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Israel strikes back after Syria downs F-16 

Israel has struck what it described as Iranian targets inside Syria in raids, in retaliation to the Friday downing of an Israeli F-16 jet. Israel’s raids came after it had intercepted what it said was an Iranian drone entering its airspace from Syria, which it labelled an “attack.” The incident marked the first occasion that …

Daily News Egypt

Turkish ground forces enter Syria’s Kurdish-held Afrin, amid criticism

Turkey says its military forces have crossed into Syria’s Kurdish enclave of Afrin, as Ankara launched on Saturday an air assault to take the area held by the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkish forces crossed the border into Syria’s Afrin district on Sunday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. At a news conference in …

Daily News Egypt

A Reshaped Middle East

November 2017 has seen dramatic developments in the Middle East. For the last few months, indications have been that the region has finally gained the upper hand in its three year war against the self-styled “Islamic State” (referred to as Daesh or ISIS) after the liberation of both Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, …

Hussein Haridi

The three messages of the US strike on Syria

The chemical bombing of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria was a golden opportunity for Trump’s administration to convey three messages. The first message is an internal one: the US president was like a bad machine—talks much, does little. He only fulfilled a small part of his internal agenda. What he did was so little that some …