The Role of UK Intelligence Services in the Abduction, Murder of James Foley

William Van Wagenen An investigation into British and American collusion with the terror groups that kidnapped and murdered western hostages in Syria. On 19 August, 2014, ISIS released a video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley who was kidnapped by the terrorist organization in 2012 while reporting on the conflict in Syria. Foley’s shocking execution became one of the…

Istanbul Terror Attack May Prompt Turkish Invasion and Deportations

Steven Sahiounie As President Assad has said before, be careful when you feed a monster because it can later turn to bite you. On November 13, a blast ripped through Istiklal street, a busy pedestrian area in the Beyoglu neighborhood of Istanbul.  The explosion killed six people and wounded 81 at about 4:30 pm local time. Among…

Revisiting the Fall of Mosul: Who Was to Blame?

William Van Wagenen Former Nineveh Governor Atheel al-Nujaifi, charged with helping Mosul fall to ISIS Mosul’s surrender to ISIS has commonly been attributed to corruption and sectarianism by Baghdad, yet further investigation reveals the role of neighboring Turkey in the city’s fall. On 5 June, 2014, hundreds of ISIS militants launched a lightning assault on Mosul,…

Can Syria Forgive Qatar?

Firas Al-Shoufi While, one by one, regional states are restoring relations with Syria, Qatar will likely be the last welcomed back in Damascus After more than a decade of a foreign-backed regime-change war, exploitative Turkish and US occupation, and repeated Israeli attacks on its territorial integrity, Syria has come a long way from the regional and international isolation intended…

Saad Hariri and the Collapse of Lebanon

William Van Wagenen The Syrian regime-change war and Lebanon’s economic collapse happened under Saad Hariri’s watch, but the Future Movement leader is seldom mentioned for the pivotal role he played in Lebanon’s unravelling In 2005, US neoconservatives centered around then-Vice President Dick Cheney’s office began collaborating with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, defected former Syrian Vice…

Chain of Corruption: How the White Helmets Compromised OPCW Investigations in Syria

Aaron Maté By enlisting the sectarian insurgent-allied, US-funded White Helmets for chemical weapons probes in Syria, the OPCW abandoned impartiality and broke its fundamental rules for collecting evidence. Before it mired the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in an international cover-up scandal, the April 2018 probe of an alleged gas attack in the Syrian…

Shamima Begum: Spy for Canada Smuggled Schoolgirl to Syria

The issue of multinational terrorists has been the focus of Syria observers for a quite long time, as tens of thousands of jihadists and their wives marched to Syria to fight the “evil dictator”, bring down the “infidel regime”, and establish an Islamic state based on Sharia laws, where justice prevails for the Islamic Umma,…

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Bombing Near Russian Embassy in Kabul

The Cradle This is the first time a foreign mission was targeted in Afghanistan directly, since the Taliban regained power in 2021 ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Kabul, which claimed the lives of two Russian diplomats and at least four Afghan civilians on 5 September. The suicide attack targeted the entrance of the…

For 18 Months, as ISIS Advanced, the US Did Nothing to Stop Them

William Van Wagenen Collusion with terror: For 18 months, until the Russian Air Force entered Syrian skies, the US did absolutely nothing to stop ISIS from taking over swathes of Syria and Iraq In 2017, US and allied Kurdish forces bombarded the city of Raqqa, the bastion of ISIS in Syria and the de-facto capital of…

Over 100 ISIS Suspects Arrested in US-Controlled Refugee Camp in Syria

The Cradle A veiled woman walks with children next to a member of the Syrian Kurdish internal security services known as Asayish at Al-Hawl camp in Hasakah governorate in northeastern Syria, on 19 January, 2021. (Photo credit: Delil Souleiman/AFP) Around 56,000 refugees live in Al-Hawl camp, as the camp is home to the wives, widows,…