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29 Arrested in Connection to Syrian Terrorist Financing Scheme in France

(AFP) — French police on Tuesday arrested 29 people in a sting operation targeting a network of terror financing for jihadists in Syria, prosecutors said. The network, active since 2019, mostly operated via the purchase of crypto-currency coupons whose references 0…

Dutch Government Seeks to Hold Syria Accountable for Torture

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—The Dutch government announced on Sept. 18 it is holding Syria responsible under international law for “gross human rights violations,” in a process that could ultimately trigger a case at the United Nations’ highest court. The Dutch initiative, invoking the U.N. Convention against…

Donald Trump’s lonely victory in the Middle East

Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan, an old adage says. An exception is the peace agreement among Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, likely to be followed by several other Arab states. Added to this is Kosovo’s decision to move its…

The Conspiracy Theory to Rule Them All

Photography by Tereza Zelenkova The modern world’s most consequential conspiracy text was barely noticed when it first appeared in a little-read Russian newspaper in 1903. The message of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is straightforward, and terrifying: The rise of liberalism had provided…

Roadside IED kills Russian major general in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

Russia’s foray into Syria took yet another heavy toll this week, when that nation’s Defense Ministry confirmed that a major general was killed in Syria by an improvised explosive device, Al-Monitor online reported. Major General Vyacheslav Gladkikh died after a roadside IED detonated under a…

The Golden Era That Wasn’t

“If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of…

Deadly ‘flying Ginsu’ weapon used again in Syria

Abu Yahya al-Uzbeki, an independent “military trainer” recently affiliated with the al Qaeda-linked Hurras Al-Din organization, probably never saw it coming. He was killed by the notorious R9X variant of the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, a non-explosive weapon that can best be described as a 100-pound…

Police in Germany Arrest Suspected Syrian Militant Near Berlin

BERLIN (AP) – German authorities arrested a Syrian national Tuesday on suspicion he was a member of two militant groups that fought against the government of President Bashar Assad during the early stages of the conflict in Syria. The suspect, 0…

UN-backed tribunal says no direct proof Hezbollah murdered Hariri

BEIRUT – There is no direct evidence that Hezbollah or the allied Syrian government was responsible for ordering the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, an international tribunal in the Netherlands found on Tuesday. The verdict announcement in the UN-backed tribunal is…

A shattered Lebanon braces for 2005 Hariri verdict

A UN-backed tribunal will hand down its verdict Tuesday on the 2005 murder of former premier Rafic Hariri, two weeks after the Lebanese capital was rocked by a massive explosion and amid fears of new civil unrest. Four members of the powerful Shiite militant group…

Chaos deepens in Syria’s northeast

Across most of Syria, the active zones of opposing outside powers are largely clear. In government-held territory in the country’s center, west and south, President Bashar al-Assad’s allies Russia, Iran and Hezbollah predominate. The northwest is the remit of Turkey, where it operates in support…

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