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
By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Tension is silently mounting between Israel and Hezbollah on the Lebanese border, where frenetic preparations are taking place, under the watchful eyes of both belligerents. There is an unusual state of alert, yet hardly visible to the naked eye: Israel is increasing its patrols on the borders, raising the deployment […]Read More Is Israel preparing a war on Hezbollah in Lebanon? Would Russia expand its presence to south Lebanon?
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai It was not difficult to foresee Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi’s decision to abide by the unilateral US decision to impose sanctions on Iran. Nevertheless, as long as it was not official, it was possible to pretend it would not happen. But now Abadi himself is saying it loud and clear: I […]Read More Haidar Abadi chose the US camp, knowing he cannot win a second term. He has shot himself in the foot!
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The leaders of Saudi Arabia mock western values with supreme confidence by virtue of their money power. Democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, freedom to protest, freedom of expression, and other freedoms are treated as norms imposed by the West. If you wish to violate these sacred principles, all you have […]Read More Saudi Arabia mocks the world with its wealth… and some help from Trump
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Russian military police forces have established eight static positions along the 1974 disengagement line and have registered a strong presence with UNDOF observer forces on the occupied Golan Heights line. Moreover, a Russian force headed by a Russian General arrived, for the second time this year, at the Lebanese Hezbollah post […]Read More Russia is expanding its control over more Syrian territory and muscling in on Hezbollah on the borders.
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Published by: https://ahtribune.com/us/trump-at-war/2405-oman-iran.html … The US establishment wrongly believed that it could deal with Iran as with North Korea, using a carrot and stick. Threatening diplomacy has never worked with the “Islamic Republic” since 1979 when the Shah fell and Imam Khomeini seized power. It is true that US pressure on Iran over […]Read More Can Oman build a ladder for Trump to come down the Iranian tree he climbed?
Published here: https://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/syria-crisis/2399-us-leave-syria-kurds.html By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai: The Syrian army is conducting its southern campaign with the pacification of the last two percent of the Qunietra province that remains under the control of the “Islamic State” (ISIS) terrorist group. That will free tens of thousands of troops of the Syrian army and its allies from the […]Read More Why will the US leave Syria soon? The Kurds are waking up.
Damascus, Daraa, Suweida, by Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Reading time: 3 min 49 sec In one of the bloodiest massacres after Speicher (Iraq), more than 150 ISIS militants attacked the province and the city of Suweida killing over 220 farmers (men, women, children) and members of the Syrian army and the local National Defence Forces. However, the […]Read More The ISIS Suweida attack is a message to its branch in Quneitra, and to Russia and Damascus
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has communicated to the Russian leadership that “Israel has exhausted our patience” … “Israeli jets will be a legitimate target for our defence systems if Tel Aviv doesn’t cease its provocation and stop targeting our military positions and jets”. According to decision makers, “Assad has no […]Read More Assad: Israel has exhausted our patience and Iran will stay in Syria as long as needed. But has Putin saved Netanyahu from his “unsuitable ideas” towards Syria and Iran?
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Southern Syria is surrendering to the forces of the Syrian army: deals have been concluded between the Syrian government and the militants, including jihadists belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra (aka Hayat Tahrir al-Sham). The main deal, supervised by the Russian forces, allows whoever is willing to go to the northern city of […]Read More The last southern battle in Syria: finish off ISIS and then on, towards Idlib
Baghdad by Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The end of the Islamic State (ISIS) occupation of a third of Iraq and the return to control by Government forces of the entire territory is not giving peace and stability to Mesopotamia. People took to the streets in many southern provinces protesting about the lack of basic services the country has […]Read More The US forces in al-Tanf are beleaguered on both the Syrian and Iraqi sides: Tehran is challenging Washington in Iraq, Abadi is no longer the agreed favourite candidate
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Much speculation and many “positive outcome” comments were released about a “secret deal” alleged to have taken place during the meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week in Moscow. The Israeli media described it as “successful”, like the last visits (three in […]Read More Putin – Netanyahu meeting in Moscow: “Your concern about Iran’s presence in Syria must be postponed until Terrorism is defeated and Syria is liberated”.
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Both Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are meeting today Monday in Helsinki, Finland to discuss issues much more important than events in the Middle East. Despite its own importance, the situation in Syria is not as urgent as clarifying US intentions towards Russia and the potential will of both […]Read More Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki: objectives bigger than Syria and the Middle East
Daraa by Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai A top decision maker in Syria has said “the US has sent a message to the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad that expresses the US establishment’s wishes. Under these wishes there is an Israeli goal compatible with Donald Trump’s objective to pull out its own forces from Syria with as […]Read More US message to Assad: “We will pull out of al-Tanf and the North if Iran withdraws from Syria”
Daraa, where the slogan “Allawites to the coffin and Christians to Beirut” was first raised in 2011, surrender. Quneitra By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The Syrian army and the allies of Hezbollah and Iran are preparing to finish off the last pockets of militants and jihadists in the city of Daraa (the western part of it), […]Read More Israel’s last breath in Southern Syria: Hezbollah and Iran confront ISIS in Quneitra.
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Russian advisors visiting the Syrian capital Damascus are confident that the US forces will pull out of al-Tanf and will also aim to completely withdraw from north of Syria (al-Hasaka and Deir-Ezzour) in the next six months. According to top decision makers based in Damascus, the US President Donald Trump is […]Read More Us forces leaving al-Tanf…and Syria: Russia remains in the Levant