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Major heritage centres that the Islamic State has destroyed.

Most of these belong to the Assyrian Empire in Mesopotamia that covered most of Syria and Iraq, some even dating back to the second millennium.

- The Hindu - IN

Critics Say U.S. Is ‘Sleepwalking’ Into Wider Role in Syria.

Recently, the United States has shot down a Syrian warplane and downed two Iranian-made drones that were nearing American-backed troops.

- New York Times - US

472 civilians dead in month of US-led Syria strikes: Monitor.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the period between May 23 and June 23 saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single month since they began on Sept 23, 2014. Observatory head Abdel Rahman said 222 civilians, including 84 children, were killed in the largely Islamic State group-held province ...

- Times Of India - IN

Viral pictures of Syrian town breaking Ramazan fast with iftar among rubble.

Residents of Douma can be seen breaking their fast as a symbol of resilience in the face of death and destruction The post Viral pictures of Syrian town breaking Ramazan fast with iftar among rubble appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

472 civilians dead in month of US-led Syria strikes: monitor.

The previous deadliest 30-day period was between April 23 and May 23 this year that cost 225 civilian lives The post 472 civilians dead in month of US-led Syria strikes: monitor appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Under Right Conditions, Open to Deployment to Syria.

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have denied that they are in talks to send troops as part of a peacekeeping mission, contradicting statements from a day earlier by Russian and Turkish officials. But another Russian official confirmed that the talks were going on, and there seemed to be enough wiggle room in Astana and Bishkek to ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan deny reports they are in talks with Russia to send troops to Syria.

Russia suggested that soldiers from the two countries could help police "de-escalation zones."

- Washington Post - US

Russia Fires Cruise Missiles at Islamic State Weapons in Syria.

Russian armed forces launched a cruise-missile attack on Islamic State targets in Syria's Hama province, the defense ministry said.

- Wall Street Journal - US

For Syrian refugees celebrating Eid in Lebanon, the environment is increasingly hostile.

For Syrian refugees in Lebanon marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it has been a struggle to find enough food to break their fast each evening after sunset. This is not what Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, the festival at its end, should be about. It is a chance to give Muslims a spiritual boost, by reading the Holy Quran, ...

- The Conversation - UK

Syrian accused of seeking IS attack money tried in Germany.

A Syrian man accused of seeking 180,000 euros from someone he thought was a member of the Islamic State group to finance attacks in Europe has gone on trial in Germany.

- FOX News - US

Obama and Trump both promised peace. They delivered war.

There's an old political joke that goes like this: "They told me that if I voted for Goldwater, we'd be at war in Vietnam within a year. Well sure enough, I voted for Goldwater and now a year later we're at war in Vietnam!" Everything old is new again. Try this one: "They told me that if I voted for Clinton, we'd be at war ...

- The Week - US

As Russia launches missiles into Syria, US faces strategic dilemma

Russia launched a flurry of cruise missiles into Syria Friday, targeting Islamic State fighters with a strike that also demonstrates Moscow's ability to use its muscle to advance the interests of a Syrian government hostile to U.S.-backed militias.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Kazakhstan Denies It's in Talks to Send Troops to Syria

Kazakhstan is not conducting negotiations on sending peacekeeping troops to Syria and would only despatch troops there under a United Nations mandate, the Kazakh foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday, cited by Reuters. On Thursday, Russia's RIA news agency had quoted the head of the defense committee in the lower ...

- Novinite - BG

Russia Says It Fired Missiles From Mediterranean At IS In Syria

Russia's Defense Ministry says it has targeted Islamic State positions in Syria with cruise missiles fired from the Mediterranean Sea.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Syrian accused of seeking ISIS attack money tried in Germany

A Syrian man accused of seeking 180,000 euros from someone he thought was a member of ISIS to finance attacks in Europe has gone on trial in Germany

- The Daily Star - LB

472 civilians dead in month of US-led Syria strikes: Monitor

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the period between May 23 and June 23 saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single month since they began on September 23, 2014. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said 222 civilians, including 84 children, were killed in the largely Islamic State ...

- Times Of India - IN

Russia destroys ISIS Command and Control centres in Syria

, June 23 : Two Russian Navy frigates and a submarine has fired six Kalibr cruise missiles on Islamic State targets in Syria. Huge ISIS ammunition depot near the town of Aqerbat was destroyed by a precision strike."From the eastern part of the Mediterranean, the frigates 'Admiral Essen,' 'Admiral Grigorovich' and the ...

- Sify - IN

472 civilians dead in month of US-led Syria strikes: Monitor

US-led coalition air strikes on two Syrian provinces targeting jihadists have killed 472 civilians over the past month, a monitor said Friday, more than double a previous 30-day toll. 

- Zee News - IN

Turkey welcomes US pledge to take weapons from Kurds after Islamic State defeat

Turkey regards as a "positive step" a US pledge to take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria after the defeat of Islamic State and said its implementation was essential, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday.

- Zee News - IN

Trump calls Mexico second deadliest country , Mexico rejects the claim

Reacting to President Donald Trump's tweet about Mexico being the second deadliest country in the world after Syria, the foreign ministry of Mexico issued a statement rubbishing the claim. In a statement issued few hours after the tweet, the foreign ministry of Mexico said that while it has a signif...

- The Raw Story - US

Loose Definition of Terrorism Upends a Syrian Asylum Seeker’s Life

Radwan Ziadeh, a dissident who faced persecution in Syria, has been denied asylum because of a measure that targets even groups the United States supports.

- New York Times - US

Kulħadd irid jiekol'

My car was forced to a standstill as a heavy vehicle bulldozed its way into the street through a cloud of dust, belching noxious fumes in its wake. A flimsy steel fence separated a gaping deep hole in the rock face from several stranded drivers hooting their horns in frustration. A screaming baby in the next car just added ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Islamic State publish video of destroyed historic mosque

A video published by Islamic State shows the mosque from which they declared their 'caliphate' nearly three years ago lying in ruins.  Islamic State's Amaq news agency published a video of the destroyed Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul on Thursday, once the podium from which Islamic State declared their 'caliphate' and now in ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in Syria

Russia's Defense Ministry says it has fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on positions of the Islamic State group in Syria.

- FOX News - US

Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in Syria

- Townhall.com - US

Russia Fires 6 Cruise Missiles on IS in Syria

Russia has fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on positions of the Islamic State group in Syria, the Defense Ministry said Friday, Moscow’s latest show of strength in the conflict wracking the Mideast country.   The ministry said in a statement that two frigates and a submarine launched six cruise ...

- Voice of America - US

Kazakhstan Denies Talks On Sending Troops To Syria

Kazakhstan has refuted reports of talks with Russia on the possibility of its troops taking part in a mechanism to monitor the so-called "de-escalation" agreement in Syria.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Fidesz Calls On LMP To Voice Stance On 'Migrant Villages' In Hungary

Ruling Fidesz has reached out to the green opposition LMP party asking them to clearly state whether they support setting up migrant villages' in Hungary, the party's communications director said. Balázs Hidvéghi cited a recent proposal by the Greens' European parliamentary group leader to relocate whole Syrian villages' ...

- The Budapest Sun - HU

Local Opinion: Green MEP Proposing Mass Settlement Of Syrians In Eastern Europe

An independent conservative columnist finds an idea proposed by a leading German Green MEP to resettle whole Syrian villages into Eastern Europe, 'abhorrent'.

- The Budapest Sun - HU

Russia In Talks With Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Over Military Deployment to Syria

Russia is in talks with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan about sending troops to Syria, senior Russian and Turkish official have said. "Negotiations are now going on, a process is being worked out so that Russian military police can contribute to providing security in Syria, and proposals to our colleagues in Kazakhstan and ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Youssef Absi elected Patriarch of Melkite Greek Catholic Church

Beirut, Lebanon, Jun 22, 2017 / 12:07 pm .- The synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church elected on Wednesday Archbishop Youssef Absi as the Church's new patriarch, who received ecclesiastical communion from Pope Francis the following day. Elected June 21, Patriarch Absi, 71, succeeds Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, who ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

If Russia Wants the Syria Mess, Let Them Have It

Ted Galen Carpenter Security, Middle East American policy in Syria has been a string of embarrassing episodes. It's time to cut the losses. Relations between Moscow and Washington continue to deteriorate over a variety of issues. Contrary to the expectations of Americans who favor a more conciliatory policy toward Russia , ...

- The National Interest - US

Kullħadd irid jiekol'

My car was forced to a standstill as a heavy vehicle bulldozed its way into the street through a cloud of dust, belching noxious fumes in its wake. A flimsy steel fence separated a gaping deep hole in the rock face from several stranded drivers hooting their horns in frustration. A screaming baby in the next car just added ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Home health care aide accused of trying to help terror group

A home health care aide was charged with trying to aid the Islamic State group after he unwittingly planned his trip to Syria under the eye of law enforcement authorities, … Click to Continue

- Miami Herald - US

Kazakhstan denies it's in talks to send troops to Syria

Kazakhstan is not conducting negotiations on sending peacekeeping troops to Syria and would only despatch troops there under a United Nations mandate, the Kazakh foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday, cited by Reuters. On Thursday, Russia's RIA news agency had quoted the head of the defense committee in the lower ...

- Novinite - BG

Russia fires Kalibr cruise missiles on Isis targets in Syria

Militants who escaped the missile strikes were later killed by air strikes, the Russian defence ministry said.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Russian navy launched missile strikes on ISIS target in Syria: RIA

Russian naval vessels launched missile strikes on ISIS targets in Syria's Hama province, destroying command points and weapon and ammunition stores, RIA news agency cited the Russian defense ministry as saying on Friday

- The Daily Star - LB

Russian navy launched missile strikes on IS target in Syria: RIA

MOSCOW - Russian naval vessels launched missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria's Hama province, destroying command points and weapon and ammunition stores, RIA news agency cited the Russian defense ministry as saying on Friday.

- Reuters - US

Russia Proposes Deploying Kazakhs and Kyrgyz to Syria

And now for something completely different.

- The Diplomat - US

Don't forget non-Syrian refugees in Turkey

As is well known, Turkey has for several years hosted large numbers of Syrian refugees fleeing civil war. According to the latest United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Global Trends report—released earlier this week—Turkey continued to host the most Syrian refugees in the world: 2.9 million at the end of 2016. ...

- Brookings - US

Al Qaeda’s Leader Offers Muslim Brothers Partnership-in-Terror

June 22, 2017, 7:55 PM Ayman Zawahiri tempts the Brotherhood with a chance to save itself by cooperation in Syria.

- DEBKAFile - IL

ISIS’ Global Terror Is Resistant to Losses in Syria, Iraq

June 22, 2017, 7:55 PM Even the possible death of its “caliph” Baghdadi will not stop ISIS global terror.

- DEBKAFile - IL

Syrian-Hizballah Push for SE Syria Slowed at Daraa by US-backed SDF

June 22, 2017, 7:55 PM The Syrian-Hizballah push for the Jordanian and Israeli border districts is slowed by the Daraa setback.

- DEBKAFile - IL

Mistrust Deepens as US and Russia Spar at Ever Closer Quarters in SE Syria

June 22, 2017, 7:55 PM They are struggling to control their allies in rival bids to dominate S. Syria.

- DEBKAFile - IL

First Russian base for SE Syria - near US garrison

June 23, 2017, 7:52 AM A new Russian base is under construction in southeastern Syria at a small village called Khirbet Ras Al-Wa’r in the Bir al-Qasab district . It brings the Russian foothold to its most easterly point in Syria with a handle for controlling the volatile region, where American-backed and ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

What happens if Trump's White House invokes executive privilege?

Donald Trump's presidency has been defined by a central theme: Trump's belief that ordinary rules and laws do not apply to him. Trump has made clear that he believes it is up to his personal discretion to order torture – even though torture is illegal under all circumstances. In ordering a military strike against Syria in ...

- The Conversation - UK

Destroying Mosul's Great Mosque: Islamic State's symbolic war to the end

The Great Mosque's famous leaning minaret in 2013. Faisal Jeber/Wikimedia, CC BY-SAOn June 29 2014 – nearly three years ago to the day – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took the pulpit at the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul in northern Iraq. He announced the creation of a new Islamic State that stretched across the borders of ...

- The Conversation - UK

In shift to 'realpolitik', Macron drops French calls to oust Assad

President Emmanuel Macron has said France no longer sees Bashar al-Assad's departure as a pre-condition to resolving the Syrian conflict, ending his predecessor's intransigent stance on the Butcher of Damascus'.

- France24 - FR

Trump reaffirms commitment to build Mexico Wall

, June 23 : United States President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his commitment to build the Mexico Wall.He said that the drug trade was largely responsible for Mexico being ranked as the second deadliest country in the world after Syria."Mexico was just ranked the second deadliest country in the world, after only Syria. ...

- Sify - IN

Man charged with bid to help Islamic State group

NEW YORK — A New York home health care aide who unwittingly planned a trip to Syria under the eye of law enforcement authorities has been charged with trying to help the Islamic State group, prosecutors said. The post Man charged with bid to help Islamic State group appeared first on Inquirer News.

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

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