February 17, 2014

It's Not Just Regime vs. al-Qaeda in Syria

Michael Rubin, Commentary

The Associated Press

A false assumption that too often permeates Washington policy deliberation is that debate can continue endlessly without regard to the situation on the ground.

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TAGGED: Kurds, Middle East, Syria


February 16, 2014
U.S. Should Open Its Door to Kurds
Washington Post
As bloodshed in Iraq and Syria has steadily escalated, the importance to the United States of one regional ally has been growing. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, which controls an autonomous enclave bordering... more ››
February 13, 2014
Jordan's Fragile Stability
Jose Ciro Martinez, Los Angeles Times
Jordan recently became one of the 10 nonpermanent members of the United Nations Security Council, a position that will put the international spotlight on the Hashemite kingdom. Its Israeli and Palestinian neighbors continue to... more ››
February 14, 2014
Could Syria Kill al-Qaeda?
Hassan Mneimneh, German Marshall Fund
Many regions under regime control have regressed into similar patterns, with cult-like expressions of devotion to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in lieu of enforced radical religiosity. This is a testimony to the Assad regime's... more ››
February 12, 2014
Why Won't Obama Act on Syria? It's Iran, Stupid
Aaron David Miller, FP
Aside from another al Qaeda attack on the homeland, Iran is the only foreign-policy issue that has the power to mess up the remaining years of Obama's presidency. If diplomacy fails and Iran moves to break out and weaponize, or... more ››
February 13, 2014
Tepid U.S. Support Paying Off in Southern Syria
Michael Weiss, NOW
I’ve written in this space before that the Western efforts to consolidate, arm, and train Syrian rebels have had the greatest impact in the south of the country. There is now mounting new evidence to suggest that these efforts... more ››