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What did Saudi Arabia hope to gain from reintegrating Syria into the Arab League?

A watershed in Syria’s reintegration into the Arab world’s diplomatic fold came earlier this year when Saudi Arabia began moving towards reconciliation with Damascus. Both the February 6 earthquakes ...
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On what legal basis do the U.S. troops occupy this Syrian territory? [duplicate]

The U.S. troops occupy a part of Syria where they have Al-Tanf base. Looking for reasons why is that, I read from the same Wikipedia source: U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said in early ...
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Which side of the conflict in Syria used child soldiers?

According to Iranwire, the practice of child soldiers / martyrs is still happening in the region of the levant, namely in Syria: Although the practice is most often associated the Iran-Iraq War, ...
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Approximately how many civilian deaths were caused by Bashar al-Assad's regime in the Syrian civil war?

According to Wikipedia, the war started In March 2011, violence in the war peaked during 2012–2017, and the situation still remains a crisis, with 12 million Syrians remained forcibly displaced in the ...
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Why are refugees from Syria more 'wanted' than refugees from Gaza?

During the recent civil war in Syria, millions of Syrians have fled the country and have been accepted as refugees by Turkey, Germany, Sweden, Jordan, and many other countries. In contrast, during the ...
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Why has the EU not used the Temporary Protection Directive for refugees from Syria?

Wikipedia says: The Temporary Protection Directive (TPD; Council Directive 2001/55/EC) is a 2001 European Union directive providing for immediate, temporary protection for displaced people from ...
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How justified are the US strikes against the IRGC troops of Iran in Syria from the point of view of international law?

Pentagon(U.S. Department of Defence 26 October 2023: Today, at President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces conducted self-defense strikes on two facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran’s ...
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Are the Levant countries not accepting more refugees?

There's again war in the Middle East, and where's war, there's displaced people who seek asylum. But it seems the neighboring countries are struggling with refugees from the previous one. According to ...
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What's the point of bringing a torture case in Syria at the ICJ? Can't Syria unilaterally block that?

BBC reported on June 12, 2023: The Netherlands and Canada have submitted a case against Syria to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over allegations of torture. I thought that [binding] cases ...
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Have there been any UNGA votes regarding the US presence in Syria?

Relating to a couple of other questions here: it appears that while Russia and Syria object to the US presence in Syria, they've not brought up the case at UNSC even for pure protest purposes. However,...
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What is Russia's exact position on the Turkish presence in Northern Syria?

Russia has hosted various talks between Syria and Turkey (at lower levels--their heads of state refuse to meet) in attempt to mitigate or solve the issue of the presence of Turkish troops in Syria, ...
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Have there been UNSC attempts to force the US forces out of Syria? What were the results?

Clearly forcing the US forces out of Syria will fail at the UNSC due to US veto. But that hasn't stopped such attempts in other conflicts, i.e. countries still advance resolutions that they know they'...
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Is the presence of the US forces in Syria contradictory to UN Charter articles 2.4 and 51?

US troops and bases are located in Syria without UN sanction or the Syrian government's permission. UN Article 2.4 states: All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat ...
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Which pro-Assad forces use crypto as funding? [closed]

Are there any Pro-Assad forces or militias that use cryptocurrencies to finance their battles? During my research on the Ukrainian war there are people on both sides using crypto for financing of ...
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Have US forces not pulled back from the Turkey-Syria border (along the entirety of it)? If so, when did this turn in policy happen?

I somewhat vaguely recalled that Trump agreed to a pullback of sorts of US forces from parts of northern Syria, reported in the press at the time as practically complete in that area: Amid growing ...
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Is the text of the "Hamburg ceasefire agreement" public?

I read that: In 2017, the US, Israel, Russia and Jordan reached a four-part agreement over southern Syria, with Moscow essentially committing to keeping Iran-backed groups away from the border. But ...
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On what grounds do the USA-affiliated forces and citizens reside in Syria if Syrian government objects?

Last evening was marked by news of an American citizen dying in Syria. It seems that USA hosts military personnel in a sovereign country, Syria, without the consent of that country, and reportedly ...
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Why does the Israeli Air Force conduct air strikes on Syrian soil?

From time to time, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) conducts targeted air strikes on land assets in Syria. For example, recently they again targeted the airport near Damascus, the capital of Syria. What ...
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How did US respond to the accusation of "stealing Syrian oil"?

Claim: US "steals" crude oil from Syria. Other sources include: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/donald-trumps-boneheaded-plan-to-steal-syrian-oil/ My question: is this action ...
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Would transporting parts for a military radar instead of "missile parts" aboard a passenger aircraft make any difference under international law?

According to Wikipedia: On 10 October 2012, Turkish Air Force F-16s intercepted a Syrian Air Airbus A320, flight RB442 from Moscow to Damascus, in Turkish airspace and forced it to land at Esenboğa ...
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What happened to the previous (2019) buffer zone that Turkey supposedly had in Syria?

Admittedly I'm confused about the renewed demands of Erdogan for a 30-km buffer zone in Syria. Erdogan has repeatedly said over the past weeks that he’s planning a major military operation to create ...
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Why did the Syrian army recently place the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood under siege?

For the past two weeks, the SAA (Syrian regime army) has been besieging the Kurdish-associated neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud, and also Ashrafiyeh, in Halab (Aleppo). See coverage from the North Press ...
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Does Russia intervene more on the world stage than its peers?

Follow-up question to Fizz's comment in this question. "their foreign policy tends to be non-interventionist". Except in neighboring countries Georgia (2008), Ukraine (2014+) and where they ...
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Why did Syria allow the Russians to set a naval base in their country?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_naval_facility_in_Tartus Why did Syria allow the Russians to set a naval base in their country knowing full well that this would make them a prime target for the ...
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Who are the Turkey-backed Syrian rebels?

There have been during past days many opportunities to highlight the role of Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in military operations. There are operating against both Kurdish and Assad forces. In this ...
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In what respect exactly is Turkey accusing Russia of violating their agreement in Syria?

Breaking news on the BBC is that Assad's army and Turkey's military have exchanged significant shelling in the past couple of days. It's also mentioned that: In 2017, Turkey and Russia signed a "...
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Why are the Syria and Iraq wars viewed differently among Democrats?

Currently, the Iraq war seems to be viewed very negatively by the US "establishment" of the Democratic Party—for example, in both the 2016 and 2020 primaries, people have been attacked for past ...
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Is there a more recent estimate on the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia?

According to Wikipedia As of September 2016, the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia is estimated to be 500,000 and consists mainly of temporary foreign workers. According to the United Nations High ...
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Are (or were) US companies involved in exploiting the Kurdish-controlled oil fields in Syria?

Trump said recently about the oil fields in the Kurdish controlled area of Syria: We’ve secured the oil. If you remember, I didn’t want to go into Iraq. I was a civilian, so I had no power over it. ...
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Did the USA have a political agenda in Syria beyond simply the containment of ISIS?

Did the USA have a political agenda in Syria beyond simply the containment of ISIS? (Prior to the recent removal of troops by Trump.) If so what? I ask because I am hearing on CNN and MSNBC (and ...
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Has the UK gone forward with its plan to designate northern Syria a "no-go" zone?

News from July was that The Home Office revealed in May that it planned to designate northern Syria a “no-go area” and that British citizens would have 28 days to leave or face a 10-year prison ...
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Is the US securing oil fields illegal under the International Law?

Recently, Trump claims something about controlling and securing oil fields in the north-east Syria. Is it illegal by the International Law? I don't remember UN resolution about allowing such an ...
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Has the US clarified where they (rather than Turkey) expect the SDF to withdraw from?

VOA reported yesterday: With the withdrawal set to end Tuesday evening local time, Erdogan is warning Washington of its responsibilities to enforce it. "We expect our American allies to keep ...
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Has Turkey explained how their larger "safe zone" is going to be different from what's going on in Afrin?

Reuters reports: The U.N. said more than 130,000 people have fled since the Turkish [Peace Spring] operation began. As Syrian Kurdish forces fall back, there are fears that those who remain will end ...
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Did any anti-war politicians commend Trump for removing US troops from Syria?

On the one hand, Trump's removal of troops from Syria signified the end of Kurdish independency as they were forced to officially rejoin Assad's regime to protect themselves from a Turkish invasion. ...
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Why don't the US Democrats add the withdrawal from Syria to President Trump's impeachment charges? [closed]

It seems to me like the Democrats have the potential to gain a lot if they do. The GOP has already come out strongly against the withdrawal, as opposed to their tepid reception of the Ukraine related ...
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Can a NATO member call Article 5 after being attacked outside its national borders? [duplicate]

Assuming that the Turkish army gets involved in military action beyond its southeast border to Syria, what should the NATO do? Please consider three cases of military action: from Kurd troops, from ...
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Does the M4 highway in Syria reside entirely in the initially announced Turkish "safe zone"?

According to CNN, Turkey and its proxies having cut off the M4 highway, which runs roughly in the east-west direction along the northern border (but in the Kobane-Aynisa sector it's more like ...
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Has Russia said anything about helping Syria fight Turkey, now that the SDF has allowed Assad's army to move north?

Apparently the Kurds have struck a deal with Assad's government. The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said the Syrian army would deploy along the entire length of the border as part of ...
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Why is Turkey attacking the Kurds in Syria?

Recently, I heard that Turkey has launched strikes against Syrian Kurds. According to Reuters: ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey pressed its military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters ...
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What is Trump's plan to end or reduce US involvement in Syria?

Trump recently slammed the "endless wars", but an apparently not very well publicized Pentagon press release from Oct 8 says: Despite continued misreporting to the contrary, Secretary Esper ...
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What is President Trump's first public reaction to Turkey's invasion into Northern Syria against his stark warning?

Hours ago, Turkey started an offensive into North Eastern Syria: ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies have launched their military operation into northeastern Syria, President Tayyip ...
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What is "demographic engineering" and how does it differ from ethnic cleansing?

The Guardian reports (emphasis mine): Ankara says the planned safe zone could allow up to two million Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey to return, although international observers and the ...
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On what principle did UK seize an Iranian oil tanker? Is there no right of passage for third countries?

In July 2019, the United Kingdom seized an oil tanker carrying oil from Iran to Syria. Reportedly, this is to enforce EU sanctions against Syria. But neither Iran nor Syria are members of the EU, so ...
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Has any of the top US media/press criticized the US president Mr. Trump for recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli lands?

The internationally recognized Syrian lands that is occupied by Israel, the Golan Heights has been recently recognized as Israeli lands by the US president Mr. Trump, I wonder how the major US press/...
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Electoral considerations aside, what are potential benefits, for the US, of policy changes proposed by the tweet recognizing Golan annexation?

I know we've come to expect unusual behavior from the present POTUS, but I really fail to understand the benefit for the US of recognizing Israel as owning the Golan Heights. For one thing, it ...
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Why would a planned Turkish invasion of Syria motivate US troops' withdrawal?

According to Fox, President Trump may have ordered troops withdrawn from Syria due to President Erdoğan giving advanced warning of an imminent anti-PKK Turkish invasion. Why would this motivate the US ...
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What is Russia's rationale of giving S-300 to Bashar Al Assad?

According to this 3D animation Israeli F-16s are innocent. Apparently, Russian plane was voluntarily circulating in the missile's range. So, why is Russia giving S-300 to Bashar's army? What is ...
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Did the Greek economy contract more than Syria's in the past decade?

From a BBC article: According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), only four countries have shrunk economically more than Greece in the past decade: Yemen, Libya, Venezuela and Equatorial ...
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How do the political/economical systems in the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities and the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria compare?

As far as I'm aware, there are currently two places in the world de facto run in a more or less anarchist way: The Municipios Autónomos Rebeldes Zapatistas in Chiapas, México; and the Democratic ...
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