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7 things to consider before sending troops to Syria

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia has offered to deploy ground forces in support of the US-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria — apparently with American support. Such a move will undoubtedly make the conflict even more…

Riyadh prepares for ground invasion in Syria

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia will send special forces to Syria to fight the Islamic State (ISIL, or Daesh in Arabic) if the US-led coalition starts ground operation, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said Friday. On February 5, reports…

Anti-Syria militants receive “excellent quantities” of missiles

SHAFAQNA - Syrian militants say they have received "excellent quantities" of missiles from their foreign backers to help them stand against the government troops north of the province of Aleppo. According to a militant commander, the ground-to-ground…

Lighting candles in the wind - Speaking tolerance in the face of Daesh religious crusade

SHAFAQNA - An insidious and barbaric war has raged in the Middle East – one which so far has failed to mobilize more than a few headlines since it speaks of the death of a faith and a spirituality, which principles our increasingly secular…

The hidden resistance – Communities unite against the intolerance of Daesh

SHAFAQNA - Unknown to mainstream media, or maybe untold by mainstream media, communities in Syria and Iraq have been active in their resistance against the threat, and cancerous evil which is Daesh – the ultimate acronym of terror, this abomination…

Hypocritical much? Merkel blames Russia for Syria’s plight

SHAFAQNA - While Western powers and their ME allies made clear they do not support Russia’s play in Syria since it upsets their own political ambitions, the latest round of propaganda takes the game of geopolitics to the Land of Oz. German…

Is Erdogan mad enough to invade Syria?

SHAFAQNA- The Russia Defense Ministry said today it has reasons to believe that Turkey is more likely planning a military invasion in neighboring Syria in light of the recent development on the borders. Russian reconnaissance planes have…

Syrian cities under siege – truth versus fiction

SHAFAQNA - Earlier this January media broke the story of Madaya, a Syrian town whose people had been made to suffer immense hardship under the weight of a de facto humanitarian blockade. Outraged, UN officials pointed an angry finger at…

Our Lady Zaynab: her memory and light live not in stones but in the heart of the faithfuls - Editorial

SHAFAQNA - Wahhabi militants this January 31, 2016 targeted the Mosque of Lady Zaynab near Damascus (Syria), the blessed grand-daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, in an attack which claimed the lives of over 50 innocents. This new tragedy…

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif makes official visit to London

SHAFAQNA - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in London late Wednesday to attend The Syria Donors Conference 2016. Zarif, who is in London on the official invitation of his British counterpart, is also scheduled to meet top…

Nubbul and al-Zahra, Symbols of Syrian Shias’ Resistance

SHAFAQNA- The two towns had been under siege for three and a half years but its residents put up a heroic resistance against Takfiri terrorists and never surrendered. The residents of Nubbul and al-Zahra suffered from lack of food and water…

Besieged Shiite towns in Syria are finally free

SHAFAQNA - The Syrian army broke the terrorists' four-year-long siege of the Shiite-populated towns of Nubl and Al-Zahra in Northern Aleppo province a few minutes ago. The siege of the strategic towns was removed after four years in an army…

Terror attack against holy shrine of Lady Zaynab in Damascus

SHAFAQNA - A triple bombing killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shiite suburb south of the Syrian capital on Sunday even as a UN mediator held his first meeting with members of the main opposition group that seeks progress on humanitarian…

Erdogan’s dealings with terror are exposed once more – Israel and Greece step up

SHAFAQNA - It was Russia back in November who first rung the alarm bell over Turkey, alleging that President Erdogan held interesting friendships and alliances with hardened Wahhabi-inspired terrorists in Turkey. While Moscow backed its claims…

Madaya - One City, Two Stories

SHAFAQNA - Breaking Point with Vanessa Beeley

Madaya, the humanitarian complex and Western powers’ selective outrage

SHAFAQNA - Mainstream media have reached a new low this January as they purposely manipulated human suffering - engineered human suffering I need to add - to serve very political agenda. While this reality is not in the least surprising, such…

Turkey blockades Syrian Kurdish areas surrounded by ISIS (RT EXCLUSIVE)

SHAFAQNA - Turkey has established a strict blockade of the Kurdish regions in Syria surrounded by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), depriving Syrian Kurds of essential supplies and shooting people trying to enter Turkey from Syria, RT’s…

Madaya: On the hypocrisy of the humanitarian complex - Editorial

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SHAFAQNA - Over the past few days a veritable media frenzy has been built around the Syrian town of Madaya, with officials and journalists deploring the alleged cruelty of Damascus government over its alleged humanitarian siege of the city. Painful…

Refugees - The faces behind the war on terror

SHAFAQNA - Tens of thousands of war refugees of late have attempted the crossing into Europe, desperate to flee the violence of war, and the terror ISIL militants have wielded against all religious minorities -- Shiites, Sufis, Alawis , Yazidis,…

Despicable violence: ISIL militant executes own mother over claims of apostasy

SHAFAQNA - In a shocking low even by the standards of ISIL, a militant has publicly executed his own mother after accusing her of apostasy. The activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RIBSS) said 20-year-old jihadi Ali Saqr al-Qasem…

Another Winter for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

SHAFAQNA - On a sunny day in the Jaharriyeh refugee camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, winter might seem far away. But for the 250 Syrian families living here in tents less than 20 kilometers from the Syrian border, it is coming. Camp leader…

A very Syrian Christmas

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SHAFAQNA - If Syria continues to be at war  - a war which has claimed too many of its sons and daughters not to remain an open scar on the region, Syrians as a whole have remained hopeful, united in their prayer that peace will soon heal their…

Christmas in Damascus

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SHAFAQNA - Syria has endured another year of devastating civil war and strife. However, thousands of civilians in Damascus have been trying to live as normal a life as possible, celebrating Christmas and giving them some respite from the chaos. Things…

Syrian deputy FM: ISIS acts similar to Saudi regime’s

SHAFAQNA - Syrian deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad said Syria rejects taking part in any illusive religious or sectarian coalitions under the pretext of fighting terrorism. In an interview with the Russian Novosti…

Jeremy Corbyn makes a stand against war - puts back ethics in politics

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SHAFAQNA - Jeremy Corbyn has defied his critics in the Labour Party by turning out at a fundraising dinner for the left-wing Stop the War coalition. Labour MPs and party activists had called on their leader to give the event a miss despite…

Veterans For Peace protests war in Syria

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SHAFAQNA - British war veterans have thrown away their medals outside Downing Street in protest against the Government's decision to bomb Syria and to bust the “mythology” of heroism connected to the military. Ex SAS soldier Ben Griffin,…

False Just Wars: The Commons Vote to Bomb Syria

SHAFAQNA - It was a long session of debates – some 10 hours in all. There was little sane about this Commons session – the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, was making his case to rope in parliamentarians in the hope that he would get…