World Map of Putin Derangement Syndrome | Anatoly Karlin

One immediately striking thing is just how how uniform Western attitudes are. Note how countries where net approval of Putin is below -20% are almost exclusively Western countries, while the only two notable countries in the Western geopolitical bloc to approve of Putin are Greece and Bulgaria. Both of which happen to belong to Orthodox civilization, going by Huntingtonian definitions.

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The battle for Ramadi | Colonel Cassad

If Syria’s central event of the war is now a multi-month battle for Aleppo, in recent months, Iraq is the most significant battle for Ramadi, which are surrounded by the troops of the Caliphate hold captured in May 2015 the city of Ramadi. Over the last three weeks of the Iraqi army, supported by the US Air Force was able to take control of much of the city, and then began a fierce battle for the city center, where sat the surviving militants, whose number is estimated between 350 and 600 people.

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Key Syrian Islamist Leader Killed in Damascus Airstrike — News from

Alloush was the son of a top Salafist cleric based in Saudi Arabia, and founded Liwa al-Islam and Jaish al-Islam, two significant rebel factions early in the Syrian Civil War. He had sought to paint himself as a comparative moderate.

That claimed moderacy was undercut, however, by his group regularly holding Shi’ite residents of his territory in cages and using them as human shields, shipping them around to potential targets of Syrian airstrikes.

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Kurds march in Germany against ‘Turkish state terror’ | DW

Carrying Kurdish flags and pictures of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan, nearly 15,000 Kurds peacefully marched through Dusseldorf on Saturday to condemn ongoing Turkish military operations in Kurdish towns.

The number of demonstrators was more than double the 7,000 organizers had originally expected and some had come from neighboring countries to attend.

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Turkey is getting ready for intervention in Syria | Azeri Daily

A pitched battle ran high in Syria for Azaz corridorç through which a northern grouping of militants is supplied with ammunition from Turkey. Mattering much strategically, this is a narrow strip of land, 6 km wide near Bayandan. Patronised by the West, Turkey and Gulf states, the largest anti-governmental grouping will be foredoomed to defeat, if the governmental forces are successful in blockading Aleppo. This, in turn, will enhance chances of Damascus to settle the conflict in its favour. Before the war, Aleppo was Syria’s largest city (2.5 mln) and main economic centre of the country.

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Kurds Secure Fifty Villages, Canals, River Crossings In Southern Kobane | YPG Rojava

“A massive operation by the Syrian Democratic Forces started officially on December 23,” Darwish said, “it has since abled joint Kurdish, Arab and Assyrian Christian units to free more than 50 villages, canals and river crossings,” he added. QSD officials say the intent of their campaign is to ‘push terrorist groups like Daesh out of Kobane’s southern countryside and build up a sense of peace and security for the people who have suffered from terror and oppression’, claiming that their mission is about ‘creating a free and democratic society with freedom for everyone to enjoy their legitimate rights.’ The first round of QSD Campaign (November 2015) was run in southern Hasakah, Jazeera region, where they managed in less than 3 weeks to clear over a thousand square kilometers, a very strategic terrain near the Iarqi border.

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