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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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

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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 ...

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@Peter_Gruenes  @NorsForStudiesAccording  to local reports, pro- #Assadforces  have launched 5 assaults on the #Kabanafront  in eastern #Latakiatoday . All have been repelled.

@BaxtiyarGoran  That #Baghdad  directive was a response to a likely #Israel  airstrike on a #PMF  facility in #Baghdad 's al-Saqr mil. base. I have an article on #Israel 's "new #Iraq  front " being published in @aawsat_News  tomorrow. Today's incident could be #Israel 's 4th #Iraq  strike in 2 months.

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.

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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.

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@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.

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There are several things, which I am forbidden from talking about publicly, which are indisputable - relating to things that occurred on the #Syria  border & in the U.S. itself. I chose to share some of this with Aymenn some time ago. On reflection, that was my poor judgement.

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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 

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

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

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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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.

This *simple* chart shows all states of hostility currently being played out on #Syria ’s territory #IntractableWar 

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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

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