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Little Santas flock onto Aleppo streets at Christmas, 1 year after liberation

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SHAFAQNA - Dozens of children dressed in red-and-white Santa Claus costumes danced around a fir tree as Christians in Syria’s Aleppo celebrated Christmas, a scene unimaginable a year ago under Islamist occupation. Two-thirds of Aleppo’s…

EXCLUSIVE - Restoration of Aleppo is Well Under Way

SHAFAQNA - Special investigative correspondent, Co-Editor Sophie Mangal, Inside Syria Media Center. According to Inside Syria Media Center military correspondence on the ground, Aleppo, the largest Syrian city is beginning to come back to…

Documentary - Aleppo Renaissance

SHAFAQNA - Documentary about the theft and destruction of the industrial cities of Aleppo by Sinan Saeed and Tom Duggan with Fares Shehabi (MP for Aleppo).

Syria resumes evacuation after terrorists kill 126

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SHAFAQNA - The Syrian army has resumed the evacuation of residents from militant-besieged areas outside Aleppo after buses carrying them were hit by terrorists on Saturday, killing at least 126 people.  The so-called Syrian Observatory…

10 Civilians Killed by US-led Coalition Airstrike near Aleppo

SHAFAQNA - Local sources say at least 10 civilians have lost their lives when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh in Syria carried out an airstrike against a militant-held area in the country’s northern province of Aleppo. The…

Syria and Siffien – Thoughts on the Repetition of History

SHAFAQNA - In His Name, the Most High Over the last couple of weeks, indeed since the illegal invasion and attack on Syria various rumours and games have been in play.  When this subject is discussed, it needs to be done so with responsibility…

SHAFAQNA ROUND-TABLE WITH SHEIKH SHABBIR HASSANALLY, on Aleppo and Resistance

SHAFAQNA - A weekly podcast hosted by Catherine Shakdam – Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies. Guest: Sheikh Shabbir Hassanally - Islamic scholar, and political commentator  

Bashar al-Assad's message to Syrians after the liberation of Aleppo

SHAFAQNA - Following is the transcript of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Syrian people on the wake of Aleppo's liberation. Transcript : What happened in Aleppo can be described as follows: time and History are linked,but people…

EDITORIAL – Western propaganda has reached hysterical levels

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SHAFAQNA – While I doubt that any sane person remains under any impression that western powers and their beloved Arab allies are genuine when they speak such words as: democracy, freedom and justice for the oppressed, hypocrisy has reached…

Some truth About Syria

SHAFAQNA -  The liberation of Aleppo by the Syrian government forces has united two seemingly disparate groups who are essentially using the same sectarian incitements. On the one hand, there are Pakistan’s banned outfits. On the other hand…

EXCLUSIVE: Aleppo Liberation: Internal Differences and Skepticism

SHAFAQNA -The evacuation process of thousands of Syrian civilians along with thousands of armed militants from the newly liberated Aleppo was under way on Thursday, as part of a ceasefire deal that would end years of militant occupation by terrorist…

Syria grand Mufti: Aleppo will not be destroyed, but terrorists will be driven out

SHAFAQNA - After meeting with Cardinal Bisharah Boutros al-Ra’i, the head of the Lebanese Maronite Church, Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria, announced on Wednesday, “Today, is a day of truly good news for Syria because…

Lebanese footballer martyred in Aleppo

SHAFAQNA- A professional Lebanese footballer has died fighting against opposition forces in Aleppo province.  Kassem Shamkha, who was just 19 years old, was killed on Thursday while repelling a rebel assault northwest of Aleppo city. Shamkha…

Pushing Daesh out – Why Aleppo could become the new graveyard where empires come to die

SHAFAQNA - If Western capitals long sold out Syria’s national sovereignty, hoping to lay waste a democratically elected government to better affirm their special brand of imperial exceptionalism, Syrians proven to be tougher than most give…