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“Yankee go home!” Russia, Iran and Turkey agree the US troops must leave Syria

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran held talks yesterday in Tehran at the 7th Astana summit for peace in Syria, stressing the need for respecting Syria’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The summits date from January 2017, and […]

Damascus and the Kurds align militarily to face the Turkish threat

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator The Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) in the northeastern region of Syria have raised up the Syrian flag which represents the government in Damascus for the first time in years.  The SDF have been partnered with the US military in the fight against ISIS, but are now facing an even […]

‘The last choice to remain safe for the Kurds is to head towards Damascus’, according to Dr. Ahmad Alderzi

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator   The Syrian conflict is in a stalemate, and wasn’t even mentioned on US President Biden’s recent Middle East trip.  The proxy war in Syria features the US, NATO, EU, Turkey, Iran and Russia all playing roles which vary from conflicting, to competing, and complementing.   While the international […]

“Iran and the US should negotiate face to face to make a new nuclear deal”, says Mohammad Hatami Milanlou

There is indication that the P5+1 (US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany) will agree to a new nuclear deal.   The EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell traveled to Tehran and succeeded in gaining a resumption of indirect talks between the US and Iran in Qatar.   Trade between Iran and the EU reached […]

“Sleeping terrorist cells in Syria serve a western agenda”, says Basma Qaddour

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator   The battlefields in Syria are quiet, but the conflict is far from resolution.  Despite the lack of focus on Syria by the US, EU and NATO, there are still developments in the region and among the various players.  Resolving the Syrian conflict seems to be on the back-burner […]

Ukrainian arms sales to terrorists

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator Jurgen Stock, Secretary General of the international policing organization INTERPOL, has warned of the eventual danger of the western weapons donated to Ukraine flooding the international arms market.  Conflict zones, criminal gangs, and terrorists may be the buyers of the donated sophisticated western made weapons of war. “Once the […]

Will Netanyahu return to lead Israel again?

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator Israel is heading toward its fifth election in less than four years, as the Bennett-Lapid consensus ends in the Knesset. Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett’s Yamina Party was weakened by significant defections recently between Bennett’s right-wing allies and Arab members of the coalition, which rendered the to a government a […]

Hamas renews ties with Syria, which may signal Qatar repairing its relationship with Damascus

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator The leader of the group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, recently stated that the dispute with Syria is over, and the relationship between Hamas and Damascus is starting a new phase.  He praised Syria for its unwavering support of the Palestinian resistance cause. Hamas ideology is viewed by many as Muslim […]