Halt in fighting within five days would allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw beyond a designated safe zone
Hassan HassanAbsolutely incredible:
• The US & Turkey agree on a ceasefire in northern Syria.
• Turkey will be allowed to create a zone 20 miles south of its border.
• Within 5 days, Kurds have to evacuate. US sanctions will be lifted if ceasefire holds.
The terrifying consequences of the president’s sudden decision to withdraw US troops could include a reheating of the civil war
Hassan HassanThe situation in Syria took a new turn today, and the upcoming mess is even more imminent.
My new article on how precisely the Turkish incursion will help revive ISIS and unravel things beyond ISIS and its sleeper cells.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham and a Democratic senator will introduce bipartisan sanctions against Turkey if the country invades Syria and will call to suspend Turkey’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization if it attacks Kurdish forces there.
Hassan Hassan@WSJ Lindsey Graham threatens bipartisan sanctions and NATO suspension if Turkey invades Syria and attacks Kurds
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has edged away from a possible military confrontation with Iran after its attack on Saudi oil facilities, as the kingdom seeks to cool tensions and rehabilitate its image a year after Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.
Syrian forces carried out a chlorine attack in May, the first confirmed violation of a chemical-weapons ban since a U.S. military strike on Syria in 2018 over its alleged use of poison gas, a new intelligence assessment says.
Hassan HassanThe incident would mark the first confirmed violation of chemical-weapons accord since a 2018 U.S. military strike on Syria over its alleged poison-gas use
The United States believes the attacks that crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilitie...
Hassan HassanThree officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the attacks involved both cruise missiles and drones, indicating that they involved a higher degree of complexity and sophistication than initially thought.
A 15-year-old girl from my family was among thousands of traumatised innocents dumped at the notorious al-Hawl displacement facility in Syria
Hassan HassanNot surprising: a key part of Baghdadi's speech is those held in IDP camps & the humiliation women go through. Years from now, ISIS will be telling stories of key operatives from the #camps, a la (U.S. jail in Iraq) #Camp_Bucca
The subject of my new piece
In emails revealing Moscow’s efforts to groom incompetent aspiring leaders of the oil-rich war-torn country, the cynicism would be almost laughable, but the carnage is continuous.
Hassan HassanGreat work as always by @michaeldweiss:
“These files, originally obtained by the Dossier Centre, offer documentary proof that Russia’s military role in Libya is far more extensive than has thus far been reported.”
Hassan HassanVery interesting statement just issued by Saudi Arabia and the UAE -- an agreement to support the Yemeni government & what seems to be a reversal of the UAE "withdrawal."
Speaks of a troops REDEPLOYMENT (details in following tweets)
by: Abdullah Al-Ghadhawi.
Following the defeat of ISIS, Deir Ezzor governate, one of the most dangerous of areas that had embraced the organization, is the site of a new battle: over the influence of Iran.
Hassan HassanIn Syria, Riyadh & Abu Dhabi aren’t on the same page. One is propping the regime in Damascus; another recently sent a top envoy to Deir Ezzor to signal against the return of the regime to eastern Syria. This & other thoughts from @GhadawiAbdullah
Responding to Daniel Serwer's “not so progressive case for withdrawing from Syria,” Charles Lister makes the case that the U.S. should remain in Syria — at the very least for long enough to secure conditions in which a realistic set of objectives...
by Paul R. Pillar Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ), crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the de facto chief executive of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), evidently has determined that his principal regional polici…
Hassan HassanI doubt this is caused by a new realization by the UAE. But assuming so, these countries spent many years attacking Obama for demanding they “share the Middle East” with Iran but now they want Washington to accept just that.
Hassan Hassan.@charles_lister: "intrinsically local conflict drivers, rather than those of a global nature or relating to a specific extremist ideology, will provide jihadist movements with resources and theaters in which to grow."
By Jennifer Cafarella with Brandon Wallace and Jason ZhouEXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) is not defeated despite the loss of the territory it claimed as its so-call
Hassan HassanAnalysis of where ISIS is at and where it might be going, complete with lots of actual data, maps and infographics... all in one place. Highly recommended, even for close watchers wishing to compare notes & details with their own assessment.
Fierce clashes between government forces and jihadists have left 83 combatants dead in northwestern Syria, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday. France 24’s Wassim Nasr discusses the latest fighting in the Battle for Idlib.
Hassan HassanHTS was able to lead the rebels to face off Russian-backed forces and even go on the offensive, despite speculation that Turkey might be trying to plant friendly forces between HTS & regime areas f24.my/5366.T analysis from @SimNasr for @FRANCE24