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Has the USA been stealing oil from Syria?

It has been widely claimed that the US has been stealing oil from Syria. For example: China's Global Times, August 2022: On August 8, the Syrian Oil Ministry said that the US and its mercenaries ...
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Did Syrian army Pantsir systems destroy 23 Tomahawks (using just 25 missiles) in an attack on Damascus?

It's been claimed in a Russian documentary that When NATO delivered a Tomahawk strike against Damascus, it was the Pantsir systems of the Syrian army that destroyed 23 targets, using just 25 missiles....
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Is this "ancient Hebrew leather manuscript" seized by police in Turkey authentic?

Some time ago there was news of a manuscript stolen from a Syrian museum, seized from smugglers in Turkey. There are many other articles about this as well. Turkish police seize ancient manuscript ...
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Did Turkey neutralize thousands of Syrian Army soldiers?

Operation Spring Shield was a Turkish military operation between from February 27 to March 3rd. A Turkish news source article, Turkey neutralizes 3,000+ regime elements in Idlib, Syria reported on ...
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Were there 2.48 million Syrians living in Saudi Arabia in 2018?

GMI claims As per the data from 2017-2018, more than 30% of the Saudi population are expats. The total number of non-Saudis in the country is estimated to be 10,736,293. Nearly a quarter of this ...
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Were some Russians killed in a fight with American forces in Syria in February 2018?

I just read a question on history stack exchange that linked to this Feb 2018 National Review article: On the night of February 7, “pro-regime” Syrian forces reportedly launched an assault on a “...
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Was the bombed Barzah scientific research centre inspected by OPCW in Nov 2017? [closed]

Was the bombed Barzah scientific research centre the same as the " Barzah facility" in this 23 March 2018 OPCW report stating (section 11): the second round of inspections at the Barzah and ...
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Was there a chemical attack in Syria in April 2018 and was Bashar al-Assad responsible for it? [closed]

Trump said in a tweet on April 8, 2008: Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it ...
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Did the US (ab)use the "deconfliction channel" with Russia to shoot the Syrian Su-22 plane? [closed]

I just read this piece of news: ... the American plane took off from a carrier (George HW Bush), flew over all of Russia's radar and missile sites in western Syria, shot down the Syrian Su-22 in ...
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Did the Syrian government use Sarin (or other chemical weapons) in the 2017 Khan Shaykhun attack?

On the 4 April 2017, there was an airstrike attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria, with over 70 civilians killed and many hundreds injured. Responsibility is attributed to the Syrian ...
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Did Syria use chemical weapons (in the recent April 2017 ordeal with 30+ civilian casualties)? [duplicate]

My Apple News Feed blew up regarding the missile strike on the Syrian airbase in response to the "Chemical Weapon Attack" - which I put in quotes because while all the major news outlets in my news ...
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Did the Syrian government use chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun? [closed]

Since April 4th 2017, reports have been released about a chemical attack that is supposed to have occurred in a Syrian town called Khan Shaykhun. According to the BBC, "[t]he UK's foreign secretary, ...
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Do most Syrian refugees want eventually to return to Syria?

Jordan's King Abdullah II said at a press conference with President Trump that Syrian refugees want to return to Syria (live video of press conference, can't find archived video yet). The statement ...
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Was it harder for Syrian Christians to immigrate to the US than Muslims?

As a justification for his intention to prioritise Christian refugees over Muslim refugees, President Trump said: Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough,...
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Were 14 US-Led Coalition Military Advisors captured by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo?

It caught my eye on Wikipedia's current events portal that US-led coalition military advisors had been captured in a bunker in Aleppo. This story has since disappeared off of Wikipedia, but several (...
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Are there up to 100,000 people in Eastern Aleppo as of December 2016?

I'm seeing a lot of people talk about 100,000 left and remaining in eastern Aleppo, EXCLUSIVE: UN in talks to evacuate 100,000 from east Aleppo A United Nations source speaking to Middle East Eye ...
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Did Russia warn the people of besieged East Aleppo that "If you do not leave these areas urgently, you will be annihilated"?

Stephen O'Brien, head of the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) claimed that leaflets are being dropped on eastern Aleppo by Syrian and Russian aircraft, warning residents: ...
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Did Muhammed al-Arifi issue a fatwa permitting rape of Syrian women?

Taslima Nasrin claimed in her blog that Saudi cleric Mohammed al-Arifi issued "a fatawa to rape!". She quoted the following excerpt from this liveleak post as evidence. A Wahhabi religious cleric ...
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Why do Syrian refugees try to reach the UK instead of settling for another EU country? [closed]

In the newest BBC documentary Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, we see journeys of several Syrian refugees across Europe. The one that I followed closely was that of Ahmad's, who is desperate to reach ...
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Did Yasir al-Ajlawni declare that it is lawful to rape any "non-Sunni Syrian woman"?

This report claims: Fides sources point out that, through social networks, the fatwa was widespread in Syria produced by Yasir al-Ajlawni—A Salafi sheikh of Jordanian origin, resident in ...
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Did the United States provide weapons to YPG members in 2015?

The People Protection Units or "YPG" are the main armed service of the Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava, and consist primarily of Syrian Kurds. The Turkish government consider the YPG ...
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Did Canadian children sing the Islamic song "Tala'al badru" to welcome Syrian refugees?

Saw this video being shared around in the social media, ostensibly a performance by Canadian children to welcome Syrian refugees' arrival to Canada. I recognized the song as the Islamic song Tala' al ...
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Is Turkey trading oil with Islamic State? [closed]

Russia claims Turkey is trading oil with Islamic State: Syria conflict: Russia accuses Erdogan of trading oil with IS (BBC News, 2 December 2015) Russia presents proof of Turkey’s role in ISIS oil ...
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Were the Paris attackers youths from Syria?

Recently, Bill Nye was interviewed by Huff Post Live. In one excerpt of the interview he draws a line of causation from a water shortage in Syria to the November 2015 Paris attacks. He was transcribed ...
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Did Assad use chemical weapons in Syria? [duplicate]

Related to Were chemical weapons being used in the civil war in Syria before 2014?. While the consensus at the time seemed to be that the government was using chemical weapons (this in particular ...
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Did NATO Air Forces start shooting down Russian fighter jets?

In the beginning of October, several news appeared claiming that Russian fighter jets intruded the air space of Turkey. They have been intercepted and escorted away from Turkish air space, but no fire ...
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Has Syria received proportionally more refugees than other countries in recent history?

This comment by Sonia Bous Aidi on a recent Humans of New York post about the European migrant crisis is powerful if true: Syria became home to the Circassian refugees in 1860 Syria became home to ...
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Is Saudi Arabia hosting ~2.5 million Syrian refugees? [duplicate]

After being criticized for not doing enough to help refugees, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that they have been helping after all. Among others, it specifically claims that it ...
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Is Russia currently deploying troops to Syria?

A recent (31 August, 2015) article from Zero Hedge claims that Russia is currently deploying troops to Syria. as Ynet reports, not only has Putin not turned his back on Assad, or Syria, but the ...
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Did global warming exacerbate the Syrian conflict?

Newspapers have recently reported that research shows that Global Warming can now be assigned as a major contributor to the ongoing conflict in Syria. For example, The Independent: Climate change was ...
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Did the Free Syrian Army take a (pictured) toddler hostage?

On Al-hadath News is this picture posted: Warning: Disturbing image and claims that the Free Syrian Army posted this picture claiming it is "[their] youngest hostage." Is it true that the baby was ...
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Did Snowden reveal that ISIS is a USA-Israel tactic?

This reports claims regarding ISIS which evolved since 2003 assuming erstwhile names like ISI,ISIS and now IS: The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed ...
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Did Obama give $195 million to Syria for the Muslim holiday Eid al-Ftr?

I saw this article floating around Facebook today. It claims: It’s the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. President Obama has decided to give $195M of taxpayer money to ...
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Were chemical weapons used in the civil war in Syria by the Assad regime before 2014?

From Erdogan: Assad using chemical weapons in Syria at The Jerusalem Post: Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the regime of Syrian President Basher Assad has used ...
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