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Aleppo Liberated

Aleppo Liberated

Aleppo has been divided between government and militant groups since 2012. Operation to liberate the eastern districts of the city started in mid-November and ended on 13 Decembers with driving militants out of the strategic city.
Ansarullah

Ansarullah

A Zaidi Shiite movement operating in Yemen. It seeks to establish a democratic government in Yemen.
Shiite

Shiite

represents the second largest denomination of Islam. Shiites believe Ali (peace be upon him) to be prophet"s successor in the Caliphate.
Resistance

Resistance

Axis of Resistances refers to countries and movements with common political goal, i.e., resisting against Zionist regime, America and other western powers. Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Palestine are considered as the Axis of Resistance.
Persian Gulf Cooperation Council

Persian Gulf Cooperation Council

A regional political u n i o n consisting of Arab states of the Persian Gulf, except for Iraq.
ISIS Terrorist Group

ISIS Terrorist Group

A terrorist group that fights against Resistance Axis in Syria and Iraq. It was founded & armed by America and its allies covertly.
Taliban

Taliban

Taliban is a Sunni fundamentalist movement in Afghanistan. It was founded by Mohammed Omar in 1994.
  Wahhabism & Extremism

Wahhabism & Extremism

Wahhabism is an extremist pseudo-Sunni movement, which labels non-Wahhabi Muslims as apostates thus paving the way for their bloodshed.
Kurds

Kurds

Kurds are an ethnic group in the Middle East, mostly inhabiting a region, which spans adjacent parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. They are an Iranian people and speak the Kurdish languages, which form a subgroup of the Northwestern Iranian branch of Iranian languages.
NATO

NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949.
Islamic Awakening

Islamic Awakening

Refers to a revival of the Islam throughout the world, that began in 1979 by Iranian Revolution that established an Islamic republic.
Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda

A militant Sunni organization founded by Osama bin Laden at some point between 1988 and 1989

Russia

Merkel, May, Hollande Interfered in US Election: Lavrov
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Russia Accuses US Diplomats of Espionage
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Russia Accuses US Diplomats of Espionage

Wednesday 18 January 2017
Russian authorities says the US diplomats are engaged in espionage activities in Russia and have participated in opposition protests
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US Instigated Refugee Crisis Trough Regime Change Policies: Russia
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US Instigated Refugee Crisis Trough Regime Change Policies: Russia

Monday 16 January 2017
Secretary of the Russian Security Council says the US government caused the recent refugee crisis in Europe by trying to topple the regimes they do not like
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Iran, Russia Maintain Close Dialogue on Syria: Russian FM
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Iran, Russia Maintain Close Dialogue on Syria: Russian FM

Saturday 14 January 2017
Russian foreign ministry says the country will maintain its close dialogue with Iran over Syrian war ahead of ceasefire negotiations
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EU Future in Hands of Germany, France
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EU Future in Hands of Germany, France

Saturday 14 January 2017
If Europe loses US support under Trump administration, its powers, France and Germany, might seek a self-reliant bloc.
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US Worsening Situation in Syria: Russia
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US Worsening Situation in Syria: Russia

Wednesday 11 January 2017
Russia says the coalition forces led by the US are only exacerbating the situation in Syria and have made no contribution to fighting terrorism
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Six Reasons Why West Never Attacked Syria
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Six Reasons Why West Never Attacked Syria

Wednesday 11 January 2017
Syrian government not only declined to fall an easy prey to Western intervention but also made gains that gave it an upper hand.
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Is Russia Really Withdrawing Forces From Syria?
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Is Russia Really Withdrawing Forces From Syria?

Monday 9 January 2017
The partial pullout comes as a stimulus offered by Moscow to make the upcoming negotiations successful.
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Erdogan Hands Cards to Putin amid Iranian Doubt
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Erdogan Hands Cards to Putin amid Iranian Doubt

Monday 9 January 2017
An analysis piece on al-Mayadeen suggests that, at the negotiating table, Syria’s fate is a game of cards.
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Putin Personally Ordered Helping Trump Get Elected: US Intel Report
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Putin Personally Ordered Helping Trump Get Elected: US Intel Report

Saturday 7 January 2017
Alwaght- US intelligence community accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of personally ordering his government to help Republican Donald Trump win 2016 presidential election.
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US Not Bombed ISIS Terrorists, Its Oil Production Facilities in Syria: Russia
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US Not Bombed ISIS Terrorists, Its Oil Production Facilities in Syria: Russia

Thursday 5 January 2017
Alwaght- Russian Defense Ministry spokesman accused the US-led coalition of not bombing oil production facilities captured by ISIS terrorists in Syria.
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Russia Committed Act of War against US: McCain
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Russia Committed Act of War against US: McCain

Thursday 5 January 2017
Alwaght- John McCain, US Republican Senator, accused Russia of waging a war against the US.
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Iran Policy Not Changed 29 Years after Imam Khomeini’s Historic Letter to Gorbachev
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Iran Policy Not Changed 29 Years after Imam Khomeini’s Historic Letter to Gorbachev

Monday 2 January 2017
In 1988, the late founder of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini sent a historic letter to USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev predicting the fall of Communism.
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Turkey’s Regional Policy Shift: Tactical or Strategic?
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Turkey’s Regional Policy Shift: Tactical or Strategic?

Monday 2 January 2017
The changes in Erdogan’s policy come under fast-moving conditions in West Asia in general and in Syria in particular.
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Putin Congratulates Trump Instead of Obama for New Year
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Putin Congratulates Trump Instead of Obama for New Year

Sunday 1 January 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump, rather than President Barack Obama, in his annual New Year’s greetings

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Iraqi Armi Fully Liberates Eastern Mosul from ISIS

Iraqi Armi Fully Liberates Eastern Mosul from ISIS