Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=736d17dc-fece-4757-a21e-7f5525b99da6 Damascus by Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The Syrian Army will take control of the Kurdish Syrian city of Afrin…. the Syrian Army won’t take control of Afrin? Finally, hundreds of Syrian popular forces (Liwa’ al Baqr – original name refers to Mohamad Bin Ali bin al-Husein al-Baker, the fifth of the twelve Shia […]Read More The “Olive Branch” is breaking: Afrin pays the price of the US-Russia struggle and Turkey is part of it
Published here: https://twitter.com/ejmalrai/status/964735616603885568 https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id Damascus – from Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Negotiations between the Syrian state and the central administration in the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin have entered their final stages. One issue remains pending and should soon be resolved. If so, it will prevent the destruction of the canton under the blows of the Turkish army […]Read More The US is observing the return of Afrin into the arms of Damascus with great concern
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Imad Mughnnieh was a young man who possessed a very developed sense of security. There are very many stories about him: some, of course, are imagined and far from reality. However, right from his youth his remarkable intelligence made him stand out. During one of my trips to Tehran, I was […]Read More A taste of my book on Hezbollah: Imad Mughnnieyh and the CNN’s missed scoop
Damascus, by Elijah J. Magnier: Decision makers in Damascus said “Syria and its allies have decided to move more harshly against Israel, replicating Hezbollah’s strategy in those days (the 90’s), before the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. For every violation of Lebanese airspace over the capital Beirut, Hezbollah would fire heavy artillery above the Israeli villages […]Read More When Red Lines are crossed in Syria, expect Israel to be shaken.
Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=bbc27d63-9db4-418f-9813-4d8ec12bca7a Damascus – from Elijah J. Magnier : @ejmalrai Damascus air defence downed its first Israeli jet (F-16) ever, at a stroke changing the rules of engagement (ROE) with Israel and sending a clear message that it is ready for war and will no longer be silent on violations of its airspace. This clash has […]Read More Syria Does Not Fear War With Israel: The Rules Of Engagement Have Changed
Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=3006ee23-e4ba-4197-b58e-02316722050b By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai In November 1989, the Lebanese Parliament approved and rectified the Taif Agreement, putting an end to 15 years of civil war. The Lebanese population believed for many years that the shadow of war had gone forever. Nevertheless, the dynamic of the internal politics in the country these last days […]Read More Is Lebanon Protected From Another Civil War?
Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=b57af47c-9ecd-4a11-9762-b14da69f09f5 By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman pushed the Lebanese government into the arms of Hezbollah when he launched his menace against Lebanon’s oil and gas resources during his talk at the think-tank Institute for National Security Studies’ (INSS) 11th Annual International conference in Tel Aviv. Lieberman’s request for international energy […]Read More Israel pushes Lebanon into the arms of Hezbollah
Published here: alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=efaf0511-a3a1-48e6-ac9a- Baghdad, by Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The Baghdad-Tehran relationship is going through difficult moments. Iran is losing its influence in Mesopotamia. This has nothing to do with replacing the Iran relationship with increased closeness in the US-Iraq or Gulf-Iraq relationships, but everything to do with the way the now famous Iranian General, Qassem […]Read More Iran is Losing Influence in Iraq: Is Qassem Soleimani the Right Person?
Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=95117f99-a921-4885-bc0e-0804d7a16b7e … By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Syrian peace talks have taken off in the Black Sea resort of Sochi: around 1400 Syrian representatives from government and opposition groups – all with different views, political agendas and goals – have agreed on 12 principles and strategic resolutions, to the intense dislike of the US and […]Read More From Sochi: the Syrian Caravan is on its way- and the US and Israel are angry
Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=874b5e93-0443-4de3-a769-9ff19ef3086f … via @alraimediagroup By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The military operation initiated by Turkey at the beginning of the week under the code name “olive branch” is suitable for several players in the Syrian arena and has the potential to embarrass them at the same time. The biggest losers remain the Kurds, who failed to […]Read More Ankara extends the “olive branch” to Damascus that is waiting to pick up the unfortunate Kurds
Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=c2ce8236-9ab9-44c4-afd1-d4cbc90d4072 … By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai In 2014, the US led a coalition of 59 countries to contain the “Islamic State” (ISIS) group’s expansion but not to eliminate it. For almost a year, and in contrast to Russia, this coalition carried out limited air attacks against the terrorist group without crippling its main source […]Read More Is the US staying in Syria for ISIS or to stand against Iran? Has it learned from history?
Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=f5c00f05-81b5-40ab-a251-9fb80c38acea … via @AlraiMediaGroup By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Turkey today launched the “Olive Branch” military operation against the Kurdish region of Afrin, north-west of Syria. The code name was released by the Turkish Chief of Staff who explained that the operation aims to prevent the spread of the People’s Protection Units and the Democratic Union Party […]Read More Russia is offering the US a Turkish “olive branch” in Afrin.
Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=f8352490-5a3b-452d-95be-3437a81088fe … Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai “The US forces will remain in Syria until they are forced to pull out”. This is what a high ranking source in Syria (a decision maker) said, in response to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who revealed the intention of the US operating in the north-east of […]Read More US forces will remain in Syria until they are forced to pull out
Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=4f810d60-87e4-455a-b85a-0830b2577590 … By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai It is clear today the US forces will stay and occupy the north-east of Syria where the Kurds of al-Hasaka and Deir-Ezzour, along with Arab tribes, are in control. Washington declared the formation of 30,000 proxies to “defend the borders” of this newly declared “state within a […]Read More Can a new “US proxy state” in Syria survive?
Published here: alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=828f297e-7267-4d6b-b257-6082171484bf … via @alraimediagroup 23 December 2017 By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai “Islamic State” (ISIS) has been defeated in Iraq and Syria, regardless of the presence of a few tactical remaining pockets. Moreover, following the decision of the international community and the other countries in the region to end the war in Syria, al-Qaeda is […]Read More ISIS defeated in Syria and Iraq and al-Qaeda cornered: US foreign policy will re-ignite extremism
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The Middle East is preparing for a new “clash” involving Israel and the United States following President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel. This time, however, a new resistance is about to be formed, united by the words of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, but […]Read More Yasser Arafat’s words restore the initiative towards Jerusalem and Russia has made agreements with “everyone”
Published here: https://www.alraimedia.com/Home/Details?id=bc581236-c500-4fb0-9caa-1b1e570db755 … By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Well informed sources have said the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp Brigadier General Haj Qassem Soleimani sent a verbal letter, via Russia, to the head of the US forces commander in Syria, advising him to pull out all US forces to the last soldier “or […]Read More Qassem Soleimani’s letter to the US: Leave Syria or else! Could Al-Hasaka 2018 become Beirut 1983?
Published here: http://alrai.li/hn5vgbl via @AlraiMediaGroup Abu Mohamad al-Joulani: a gun for hire, now hitting al-Qaeda in Syria 1 December 2017 By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai “Joulani did it again…He is changing his rifle from one shoulder to the other…. He has become a gun for hire”. This is the language used by al-Qaeda militants in Syria, describing […]Read More Al-Qaeda has been defeated in Bilad al-Sham and Hezbollah is the only consistent organisation left in the Middle East
Published here: http://alrai.li/595cn2b via @AlraiMediaGroup 30 November 2017 The Anbar Desert – by Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The Syrian war is coming to an end but is soon to be replaced by a war of another kind, more precise and difficult, a war between the neighbouring countries and those countries operating on Syrian territory. This concerns countries […]Read More The American – Iranian Cold War gets off to a hot start in Syria
Published here: http://alrai.li/mp7fw8v via @AlraiMediaGroup 23 November 2017 By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Following the victory of the Syrian army and its allies over the “Islamic State” group in the town of Albu Kamal in the north-east of the country, the road has been opened for the first time since the declaration of the Islamic Republic of […]Read More A US buffer zone in north-eastern Syria and a land-Bridge from Tehran to Beirut
21 November 2017 By Elijah J. Magnier – “It is not a question of war against Hezbollah, Iran or Lebanon, it is a preliminary preparation for an overt Saudi Arabia and Israel relationship”. This is what a decision maker related to the Israeli-Arab-Iran struggle said. In Yemen, Hezbollah was never present with large numbers: a […]Read More No war on Lebanon or Iran or Hezbollah but preliminary moves towards a Saudi-Israeli relationship
18 November 2017 By Elijah J. Magnier: Hezbollah has raised its military readiness on the whole Lebanese territory in the last few days and put its forces on high alert in the light of the threats it has received from a number of countries, and especially from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Hezbollah forces have been […]Read More Hezbollah has Stopped the Flow of Arms From Syria to Lebanon
Published here: http://alrai.li/27lhbxn via @AlraiMediaGroup By Elijah J. Magnier – Iraqi forces advance towards al-Qaem, the last “Islamic State” (ISIS) stronghold in Iraq, to put the last stone over the terrorist group’s grave and on the “Islamic State Caliphate” that so much occupied the world’s headlines over the last few years and indeed, large parts […]Read More ISIS into History’s rubbish bin and Iraq neither Iranian nor American
published here: alrai.li/f8h9ww2 via @AlraiMediaGroup By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Following the failure of the Iraqi Kurdish referendum and of the project to divide Iraq, the role Syria is playing comes up next for examination, even as the “Islamic State” group (ISIS) is slowly disintegrating, cornered in the border area between Deir Al-Zour and Al-bu Kamal. However, […]Read More Syrian “Awakening” towards Albu Kamal
Published here: http://alrai.li/8kc4yww via @AlraiMediaGroup 12 October 2017 By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The “Islamic State” (ISIS) and al-Qaeda (AQ) commanders and clerics have been engaged in a dialogue for some time to try to put their differences to one side, in order to join battle against their respective enemies. Although both groups employ the […]Read More The “Islamic State” and al-Qaeda are meeting: can they unite under one umbrella or even join forces?