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SYRIA-PALESTINE/ISRAEL: Mike Pompeo visits Golan Heights and West Bank settlement, in a provocative act before U.S. President Donald Trump leaves his post. Syria and Palestine condemned the visit. Palestinians and Arab states said the move would help cement Israeli control over occupied territory.

SOURCES: REUTERS – SKY

 

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  • SYRIA: The United States imposed new sanctions targeting Syria’s oil sector. Warned Assad regime to take irreversible steps toward a peaceful resolution or face further crippling sanctions.

SOURCE: DAILY SABAH

 

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  • SYRIA: The United States has started construction of a new military base in Syrian oil rich Deir Ez-Zor governorate near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The new base will be the fourth in the governorate, and the ninth in eastern Syria.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

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  • SYRIA: The United States has reiterated its opposition to Turkish military operations against Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria, extending emergency powers to counteract the move.

SOURCE: AHVALNEWS

 

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  • Following recent altercations, Russia and the US have strengthened their forces in northeastern Syria, to secure their positions and prevent further clashes. Most of northern Syria is under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are mainly supported by the US-led International Coalition.  Northeastern Syria is a strategic region, as it is close to Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and the Mediterranean, in addition to the presence of oil fields.

SOURCE: SYRIANOBSERVER

 

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  • SYRIA:  The Islamic State operations against Syrian regime and pro-Iranian targets have recently intensified, causing additional losses, despite the military operations of Russia. The United States is the main beneficiary of [IS attacks], using them as a pretext to justify its presence in eastern Syria.

SOURCE: AL MONITOR

 

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  • LEBANON: Security forces arrest members of a terrorist cell linked to the Islamic State that was in the process of carrying out security activities inside Lebanon. ISIS has been damaged to the point that it does not hold any territory in Syria or Iraq any more. But its fighters still operate in some parts of Syria and Iraq, mostly in the vast uncontrolled border areas.

SOURCE: SOHR

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  • United States is planning to include the YPG/PKK terrorist group in United Nations-brokered talks despite staunch opposition by Turkey and Syrian opposition leaders. Previously, Saudi Arabia made similar attempts to legitimize the terrorist organization by incorporating it into official talks.

SOURCE: DAILY SABAH

 

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  • LEBANON: A special Lebanon tribunal found a member of Hezbollah -Salim Ayyash- guilty of the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The trial chamber is of the view that Syria and Hezbollah may have had motives to eliminate Mr. Hariri, despite there´s no evidence.

SOURCE: FRANCE 24

 

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  • SYRIA: Elements of the Islamic State group are working to rebuild in western Syria, where the U.S. has little presence, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East warned.

SOURCE: EURONEWS