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 […]Read More The US is pushing Lebanon into the arms of Iran and Russia: US sanctions affect the local economy
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 […]Read More Iran upstages the US in Iraq
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Syria and its allies are preparing their missiles for a forthcoming battle with Israel if Tel Aviv decides to open fire against significant military positions under the control of the Syrian army. Well informed sources say that “it all depends on the direction the Israeli elections will take. If Prime […]Read More Syria preparing its missiles for the next battle with Israel
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 […]Read More 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 It is quite normal that the Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif is not the only decision maker on foreign policy because the Islamic Republic is in a constant war-like situation with surrounding Middle Eastern countries and the west. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s decisionto move the battle to Iran and […]Read More Zarif returns to politics and Soleimani to his maps
Iraq: The Shiistan, Sunnistan and Kurdistan projects are not over yet By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai In 2003, when the US declared its occupation of Iraq, journalists used to reach the country embedded with the occupation forces through their air transport or via Kuwait. I did not have this luxury. I took a taxi from […]Read More Reshaping the Middle East: why the West should stop its Interventions (3)
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai It was the eleventhand the most important meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli visitor heard clearly from his host that Moscow has no leverage to ask Iran to leave or to stop the flow of weapons to Damascus and that Iran […]Read More Can Netanyahu risk a “battle of missiles” with Syria?
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai President Donald Trump will not be able to declare victory over ISIS in the next days because there are still between 1000 to 1500 militants and Emirs in Baghuz, a city bordering the Euphrates river. It is obvious these militants are not ready to surrender but most likely will fight […]Read More Is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi hiding in Baghuz? Where does ISIS go now?
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 […]Read More 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 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 […]Read More Europe pays the price of a US decision: where will European ISIS go?
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow to “test the stand of Russia and its allies in Syria on their intention to go to war if Israel bombs Syrian and Iranian objectives in the Levant”. Netanyahu is seeking some answers related to the […]Read More Netanyahu insists on involving Israel in war: What is Moscow’s position?
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 […]Read More Reshaping the Middle East: why the West should stop its Interventions (2)
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 […]Read More Reshaping the Middle East: why the West should stop its Interventions (1)
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 […]Read More What are Russia and Turkey preparing for Syria? A disagreement in Sochi
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 […]Read More Iran to the Iraqis: do not attack US forces unless they refuse to withdraw following a parliamentary decision
By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The US Intelligence community claims that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) will return within twelve months of any US withdrawal from Syria and will be able to control a wide sweep of territory. In 2014 ISIS occupied an area the size of Great Britain– analysts claim that ISIS would soon be able to control […]Read More ISIS could not return after US withdrawal from Syria and Iraq
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, […]Read More 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 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 […]Read More Nasrallah challenges world intelligence services with a three-hour live interview
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 […]Read More Netanyahu’s election bombing campaign may lead to battle: Syria and Hezbollah have their fingers on the trigger
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 […]Read More Putin-Erdogan Summit: Idlib and al-Hasaka strongly present and the Kurds are the biggest losers.
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 […]Read More Lebanon needs air defence system: multiple attacks on Syria during the Arab Summit in Beirut
Beirut by Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Trump will pull out US forces in 30 days…. Trump won’t withdraw now… Trump will pull out from Syria in four months…The US forces began withdrawing military equipment but not the personnel… Trump will maintain a 20 mile buffer zone in Syria… All these contradictory announcements have come from […]Read More Will Trump and Soleimani trade Iraq for 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 […]Read More Israel has been weakened by the war on Syria: only 5% of the Iranian and Hezbollah arsenal has been destroyed in Syria
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 […]Read More Russian-Kurdish negotiations in Moscow: Turkey has defined its options and Washington is trying to gain time
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 […]Read More Trump retreats from his promise of withdrawal while al-Qaeda makes progress in Syria