The US is pushing Lebanon into the arms of Iran and Russia: US sanctions affect the local economy

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Lebanon is expecting the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week at a time when the Lebanese economic-political map is being redrawn and while Lebanon is suffering its most serious economic downturnin recent history. Reasons for the deterioration of the local economy include not only the corruption of […]

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Iran upstages the US in Iraq

By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is visiting Iraq for three days, leading a large political and business delegation to deepen the relationship between the two countries. Rouhani met with the Iraqi President, Prime Minister, and Speaker of Parliament. The Iranian President visited Karbalaa this afternoon, is spending the night in Najaf […]

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Is the UK prepared to add Iran to its list of terrorists? Tightening the noose around the neck of the community that supports Hezbollah

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The UK government has added the political and military branches of Lebanese Hezbollah to its terrorist list following a decision initiated by Home Secretary Sajid Javid and approved by Parliament. Hezbollah, or the “Party of God” is now one of the 74 foreign groups and 14 other groups related to Northern Ireland […]

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US forces will stay in Syria: Negotiations with the Kurds will be complicated, as Syria prepares for an Idlib offensive

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Washington declared it won’t fully withdraw its troops from Syria but will leave “400 peace keeping forces”, making these soldiers an official occupation force since the last ISIS stronghold is about to be freed. This new situation leaves the US and European allies without any cloak of legality, since the pretext of […]

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Europe pays the price of a US decision: where will European ISIS go?

By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai On Twitter, the US president’s preferred forum to reveal foreign policy and state decisions, Donald Trump asked “Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS captured in Syria” from 44 countries. Otherwise, Trump will “release them” without specifying where and in which country. The US President […]

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Reshaping the Middle East: why the West should stop its Interventions (2)

Syria: the project of creating a” jungle state” instead gave birth to a powerful Resistance movement By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai   Foreign intervention has pushed many Middle Eastern populations into poverty, at the same time making them more determined to confront and reject the global domination sought by the USA. The number of Middle Eastern […]

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Reshaping the Middle East: why the West should stop its Interventions (1)

By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Every single foreign intervention has made the Middle East reconfigure itself against the interventionists. It has harshly counter-attacked, creating the opposite of the insurgents’ desired effect. When we look at recent history (the last four decades since the PLO was expelled from Lebanon), the list is cataclysmic. We find […]

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What are Russia and Turkey preparing for Syria? A disagreement in Sochi

By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai The 14thof February meeting in Sochi between the three Presidents (Russia, Turkey and Iran) is not expected to find solutions agreeable to all parties about the two main problem areas left in Syria: northeast Syria (Manbij to Qamishli/al-Hasaka), currently occupied by US forces, and Idlib city and its rural areas occupied […]

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Iran to the Iraqis: do not attack US forces unless they refuse to withdraw following a parliamentary decision

By Elijah J. Magnier –  US president Donald Trump’s statement of his intention to remain in Iraq in order to “be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem” has created a political storm in Mesopotamia among local politicians and groups now determined to put an end to the US presence […]

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Netanyahu misleads the Israelis about cross-border tunnels and “Operation Northern Shield”: Is he preparing an electoral war on Lebanon?

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai There is much talk in the Levant, in Syria and Lebanon, that Israel, and more precisely Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, is seriously contemplating a large-scale cross-border battle that could escalate into war to ensure his re-election. Notwithstanding his claims of a “tremendous success in “Operation Northern Shield” (ONS) launched last December, […]

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Nasrallah challenges world intelligence services with a three-hour live interview

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The leader of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah challenged world intelligence services, notably the Israelis, who track him by the hour, during a three hour live broadcast interview with al-Mayadeen TV on Saturday. Nasrallah showed he has the technical ability to broadcast live for this length of time without fear of […]

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Netanyahu’s election bombing campaign may lead to battle: Syria and Hezbollah have their fingers on the trigger

By Elijah J. Magnier –  @ejmalrai Israel has attacked Syria many times during the last seven years of war imposed on Syria. It has run red-lights and broken taboos in order to provoke the “Axis of the Resistance” inside Syria, but has refrained from infuriating Hezbollah in Lebanon. Nevertheless, the most recent Israeli attack has […]

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Putin-Erdogan Summit: Idlib and al-Hasaka strongly present and the Kurds are the biggest losers.

By Elijah J. Magnier:  @ejmalrai The two presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are meeting to discuss their long-term strategic-economic relationship. Nevertheless, the situation in Syria and the US claimed withdrawal from the occupied northeast of the Levant is expected to occupy the greater part of their discussion. Both presidents are aware of the […]

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Lebanon needs air defence system: multiple attacks on Syria during the Arab Summit in Beirut

Beirut (Lebanon), by Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Israeli jets carried out several waves of attacks, launching a total of 45 missiles first in daylight on Sunday and then again for 55 minutes after midnight. The Israeli attack on multiple Syrian targets coincided with the one day Arab Economic and Social Development Summit which began on […]

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Israel has been weakened by the war on Syria: only 5% of the Iranian and Hezbollah arsenal has been destroyed in Syria

Beirut, Lebanon, By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Intelligence sources said “Israel wants Syria to return to the era before 2011 when the leaders of the country were less powerful and experienced than they are today after seven years of warfare, the delivery of Russian advanced equipment mostly for air defence, the supply and manufacturer of […]

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Russian-Kurdish negotiations in Moscow: Turkey has defined its options and Washington is trying to gain time

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Secret negotiations are ongoing in Moscow and Damascus between representatives of the Syrian Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Russian officials concerning the fate of Kurdish militants in Syria. The Kurdish delegation is hoping that Russia – and not the US – will adopt the role of guarantor of their safety and […]

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Trump retreats from his promise of withdrawal while al-Qaeda makes progress in Syria

By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai Al-Nusra front – al-Qaeda rebranded as HTS (Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham) – is expanding its influence and military control over entire Syrian cities and villages in northern and western rural Aleppo. Abu Mohammad al-Joulani, the ex- ISIS (the Islamic State terror group) Emir of Syria and the self proclaimed Emir […]

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