Charles Lister

Charles Lister


Senior Fellow & Director of @MEI_CTE at @MiddleEastInst. Author of #TheSyrianJihad. Following #Syria, armed groups, #Idlib, #AQ & #ISIS T/RT≠ endorsement.

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Amb. Jeffrey confirms that the U.S. has acquired agreement from #Turkey  that any refugees returned to the NE will be (a) from the area & will be (b) returned by #UNHCR  (c) on the principal of it being "safe, dignified & voluntary."

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#pt  : The @nytimes  made a big mistake by publishing their Oct 30 story. The expert asked to authenticate the docs said they looked fake - but that was ignored & the story published anyway. + The author appeared to know little/anything about the group in question (Huras al-Din).

There you go. @LindseyGrahamSC  told @joshrogin  that the U.S. is exploring the possibility of providing "new oil infrastructure " to the #SDF  to "allow the Kurds to export their oil. " "Mobile refineries " was a 2017 #Trump  admin proposal (see tweet above).

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"We may look back on this time as the period in which the bottom fell out of #America ’s global standing, sending the U.S. & the rest of the world hurtling downward with no clear sense of where they will all land." - Important piece by @UriLF :

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#Russia is pressuring UN SG @antonioguterres  *not* to publicize the results of an inquiry into airstrikes on hospitals. Already, the UN inquiry has limited the scope of its inquiry. Good insight by @whitney_hurst :

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@nytimes  The more I read this follow-up, the more problematic it appears - this should be a @nytimes  correction. When the source of questionable #ISIS  docs is their *sole* defender, you have a problem -- to say "experts are divided " is dishonest & unethical. https://

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@antonioguterres  @whitney_hurstOn  May 5, #Russiajets  hit Kafranbel underground hospital with 4 precision strikes. The @nytimesproved  ' @mod_russias  complicity. Then on Nov 6, they hit it again. ' #Russias  willingness to commit war crimes, in the open, is utterly extraordinary.

NEW @UNHumanRights  briefing has useful info on NE #Syria : - 49 civilians killed in #Turkey  incursion. - 200,000 initially displaced, but 130,000 have returned home. - Allouk water station hit, but since repaired (for now)

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This is pretty damn shameful. @patel4witham , @BWallaceMP  & @sajidjavid  intervened to block the extraction of 60 kids from #Syria  after raising "security concerns" at the last minute.

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Stunning exchange at Senate Intel: Q: GOP Sen - ‘Why do #Russia  active measures work? A: - “Because embraces them #Trump . "

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BREAKING - State Dept dissent memo published, condemning #Trump ’s #MuslimBan  as “counterproductive” -

A suspected U.S missile strike hit a mosque full of 300 people tonight in Al-Jinah, west #Aleppo . 57+ killed so far. #Syria 

With an open invitation to the @WhiteHouse , these images of Gen. Mazloum (real name: Sahin Cilo) are a bit problematic. 1. Swimming as a teenager w. #PKK  founder/leader, Abdullah Ocalan, in #Latakia , #Syria  2. Sat next to #PKK  leader Duran Kalkan, wanted by @StateDept  for $3m.

Let that sink in: U.S citizens killed in war since *1775* = 1.2 million U.S citizens killed domestically by guns from *1963* = 1.6 million

BREAKING - reports of a (US?) helicopter-borne raid on a convoy of Huras al-Din #AlQaeda  in #Syria ) leaders traveling near Barisha in #Idlib . Locals say as many as 6 choppers involved - gave chase to convoy, 2 landed & assaulted vehicles. Possibly took bodies or evidence away.

So sad, hundreds, thousands of yrs of history destroyed by #ISIS  w. sledgehammers & pickaxes in museum, Ninawa, #Iraq 

BREAKING - Terrible reports of a chemical attack on besieged #Douma  in #EastGhouta  - *much* more potent than normal chlorine gas attacks. = More than 700 affected & 35+ confirmed dead so far. Horrific images, speak for themselves - children foaming at the mouth & nose.

Bloody hell - I cannot even imagine... A father in #Ariha  today, desperately trying to climb down to his 2 children - one is stuck within rubble & another, a baby, is hanging mid-air, held up only by its t-shirt. #Idlib  #Syria 

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