For the first time in years, a huge celebration is being held in the Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt in old Homs tonight. – #Syria

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Syrian Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Lord in Syria’s Saidnaya… File this under things that you’ll never see in Saudi Arabia

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Teenage Jihadi bride who ran away to Syria is banned from returning to UK

So what went ‘wrong’? <sarc>

Sweden would welcome her with open arms….

Swedish Minister: Country Needs to Integrate Returning Islamic State Fighters

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Teenage Jihadi bride who ran away to Syria is banned from returning to UK:

Teenage jihadi bride Aqsa Mahmood has been banned from re-entering the UK.

The former private schoolgirl is among 150 terror suspects who have been stripped of their British passport after joining Islamic State.

The move comes amid fears the collapse of IS will lead to an influx of dangerous militants from the region.

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Russia To Stay In Syria For The Next 50 Years

Russia To Stay In Syria For The Next 50 Years: 

While the Trump administration appears set to withdraw US troops from Syria in the not too distant future, as hinted by the recent decision to reverse the Obama-era decision to stop arming “moderate rebels” fighting the Assad regime, Vladimir Putin has a slightly different strategic vision for the proxy war-torn nation.

On Wednesday, the Russian president signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, Reuters reported.

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Billions of dollars’ worth of arms against Syria

Billions of dollars’ worth of arms against Syria:

Over the last seven years, several billion dollars’ worth of armament has been illegally introduced into Syria – a fact which in itself is enough to disprove the myth according to which this war is a democratic revolution. Numerous documents attest to the fact that the traffic was organised by General David Petraeus, first of all in public, via the CIA, of which he was the director, then privately, via the financial company KKR with the aid of certain senior civil servants. Thus the conflict, which was initially an imperialist operation by the United States and the United Kingdom, became a private capitalist operation, while in Washington, the authority of the White House was challenged by the deep state. New elements now show the secret rôle of Azerbaïdjan in the evolution of the war.


How were the jihadists of Aleppo supplied with Bulgarian weapons?

During the liberation of Aleppo and the capture of the Saudi military staff who were on site, Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva noted the presence of weapons from her country in nine warehouses abandoned by the jihadists. She carefully noted the information on the boxes, and once she returned home, she investigated the way in which the weapons had been delivered to Syria.

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Booze in Space: The Universe Is Drowning in Alcohol

Booze in Space: The Universe Is Drowning in Alcohol:

A cold beer on a hot day or a whisky nightcap beside a coal fire. A well earned glass can loosen your thinking until you feel able to pierce the mysteries of life, death, love and identity. In moments like these, alcohol and the cosmic can seem intimately entwined.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the universe is awash with alcohol. In the gas that occupies the space between the stars, the hard stuff is almost all-pervasive. What is it doing there? Is it time to send out some big rockets to start collecting it?

H/t reader kevin a.

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Jordan Releases Footage Of Green Berets Killed While On Secret CIA Syria Mission

Jordan Releases Footage Of Green Berets Killed While On Secret CIA Syria Mission:

Jordan has just released the previously suppressed CCTV video footage of last year’s heinous attack on 3 Green Berets by a Jordanian soldier and ISIS-sympathizer as they entered a desert facility to conduct training operations as part of a CIA secret program aimed at regime change in Syria.

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Top US Commander: ‘We’re bad day away from Russians asking, ‘Why are you still in Syria?’ – #WW3, #Syria

– ‘We’re bad day away from Russians asking, ‘Why are you still in Syria?’ – top US commander:

A US special operations commander has admitted that an extended US stay in Syria runs contrary to international law and that Russia would be entirely justified in questioning its presence there.

At the Aspen Security Forum on Friday, Special Operations Command chief Army General, Raymond Thomas was asked whether American forces will remain in Syria, after Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is defeated, possibly, to support the Kurdish forces in the north of the country.

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‘Illegitimate coalition’ must pay for destroying Syria – Damascus to UN

‘Illegitimate coalition’ must pay for destroying Syria – Damascus to UN:

Syria wants the US and its allies to pay for the destruction of Syrian infrastructure and to bear legal responsibility for “illegitimately” bombing civilian targets, Damascus has told the UN, demanding that the American-led coalition strikes stop.
The Syrian “Government insists that these attacks must come to an end, and that the members of this illegitimate coalition must bear the political and legal responsibility for the destruction of infrastructure in the Syrian Arab Republic, including responsibility for compensation,” the Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations said in letters addressed to the UN Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

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Seismic Shift In Syria: Trump Ends Covert Obama-era CIA Program Which Sent Arms To Jihadists

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Seismic Shift In Syria: Trump Ends Covert Obama-era CIA Program Which Sent Arms To Jihadists:

In what may be one of the most significant foreign policy decisions of his first year in office, Trump is shutting down the CIA’s covert program to arm rebels fighting the Syrian government. This would constitute a monumental shift in terms of US priorities in Syria which throughout most of the 6-year long war have focused on removing Bashar al-Assad.

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#Trump may be giving up on arming Alqaeda, but he’s focusing on arming another Anti-christian force, The kurdish SDF

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Pentagon Furious After Turkey Leaks U.S. Base Locations In Syria: “Hard Not To See This As A F-You”

Pentagon Furious After Turkey Leaks U.S. Base Locations In Syria: “Hard Not To See This As A F-You”:

“The U.S. takes force protection seriously, obviously. The Turkish government knows this, and still decided to leak the locations of U.S. bases in Syria. Hard not to see this as a F-you.”

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Murder Of Green Berets In Jordan Exposed Secretive CIA Syria Program Details

Murder Of Green Berets In Jordan Exposed Secretive CIA Syria Program Details:

The Pentagon and CIA were repeatedly warned, but three American soldiers still ended up dead. And now the media continues to shield a scandalous secret program as a Jordanian court reaches its verdict.

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Israel Rejects Cease-fire Deal Between U.S. And Russia In South Syria

Israel Rejects Cease-fire Deal Between U.S. And Russia In South Syria:

 “The agreement as it is now is very bad” one senior Israeli official said. “It doesn’t take almost any of Israel’s security interests and it creates a disturbing reality in southern Syria. The agreement doesn’t include a single explicit word about Iran, Hezbollah or the Shi’ite militias in Syria.”

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Turkey Begins Bombing US-Backed YPG Positions In Syria

Turkey Begins Bombing US-Backed YPG Positions In Syria:

It started two weeks ago, when Turkey warned publicly it was preparing for military intervention in Syria, while accusing the US of creating a “terrorist army” (it wasn’t referring to ISIS, but US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia YPG). As a reminder, YPG forms a major part of the U.S.-backed campaign to capture Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa, and whose forces are seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey. The group currently controls a pocket of territory in Afrin, about 200 km (125 miles) west of Raqqa.

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