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The Legal Status of Russia's Intervention in Syria is not that Clear

MENAroundupMENA Roundup is a weekly publication containing insightful articles on politics in the Mid
June 28 · Issue #44 · View online

MENA Roundup is a weekly publication containing insightful articles on politics in the Middle East, focussing on Syria and Iraq.

2 new articles that come from my pen
Interventionen in Syrien: Legal, illegal, voll egal?
Was im letzten halben Jahr in Syrien passiert ist
Key developments
  • In his latest speech, Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah said that a future war waged by Israel against Lebanon or Syria could draw thousands of fighters from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. He obviously referred to the various militias that fight side by side with Hezbollah in Syria. However, in February 2016, Nasrallah said that Hezbollah did not plan any new offensives against Israel and I think that’s still the case. As long as the wars in Syria and Iraq are raging, the organization is too stretched anyhow. 
  • French President Macron has indicated a shift in France’s policy towards President Assad: He said that there is no legitimate successor and the focus should be on fighting terrorism. The phrase of fighting terrorism is nothing but a pretext to avoid substantial politics. Syria and Iraq will continue to create terrorists (whatever the underlying definition is) nonstop. If fighting ISIS and HTS is France’s main policy goal, Don Quichotte might be the more suitable President.
  • There are many rumors about a possible development of the de-escalation zones that includes the deployment of troops and cements the partition in Turkish, Iranian and American spheres of influence. According to reports, Turkish troops are gathering near the Syrian border and might be deployed to Idlib. This would be a huge development that would likely escalate the existing conflict between Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham and other armed groups in the province. 
Further articles that are worth reading
Islamic State's Raqqa Elegy Shows Both Weakness And Power
The U.S. Enters a New Phase in Syria
Syria’s women could be key to the future
The Battlefield in Syria’s Southernmost City, Daraa
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