Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

Last week we were treated to another glimpse into the life and thoughts of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad as part of a "60 Minutes" interview with Charlie Rose. With the world, ...(full article)

Never in modern times has the Middle East been so chaotic. Many of us who have worked in the region have been comparing it — frighteningly — to Europe’s Thirty Ye...(full article)

FOR the rebels fighting against President Bashar Assad, it was a huge victory. On March 28th a collection of Islamist fighters, including Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate, ca...(full article)

He should have seen it coming. At the beginning of the early 2011 uprising that would become the Syrian civil war, Bashar Al Assad released militants from his prisons to deliberate...(full article)

Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued i...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

War Is Consuming the Middle East - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

For many years, the world has looked at the Middle East in fear that any conflict there could spill over into a region-wide war that pits the two great sects of Islam against each ...

Kerry's Assad Accommodation - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

On the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded everyone-in case anyone still harbored doubts-that the Obama administration had no intentio...

Assad Fools America - Again - Zelin & Alrifai, National Interest

With the rise of ISIS and its open brutality, the United States has stopped calling for the overthrow of Assad and is actually now working together with Assad to “defeat&rdqu...

Obama, the Assad Accomplice - Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

So Assad knows that Mr. Obama will do nothing to dethrone him. He knows also that the administration—which came to office as the most pro-Syrian in history—still wants ...

An Absent America Is the Worst of All Worlds - Faisal Al Yafai, National

But America is today, at best, an absent-minded ally. Washington seeks to influence in some areas – extensively in Iraq and Iran, to a lesser extent in Lebanon – but th...

Syria Is Dead, Long Live the Syrians - James Denselow, Al Jazeera

Syria's population has lost over 220,000 in the past four years and one million more have been wounded. Some 4.3 million are projected to have left the country by the end of the ye...

Why the Strategy in Iraq and Syria Is Failing - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

One of the ironies of a steadily more partisan Washington is that its politicians and policymakers continue to call for "strategy" without looking beyond the military dimension. On...

America Is Losing the War in Syria - Robert Ford, Foreign Policy

The current U.S. strategy in Syria isn’t working. Despite the coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State, the group still has strategic depth in Syria to back its campaign in...

ISIS's Plan to Take Its Caliphate Global - Nancy Youssef, The Daily Beast

Boko Haram isn’t about to become a mere extension of ISIS, despite a purported pledge allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State this weekend. Instead, ISIS is likely to o...

Syria's Ancient Culture Is Being Obliterated - W. Abdallah, Al-Monitor

Syria's most treasured antiquities have been destroyed or looted as smugglers seek to profit from the country’s destruction....

A Dangerous Escalation Between Hezbollah and Israel - El-Husseini, TNI

The "rules of the game" have unraveled. Now what?...

Al Qaeda Affiliate Rises in Syria - Jonathan Spyer, PJ Media

In the latest blow to supporters of the “moderate” elements among the Syrian rebels, the Harakat Hazm “Movement of Determination” this week announced that it was disbanding...

An ISIS Strategy Should Consider Syria, Russia, and Iran - A. Pierce, WT

In asking Congress to authorize the use of military force against Islamic State militants, President Obama stressed the importance of showing the world “we are united in our ...

Saudis Look to Egypt to Counter ISIS, Iran - W.R. Mead, American Interest

Egypt might normally prefer to look almost exclusively westward, where the chaos in Libya both poses an explicit threat to its own security (radicals and weapons moving across the ...

ISIS Gets Funding Via Looted Art - Daniela Deane, Washington Post

LONDON — Almost 100 items of Syrian art and antiquities looted by the extremist Islamic State group have been smuggled into Britain and sold for money to fund the group&rsquo...

Plight of Syria's Christian Minority - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

Before a brutal civil war engulfed Syria, the country was testament to the religious and ethnic diversity of the Middle East. Arabs of different faiths, Kurds, Armenians, Assyrian ...

The Assyrian Christians Defending Their People - Khalel and Vickery, FP

Johan Cosar sits on the floor of a cold, dark room with his knees pulled up to his chest, an AK-47 leaning casually against his leg. The electricity has cut out, but he is unconcer...

Did Turkey Cut a Deal with ISIS? - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Turkish leaders have presented their weekend mission to rescue dozens of troops guarding an ancient Ottoman tomb inside Syria as a military triumph. But critics see Saturday nigh...

Islamic State: The Beast Keeps Growing - John McLaughlin, Ozy

The Islamic State has been ballooning aggressively for well over a year now, and the question I posed three months ago is whether we are ready to face the truth about this next gen...

Turkey Makes a Move in Syria - Economist

TURKISH tanks and troops backed by attack helicopters and drones rumbled into Syria over the weekend to repatriate 38 Turkish soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grand...

A Fight to the Death with Theocrats - Prince Salman of Bahrain, Telegraph

The weekend’s attacks in Copenhagen are a further reminder that if we’re meaningfully to address this spiralling global threat, we need to widen our understanding and de...

Obama's Five Mideast Blunders - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

By 2011, the U.S. had cut way back its dependence on Middle Eastern gas and oil imports, which in turn gave American diplomats a measure of immunity from petro-blackmail, and the...

The Unlikely Heroes Saving Syrians - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

ide by side with the worst of humanity, you often see the best. In Syria, that’s a group of volunteers called the White Helmets. Its members rush to each bombing and claw sur...

Obama Stumbled into the Right Syria Policy - Ian Bremmer, FT

America’s values demand that Washington offer what it can to help those who need assistance. American interests require that Washington keep its distance from wars it can&rsq...

The Enemy of a Syrian Enemy Is Still an Enemy - Colum Lynch, FP

U.N. leaders thought the rise of the Islamic State could push Assad and the country's moderate rebels closer to a deal. They were wrong....

ISIS May Drift, but It Won't Sink - Fidaa Itani, NOW Lebanon

Four reasons ISIS will remain resilient despite recent defections and a recent rallying of forces against them....

Assad's Lurid Sales Pitch as Alternative to Chaos - L. Williams, Interpreter

After popular protests broke out in Syria against the ruling regime headed by Bashar Assad in 2011, supporters of the president adopted a catch-cry. The slogan was seen scrawled on...

Obama, Assad Teaming Up to Take On ISIS - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

Washington and Damascus are not coordinating their battle plans against the so-called Islamic State at any official level, but a de facto deal between them is increasingly obvious....

The Media's Failure in Syria - Scott Lucas, The Conversation

February 2015 has already seen some major developments in Syria’s four-year conflict. At the start of February, rebels launched more than 100 rockets into Damascus and the As...

How Making Nice with Tehran Boosts ISIS - Ahmad El Assaad, NY Post

Sunnis across the Middle East feel bullied by Tehran’s increasingly dominant role in the region, and angry as the world remains on the sidelines. This unfortunate reality i...

How to Win Covert Wars - Richard Russell, The National Interest

In light of plummeting security around the globe today, the United States would be prudent to take an inventory of its instruments of statecraft. The foundation for effective sta...

Syrian Civil War Persists Despite ISIS Threat - Zeina Karam, Miami Herald

The world may be gripped by the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State group, but a wider bloodbath provoked by Syria's civil war is continuing unabated, with several hundred peo...

Syria, the Ultimate Example of Realpolitik - Marc Pierini, EU Observer

With the roar of conflict in eastern Ukraine, some disquieting developments in the Middle East might have been recently overlooked. Yet, interviews by Syrian president Bashar al-As...

The Toxic Terror Brew: Land, Money and a Story - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Today’s terrorism is far from what it looked like just 14 years ago in the wake of 9/11. It’s dangerous and powerful in new ways, and will prove seductive for much of the world...

ISIS Is just a Death Cult with an Army - George Packer, New Yorker

The Islamic State doesn’t behave according to recognizable cost-benefit analyses. It doesn’t cut its losses or scale down its ambitions. The very name of the self-procl...

Explaining Erdogan's Pivot Away from West - Mustafa Akyol, Al-Monitor

As any Turkey watcher would easily confirm, hostility to the West has increasingly marked the rhetoric of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) a...

ISIS Grows as Fast as U.S. Wipes Them Out - Mak & Yousseff, Daily Beast

The American-led bombing campaign is doing little to stem the tide of foreign fighters joining the war in Iraq and Syria. Four thousand of these fighters have joined the conflict...

3 Messages of ISIS's New Rampage - Riyadh Mohammed, The Fiscal Times

ISIS is once again on a rampage. The terror group executed a second Japanese hostage this past weekend, took a minor oil field in Northern Iraq for a few days, stormed the oil-rich...

Democrats Rebel Against Obama's Foreign Policy - Jackson Diehl, WaPo

For more than two years, a breach has been opening between President Obama and the foreign policy establishment of the Democratic Party. Last week, as Russia pressed a new offensiv...

Bashar al Assad's True Lies - Daily Star

Assad has stretched the truth when it comes to the presence of Lebanese nationals in Syrian jails; he has failed to live up to commitments to the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia...

How ISIS Smuggles Fighters to Europe - M. Giglio & M. al-Awad, BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio speaks to an ISIS operative in Turkey about the group’s efforts to smuggle fighters to the West....

How Assad Frittered Away Syria's Sovereignty - Michael Young, The National

If Hafez Al Assad could come back and see what his son, Bashar, has done in Syria, he would re-enter his mausoleum and slam the door. Virtually every principle the late president s...

A New Level of Refugee Suffering - Angelina Jolie, New York Times

KHANKE, Iraq — I HAVE visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now....

Israel Pays the Price for an Operational Error - Haaretz

Wednesday's incident on Har Dov, in which two soldiers were killed and seven were wounded when an antitank missile was fired on an Israel Defense Forces vehicle, was a predictable ...

Assad Will Be Needed to Defeat the Islamic State - Bloomberg View

The Kurdish flags now fluttering over Kobani after four months of fighting demonstrate that Islamic State can be beaten on the battlefield in Syria. Plentiful U.S. air power -- som...

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