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Russia confirms 'testing' advanced suicide drone model in Syria

Feb 19, 2022

Russian sources confirmed that Moscow has tested an upgraded version of its ‘Lancet’ suicide drones in Syria, adding this weapon to the series of weapons that Russia is testing over Syrian territory.

Russian media quoted an informed Russian military source as saying that “in the framework of these tests, a new version of the Lancet-3 suicide plane was used several times by Russian military units against terrorist sites in Syria”. This is the term used by the Kremlin for all Russian targets in Syria, including schools and hospitals.

Appeasing Assad for 'Peace' Put the World at Putin's Mercy

Jan 02, 2022

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto today cited Mr. Realpolitik himself, Henry Kissinger, on the dangers of appeasement, quoting from Kissinger's 1957 book, 'A World Restored': “Whenever avoidance of war has been the primary objective of a group of powers, the international system has been at the mercy of its most ruthless member.”

At least 1,800 Palestinians among the forcibly disappeared in Assad regime prisons: report

Aug 31, 2021

The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria has confirmed that at least 1,800 Palestinian detainees are among the people imprisoned in the Syrian regime’s network of both public and secret prisons, where they are subjected to various types of torture.

Deep influence: A new study on the Iranian role in re-engineering Syrian society

The Harmon Center for Contemporary Studies has issued an extensive study on the Iranian role in Syria, consisting of three sections which analyze the reasons for Iranian interference in Syria and the tools it has used, as well as its policy of re-engineering Syrian society, warning that Iran’s deep influence is likely to continue, even if the Assad regime falls and the ruling order is restructured under a new system.

$120 million a month: SDF defector discloses massive revenues from oil sales

Apr 19, 2021

Nidal Ibo, a former financial official in the ‘Autonomous Administration’ in north Syria, whose family, including his wife and children, have been detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in an effort to stop him reporting SDF crimes, has revealed information about the organization’s massive financial deals, particularly concerning oil trafficking and the revenues from it.

Russian General: Bombing Syria is a “pleasure”

Mar 29, 2021

The commander of the Russian military submarine Velikiy Novgorod, General Denis Sobin, has described the periods surrounding the bombing of Syria as "pleasant" moments, expressing his “pleasure” at bombing operations.

The commander made his statement during an interview broadcast on Monday (March 29) on the Russian Ministry of Defence’s ‘Zvezda’ TV channel.

Tensions rising as Hezbollah storms regime-run private hospital, kick out Assad’s forces: report

Mar 14, 2021

The town of Qara in the Qalamoun region, in Damascus Countryside Governorate, is reportedly witnessing rising tensions between Assad’s forces and Hezbollah.

According to local activists, the latest hostilities began when Hezbollah fighters stormed the regime-run private Qara Hospital and expelled Assad’s forces from it last week.

Putin considers slamming the door on Iran and opening a window for Israel

Feb 21, 2021

By Baria Alamuddin, Arab News

A remarkable meeting occurred in January between Syrian and Israeli officials at the Russian base near Latakia in western Syria. It appears to have been precipitated by Israeli concerns about the increasing sophistication of high-precision Iranian missiles and drones in Tehran’s satellite states.

Iran-Backed Militias Move Weapons to Daeshi Tunnels in Deir Ezzor: Report

Feb 20, 2021

The Iranian-backed Afghan Fatemiyoun militias in Deir Ezzor have reportedly begun moving their weapons, ammunition, and rockets to underground tunnels previously dug by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), better known by the pejorative term Daesh.

Working for Syria's CW Program and Spilling Its Secrets To The CIA: Book Excerpt

Feb 20, 2021

By Joby Warrick, Washington Post

He was known to the CIA's clandestine service as "the chemist," and few at headquarters would ever know his real name. A professor and a gifted scientist, he had been perfectly positioned for spy work, with a job that entitled him to privileges not accorded to ordinary Syrians, including a broad latitude to travel and to meet with foreigners in the crowded souks and smoke-filled cafes of the old city.

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