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Tillerson: one condition for US/Russia military cooperation in Syria

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the United States will not agree to cooperate with Russia’s military in Syria until Moscow recognizes that not all Syrian opposition groups are terrorists, European allies say. During a meeting with his counterparts from France, Germany, Turkey, and other countries on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting in Bonn on February 17, Tillerson said the Trump administration supported UN efforts to forge peace in Syria through negotiations that are set to resume in Geneva on February 23. Diplomats at the meeting said Tillerson stressed that Moscow’s alignment with the Syrian government, which labels all Syrian...

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What is the current US regime’s policy on Palestine?

By: Robert Mathews Source: openDemocracy How do we assess current US policy towards Israel and its conflict with Palestine? First of all, with a personality so volatile, erratic and unpredictable, it is hazardous to make predictions. What we have seen is a mix of hard-line attitudes followed by a slight softening, followed by more hard-line proclamations during the visit with Netanyahu. Both the substance and tone of Trump’s remarks on Wednesday left some wondering whether he was just saying whatever came into his head on the Israeli problematic, or whether it represented some expert discussion and reflection on the part of the administration. Conforming to his usual public speaking style,...

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Turkish-backed Syrian rebels “capture” Syrian town al-Bab

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have captured the western outskirts of the Syrian city of al-Bab, held by ISIS (IS), reports say, according to BBC News. The forces have been fighting to take the city, about 30km (20 miles) south of Turkey, from ISIS since late 2016. It is part of a broader offensive by Turkey to push ISIS and Kurdish fighters away from Turkey’s southern border. Syrian forces meanwhile have closed in on al-Bab from the south, where there is reported to be fierce fighting. Syrian troops and the pro-Turkish rebels supported by Turkish soldiers are now within 3km of each other on opposite sides of al-Bab, the Associated Press news...

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