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More than 450 Palestinians were tortured to death in Syrian prisons since the outbreak of that country’s civil war, with 1,100 others remaining in regime custody and thousands fleeing abroad, veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported on Monday. Abu Toameh observed that while numerous foreign journalists are eager to report...

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Iran is repopulating Syrian territory from Damascus to Homs with Shiites families from elsewhere in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, turning the area into “zones of influence” that Iran “can directly control and use to advance broader interests,” The Guardian reported earlier this month. Calling the Iranian controlled process “a historic shift...

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Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which answers directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stands to be the main beneficiary of economic agreements recently signed between Tehran and Damascus, Reuters reported Wednesday. Syrian Prime Minister Emad Khamis signed five memorandums of understandings on a visit last week to Iran, including phosphate mining...

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The strike last Friday on a military airport near Damascus was likely the latest salvo in Israel’s attempt to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining highly-accurate Iranian surface-to-surface missiles, Ynet military analyst Ron Ben Yishai wrote Tuesday. The targeted airport is a known drop-off point for missiles delivered from Iran by cargo planes,...

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A group of Israeli restaurateurs have begun a two-week campaign to serve Syrian foods and use the proceeds to help Syrian refugees, Haaretz reported (Hebrew link) Tuesday. During the Kitchen Without Borders program, which started Monday and lasts through the end of January, more than thirty participating restaurants, cafes, and...

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Syria’s army has accused Israel of conducting an overnight strike on a military airport near the capital Damascus, threatening repercussions. Syrian army command claimed that the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus was struck by rockets fired from near Lake Kinneret in northern Israel just after midnight. A statement by...

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A Syrian man recovering in an Israeli hospital said that while the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is his enemy, the Syrian people “want peace with Israel,” The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday. Fadi, 45, arrived last week at Ziv Medical Center in Safed, which has treated some 800 wounded...

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The “worst part” of President Barack Obama’s legacy in the Middle East will be the hundreds of thousands who have died in Syria’s civil war as a result of his disengagement from the region, former Israeli defense and foreign minister Moshe Arens wrote in Haaretz on Tuesday. Obama’s failure to back up...

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The newly appointed vice president of Venezuela is suspected by American intelligence of drug smuggling as well as close ties to Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, Business Insider reported Thursday. The appointment of Tareck El Aissami, formerly the governor of Aragua state, means that if he could become the country’s president if the increasingly-embattled...

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One of the more iconic and sobering elements of Israeli reality were the gas masks distributed on the street or at post offices to every citizen after Saddam Hussein fired SCUD missiles at Israel during the 1991 Gulf War. They continued to be distributed until early 2014, when the Israeli...

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