Occupation detains two Palestinians in Nablus

Occupation detains two Palestinians in Nablus

The Israeli occupation on Saturday detained two...

SDF militants  killed in two attacks in Hasakeh countryside

SDF militants killed in two attacks in Hasakeh countryside

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Jenkomra...a village of breathtaking beauty

Jenkomra...a village of breathtaking beauty

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“Let's do it” campaign launched in Lattakia to preserve environment

“Let's do it” campaign launched in Lattakia to preserve environment

World Cleanup Day is an annual global social...

Lebanon: The number of victims of the Tayouneh events has risen to 7

Lebanon: The number of victims of the Tayouneh events has risen to 7

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Uzbekistan refuses to deploy US forces on its soil

Uzbekistan refuses to deploy US forces on its soil

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Beauty world exhibition displays natural products with Syrian raw materials

Beauty world exhibition displays natural products with Syrian raw materials

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Al-Miqdad holds talks with Serbian officials

Al-Miqdad holds talks with Serbian officials

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates...

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Economy & Aftermath

Investigative Reporting

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The historic visitors center in Palmyra is put into service after its restoration

The historic visitors center in Palmyra …

The Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Governorate of Homs, put the historic visitors center building in the ancient city of Palmyra into service, after its restoration as a result of the attacks of the terrorist “ISIS” organization, at an estimated cost of 300 million Syrian pounds.

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Speaking stones in Hiyam Badr paintings

Speaking stones in Hiyam Badr paintings

Hiyam Ali Badr, is an artist from Lattakia, who makes stones tell stories by memorable paintings.She uses Safon stones,which were named after Mount Safon in the Syrian coast, which means the throne of God Baal in Ugareitian.She decorate mirrors, wood surfaces or fabric using oil colors in the backgrounds of her stone paintings. After six years of fruitful and continuous artistic work in this field, Hiam continues to innovate and invent new paint...

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A young Syrian artist participates in an international film

A young Syrian artist participates in an…

Young artist Lynn Barazi has finished filming her scenes in an international movie in Sweden, after her participation in a Syrian movie with Actor Ayman Zidan. In a statement to SANA, Barazi indicated that her participation in the film came after her success in passing the stage casting test where only 19 students out of 171 ones were accepted. She indicated that as a result of the success in the audition, she had a role in this international f...

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Israeli occupation arrests one of the occupied Syrian Golan’s people

Israeli occupation arrests one of the oc…

OCCUPIED SYRIAN GOLAN, (ST)_The Israeli occupation arrested this morning one of the people of the occupied Syrian Golan, according to the Syrian News Agency (SANA).    The agency reported that the occupation’s forces raided the town of Majdal Shams and arrested Salman Awwad in the wake of the protest that was held by the residents of Mas’adah town yesterday in rejection of increasing the number of Israeli settlemen...

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According to a recent analysis by  Simon Tisdall, the Guardian,  it is the Maverick, out-of-control authoritarian leaders – and here we are talking about Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president – tend to think they know best about everything, and are fiercely intolerant of criticism. It is this hubris that has finally led Erdoğan and Turkey to the brink of disaster in Syria after nine years of bombastic threats, proxy conflict and direct military intervention.

Erdoğan is now isolated on all sides, sharply at odds with other major players in the Syrian crisis. Having sent an extra 7,000 troops and armour into Idlib last month to reinforce existing military outposts, Turkey has plunged in open warfare with Syria. It has attacked airports and radar sites well behind the de facto “frontline”. It has declared all Syrian  “elements” to be legitimate targets.

But what is happening now in north-west Syria is no longer a proxy war. It is a direct confrontation between the two heavily armed neighbouring states. And it threatens to draw Turkey deeper into military conflict with Russia.

It’s hard to know the facts, given Erdoğan’s suppression of independent journalism. But the truth seems to be very different. The death toll may have totaled up to 55, according to Metin Gurcan, a military analyst writing for the respected online regional platform al-Monitor. Local reports speak of up to 100 dead.

Infuriated Russian commanders – or maybe the order came from Moscow – appear to have drawn a line after weeks of lethal sparring. The Turkish convoy was hit late in the afternoon that same day. In the hours that followed, with injured soldiers in urgent need of medical aid, Moscow rejected Ankara’s request to open Idlib’s airspace to allow an evacuation, Gurcan reported.

Was Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, intent on teaching Erdoğan a harsh lesson? If so, it seems to have worked. Erdoğan is now pinning his hopes on a face-to-face meeting with the Russian leader to prevent more, costly collisions that Turkey cannot win. He will travel to Moscow on Thursday in search of a ceasefire – after Putin agreed to make time for him.

Putin’s price for letting Erdoğan off the hook may be a full or partial Turkish withdrawal from Idlib but also from other Turkish-occupied Syrian territory west of the Euphrates – and from the Kurdish-dominated north-east region that he controversially invaded last autumn. Once again, Erdoğan is reaping what he sowed.

Dr. Mohamad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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