January 17, 2014

It's Time to Talk to Bashar al-Assad

Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

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The threat posed by Western jihadists fighting with al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria forces us to swallow our scruples.

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TAGGED: Syria, Bashar Al-Assad


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Bashar al-Assad's Big 'Anti-Extremist' Con
Daniel Nisman, New York Post
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Why Bashar al-Assad Is Staying
Todd Wood, Moscow Times
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January 9, 2014
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January 6, 2014
Biggest Losers of 2013
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest
What a difference a year makes. The US has been forced to pivot back to the Middle East, and not because things were going well. Al Qaeda is back, having successfully morphed from a group in the AfPak hills into a global movement... more ››