By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Syria will adopt a new rule of engagement with Israel now that Russia has taken a tougher and clearer stance on the conflict between Israel and the “Axis of the Resistance”. Henceforth, Damascus will be responding to any Israeli strike. If it damages a specific military target it will reply with […]Read More New Rules of engagement between Syria and Israel, as Russia changes its position
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Israel just announced the beginning of “Operation Northern Shield” to “destroy Hezbollah cross-border tunnels that pose an imminent threat to the safety of Israel”. Israel sent its Special Forces to protect its army engaged in searching for tunnels in case of a military reaction from Hezbollah. On the other […]Read More Hezbollah and Israel on full alert on the borders: a popcorn operation!
By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai US sanctions on Hezbollah and its allies have limited effect; thus, the US is meddling in internal Lebanese politics, hoping to disrupt Hezbollah’s alliance with the Christians of Lebanon. Hezbollah considers the US administration’s sanctions on the group to be an ineffective power play. Hezbollah and its commanders don’t […]Read More The US has Hezbollah’s allies in its sights, and the “Free Patriotic Movement” is no longer holding the balance.
By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Who was it that helped the Iranian General, head of the al-Quds brigade, Qassem Soleimani, to expand his influence and the circle of his allies in the Middle East? How did his name become so well-known and his reputation blown up out of all proportion? Behind Soleimani’s success we […]Read More Who boosted Qassem Soleimani’s image and spread Iran’s influence throughout the Middle East?
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The policy of the US establishment towards Lebanon is evidently changing and unstable, with a President who lacks general knowledge about the Middle East and above all of Hezbollah’s role in the region. It seems President Donald Trump is willing to reduce military support to the Lebanese Army and to […]Read More Hezbollah in Lebanon: US hegemony is over
By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai All wars initiated or supported by the US establishment – from the occupation of Iraq in 2003, the second Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, the regime-change in Syria in 2011 and the occupation of a third of Iraq in 2014 – have failed in their goal of stoking […]Read More After Lebanon 2006, Syria 2011 and Iraq 2014, the “Arab NATO” and a Sunni-Shia war to revive
By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Today the harshest and highest level economic and energy sanctions that can be imposed on any country are being imposed unilaterally on Iran. The US establishment will try its best to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees and Tehran will do its best to cross the US minefield. Whatever […]Read More The Global US Squeeze on Iran has started: Europe is looking for alternatives
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The October 15 deadline agreed to by Turkey, Russia and Iran for Turkey to evacuate all heavy weapons and jihadist groups along a 15-20 km demilitarised demarcation line around Idlib and its rural area, including rural Latakia, has come and gone. Nevertheless, despite serious Turkish pressure on jihadists to leave Syria […]Read More Saudi stops funding terror in Syria as the Arab League prepares to resume ties with Damascus: the time is not yet ripe for retaking Idlib
Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Secret talks between the UN and Hezbollah, threats by the US establishment against Iraqi leaders and Hezbollah, exchanges of messages between Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and the US representative, and a constant tug of war… All this and more has been registered – according to sources close to Soleimani – during […]Read More Forming an Iraqi Government: Secret Talks Between the UN and Hezbollah, an Exchange of Messages in Mesopotamia, and More
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The Israeli Air Force is conducting intensive manoeuvres with its F-35 Adirs along with F-16s over Lebanese airspace to counter the threat posed by the three battalion sets of S-300PM missiles systems delivered by Moscow to Damascus so that Tel Aviv can resume its bombing of targets in Syria. Despite the […]Read More Israel trains to counter the S-300 and Russia expands towards Lebanon
Beirut from Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Published by: Israel, through its Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, is waving the flag of war in the face of Iran and Hezbollah, showing what is claimed to be a “secret nuclear facility in Iran and Hezbollah’s strategic missile warehouse in the heart of the capital Beirut”. The “secret nuclear […]Read More Iran and Hezbollah are ready to face any challenge: but are Israel and the US ready?
By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Iraqi politicians have agreed on a new prime minister, Adel Abdel Mahdi, to replace Haidar al-Abadi, after over four months of difficult work. Adel Abdel Mahdi is an experienced politician who almost became prime minister in the 2000s when Moqtada al-Sadr suddenly turned against him and, overnight, promoted Nuri al-Maliki […]Read More Iraq will have a President and Prime Minister who takes account of both Iranian and US interests
By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Russia has decided to send to Syria its S-300 VM system and has started delivering the Krasukha 4 radar systems jammer and other related military equipment. These installations indicate the low level of relations between Moscow and Tel Aviv. Israel’s capacity to destroy the new Russian system in Syria is […]Read More Iran looks on as Israeli arrogance forces Putin’s hand
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Much scepticism surrounds the fate of the city of Idlib following the deal concluded between the two presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that led to the suspension of the long-awaited military operation against the jihadists and their allies. Only a few details of the deal have been revealed, enough […]Read More Putin-Erdogan have concluded a good deal on Idlib
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The Syrian defence system shot down by mistake a Russian Ilyushin IL-20M 90924 surveillance plane in Syria with 15 servicemen on board on Monday evening, the day after an Israeli F-16 destroyed an Iranian military cargo plane on the Damascus airport runway killing the second pilot. Simultaneously with the downing of […]Read More Russia, USA, Israel, Iran and Syria: a continuous struggle to trigger or avoid war
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Turkey is pushing further reinforcements of troops, commando units and tanks into the northern Syrian city of Idlib and around it, for a specific objective: to disrupt the attack against the city by the Syrian forces and their allies supported by Russia. Ankara is indeed taking advantage of the Russian slowing […]Read More The Liberation of Idlib: Turkey is in the way, with Russia slowing down
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The US favourite candidate for the prime ministership Haidar Abadi lost his last chance to renew his mandate for a second term when riots caused arson around the southern city of Basra and burned down the walls of the Iranian consulate in the city. While the inhabitants demonstrated for their justified […]Read More Haidar Abadi has fallen with the burned walls of the Iranian consulate in Basra
Baghdad, Basra by Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The US-Iran tug of war is falling heavily on Iraq, a country which is fragile and which has not been allowed to breathe since the occupation of Iraq in 2003, right up until today. First came US total control of Mesopotamia, and then al-Qaeda in Iraq metamorphosed into the […]Read More A wake-up call to the US in Baghdad: will Haidar Abadi become the Mohammad Morsi of Iraq?
Baghdad by Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai While domestic US politics are dominated by stories of foreign interference in US elections, the US government seems oblivious that its open efforts to control the politics of Iraq may be fostering a genuine resistance movement with dire consequences for the United States. A new wave of violent demonstrations is […]Read More The USA oblivious to the rise of a resistance movement in response to its interference in Iraqi elections
Baghdad by Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The battle between the US and Iran came to light overtly in the first session of the new Iraqi parliament. This contest will remain open until the federal court decides which of the two coalitions holds the largest number of deputies and is therefore eligible to form a government (the […]Read More The US horse fell at the first jump in Iraq
For: By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Russia has amassed large naval and air forces in the Mediterranean opposite the Syrian coast under the command of the Russian Navy commander Admiral Vladimir Korolov. 25 warships and 30 aircraft are involved in these extensive manoeuvres: Tu-160 bombers, Tu-142s, II38 anti-submarine, Su-33s and Su-30SMs, and other aircraft. The drill […]Read More Will the battle of Idlib start while Russian task force is in the Mediterranean?
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Al-Da’wa party member Faleh al-Fayyad is the official candidate for the anti-US camp in Iraq. The Iraqi Prime Minister ad interim Haidar Abadi reacted immediately to the news and sacked Fayyad, a follow party senior member who held for many years the position of National Security Advisor and head of the “Popular Mobilisation […]Read More Faleh al-Fayyad is the official anti-US PM candidate in Iraq, while the US is trying to hit Iran below the belt
By Elijah J. Magnier :@ejmalrai Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz didn’t wait for the ink to dry on the deal signed by the Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami and his Syrian counterpart Ali Ay’youb “to rebuild the Syrian Army” and warned that his country will attack Iranian forces inside Syria. Moreover, the US vowed to […]Read More The US doesn’t care about Idlib but wants to get Iran to the negotiating table
By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai After more than seven years of war with the goal of changing the Syrian regime, the target has now become Hezbollah. But the question remains: after the failure of the 2006 war, what can the enemies of this organisation do to achieve their goal? Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah […]Read More After the failed attempt at Syrian regime change, the next target is Hezbollah
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai In the coming month, following Eid al-Adha (August 21st), Iraq will be on the horns of a dilemma. The Federal Court has confirmed the results of the manual recount of the May parliamentary elections with insignificant changes to the previously announced results. After the holiday the Iraqi coalition that can assemble more […]Read More Which war for Mesopotamia? Iraq must choose between Iran and the US