Senior Fellow & Director of @MEI_CTE at @MiddleEastInst. Author of #TheSyrianJihad. Following #Syria, armed groups, #Idlib, #AQ & #ISIS T/RT≠ endorsement.
6yrs ago today, 1,400+ people were killed by Sarin gas, a nerve agent dropped in artillery rockets by pro #Assad forces onto the sleeping communities of #EastGhouta , #Syria . Since then: - 300+ more chemical attacks - No accountability
The @nytimes ' @VivianHYee & @MeridithKohut went to #Syria for 8 days. They saw mass destruction, poverty & unending personal loss. With hordes of mukhabarat officers in tow, they heard praise for #Assad & the honor of sacrifice for his #Syria ...
Intel - A tanker full of #Iran oil is headed to #Dubai en route to #Syria . The "Bonita Queen" plans to transfer its 600,000 barrels of oil to 2 tankers ("Kader" & "Jasmine"), owned by #Assad businessman Mohammed alQaterji.
BREAKING - possible #Israel airstrikes hit an #Iran-backed #PMF weapons depot in #Iraq 's Salah ad Din. The explosions today come just days after #Baghdad demanded *all* aircraft (civil, military & recon) acquire prior MOD approval. (Images via @BaxtiyarGoran )
The #SDF has arrested at least 6 prominent Raqqawi activists & NGO officials in recent days, for alleged #ISIS links. And yet all were active *against* #ISIS in recent years. Ahmed al-Hashloum Hassan Qassab Anas al-Abo Ilyas al-Abo Khaled Salamah Salah al-Kata'a Release them.
@Peter_Gruenes @NorsForStudiest #TSKroops remain in the O #MorekP , not "besieged " but de facto cut off from access to . #Turkey For now, h #Ankaraas indicated no intent to evacuate, but that appears inevitable, presumably under p #Russiarotection -- humiliating a member of an arrangement () #Astananow dead.
@Peter_Gruenes After a night of near-constant fighting in/around #KhanSheikhoun , it's clear that the town has *not* yet been captured by pro- #Assad forces, though that does appear to be a matter of time. Here's a good map from @NorsForStudies , showing the 2-pronged push for KS & Sukayk.
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
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.
In addition to USS Donald Cook, the U.S has now dispatched USN Carrier Strike Group 8 to the Mediterranean#Syria : - USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier - Carrier Air Wing VII - USS Hué City missile cruiser - x6 Arleigh Burke-class Destroyers - x1 Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate