Deir ez-Zor. 22.01.2017 | Colonel Cassad

The rumors of the death of General Issam Zahreddine, who is the main inspiration of the heroic defense of the city, as usual, proved to be greatly exaggerated. Of course his loss would be irreparable, because General personal example inspiring subordinates plays a very important role in a situation when the violent attacks of the militants could undermine the morale of the defenders of Deir ez-Zor. The fighting of recent days have shown that despite the setback from 15 to 17 January, the Syrians did not lose heart and continue active resistance.

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No details about any confrontation between him and the critically wounded man were available Saturday. But one of the law-enforcement officials said the man who fired the gun claimed he had been assaulted before shooting the other man, whom he believed to be some type of white supremacist.

Two people who said they are friends with the wounded man disputed the characterization of him as a supremacist. One said his friend supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary, and both said he sports an anti-hate tattoo that consists of a black swastika surrounded by a red circle with a slash through it.

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How the defeat of Clinton saved Syria | Gareth Porter

A new coalition of US-based organizations is pushing for a more aggressive U.S. intervention against the Assad regime. But both the war in Syria and politics in the United States have shifted dramatically against this objective.

When it was formed last July, the coalition hoped that a Hillary Clinton administration would pick up its proposals for a more forward stance in support of the anti-Assad armed groups. But with Donald Trump in office instead, the supporters of a U.S. war in Syria now have little or no chance of selling the idea.

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