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Gas rig stand-off
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February 17, 2014 18:49
The development of gas fields by Israel, Syria and Lebanon are paving the way to create a new reality in the region.
Syrian Oil Minister Suleiman al-Abbas (right) and Russian Ambassador Azmatullah Kulmohamedov

Syrian Oil Minister Suleiman al-Abbas (right) and Russian Ambassador Azmatullah Kulmohamedov in Damascus. (photo credit:SANA/REUTERS)

 THE TWO rounds of talks held in February, in Geneva, between the Syrian government and the opposition groups ended, as expected, with no results. The Syrian civil war – almost three years in the waging, and responsible thus far for some 140,000 fatalities, half a million wounded and the displacement of around seven million Syrian nationals – is nowhere near its conclusion.

Israeli officials recently revealed that Syria, disintegrated and dysfunctional, is now hosting some 30,000 Islamist fighters and terrorists from all four corners of the world who are fighting both the government and the secular opposition.

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