Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

Frozen Life in Wartime Syria

Janine di Giovanni, New York Times

Would a Mideast Marshall Plan Work?

Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

'Erdogan Wants a Caliphate'

Max. Popp & Selahattin Demirtas, Der Spiegel

Exposing Bashar Assad's War Crimes

Ben Taub, The New Yorker

Syria has now endured five years of war. We know the figures that illustrate that time passing: as many as 470,000 dead; nearly five million refugees; some six million displaced in...(full article)

Both Graham’s and Bono’s undoubtedly sincere efforts belie a deeply flawed understanding of what exactly the Marshall Plan was, and how and why it was so effective at h...(full article)

Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtas, 43, says that his HDP party wants a cease-fire in the ongoing battle between Turkish troops and Kurds in southeastern Turkey. But, he...(full article)

Syria, one of the most important states in the Arab world, has cracked up, and no peace settlement can put it back together....(full article)

The investigator in Syria had made the drive perhaps a hundred times, always in the same battered truck, never with any cargo. It was forty miles to the border, through eleven rebe...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Syria Cease-Fire Is Cracking, Its Peace Talks, Useless - Economist

Russia, which backs Mr Assad, and America, which nominally backs the opposition, are trying to put things back on track. Both say they will put pressure on the parties to abide by ...

U.S. Should Ditch "Plan B" for Syria - Al-Monitor

The failure to date of Turkish-backed Syrian armed groups to retake the Syrian border town of al-Rai from the Islamic State (IS) should be a warning to US intelligence officials re...

Stop Arguing over Assad's Future in Syria - The National

Unpalatable as it may be to see Mr Al Assad continue in office, it is increasingly a secondary issue to the business of turning the current ceasefire into a permanent peace, establ...

Obama Has Made the World More Dangerous - Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe

Since 2009, America’s credibility has been badly eroded and the world has become far more dangerous and unstable. The price of American retreat has been terrible, made all th...

The Afghans Sent by Iran to Die for Assad - Fariba Sahraei, BBC News

The men, who are mainly ethnic Hazaras, are recruited from impoverished and vulnerable migrant communities in Iran, and sent to join a multi-national Shia Muslim militia - in effec...

The Iranian Army's Syrian Gambit - Farzin Nadimi, Washington Institute

Elements of the national army have officially joined the IRGC on Syria's battlefields, but Tehran's apparent public-relations strategy could backfire at home if casualties mount....

Leaving a Small Syrian Democracy Out in the Cold - Saleh Mohamed, NYT

This week, United Nations talks meant to chart a path toward a peaceful, democratic future for Syria are set to resume in Geneva. But, in an absurd twist, the legitimate representa...

Obama's Biggest Mistake Isn't Libya. It's Syria. - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg

President Barack Obama said Sunday that his biggest mistake as president was failing to plan for the day after the fall of the Qaddafi regime in Libya. But as bad as Libya looks to...

Can ISIS Be Defeated Without the Kurds? - Fehim Tastekin, Al-Monitor

Turkey insists Rojava's People's Protection Units must be excluded from the fight against the Islamic State on the Menbic-Jarablus front....

ISIS's Scorched-Earth Strategy - Peter Schwartzstein, Foreign Policy

At least a million acres of prime arable land has been rendered unusable as the Islamic State lays waste to huge swaths of Iraqi territory. Systematic looting has robbed farms of m...

Iran Is Flexing More, Not Less, Muscle in Syria - Paul Bucala, Fox News

Recent statements by Artesh commanders indicate that they are determined to position the Artesh as capable of operating outside of Iran’s borders in order to defend and prote...

Against the Odds, Journalism Persists in Mideast - Sheila Coronel, CJR

In the past year, a group of Arab journalists has been working secretly in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Algeria, and Yemen as part of a global network of investigative reporters mining the...

The Makings of a Syrian Peace - Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal was to isolate the Islamists and reconcile the rest of the rebels with the Assad regime, and it is well on the way to accomplishment. ...

The Inhumanity of Human Rights Organizations - Evelyn Gordon, Comm.

Refugees in Turkey don’t have it easy, but they’re surviving. Thus, relocating them to Europe isn’t necessary to fulfill the refugee convention’s goals; it&...

Russia-Iran Alliance Is Weaker Than You Think - The National Interest

The relationship between Russia and Iran has come to the fore because of their coordination on the battlefield in Syria. A recent article in the Daily Beast noted President Vladimi...

Bashar Assad's Pivot to Palmyra - Paul Salem, RealClearWorld

The cease-fire and the evolving Russian position have affected Assad's strategy. His intention had been to maintain Russian help until a full battlefield defeat of the opposition, ...

To Unify Europe, Face the Mideast as One - Norbert Rottgen, NY Times

After the horror in Brussels, Europe is mourning once more. Rightly, the states of the European Union are also focused on bringing the perpetrators to justice and preventing a foll...

Deafening Anglo-American Silence Over Palmyra - R. Fisk, Independent

Putin noticed this, and talked about it, and accurately predicted the retaking of Palmyra. His aircraft attacked Isis - as US planes did not - in advance of the Syrian army's conqu...

The Syrian Revolt Against al-Qaeda - Thanassis Cambanis, Foreign Policy

An unexpected turn after a clash between Free Syrian Army forces and Jabhat al-Nusra fighters offers a window into who’s really winning hearts and minds....

How Russian Special Forces Are Shaping Syria - T. Gibbons-Neff, WaPo

The troops that recently recaptured Palmyra, Syria, from the Islamic State included Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces. And on Monday, Russian officials said there was another gr...

In Syria, Pentagon's Militias Fight CIA's - Bulos, Hennigan & Bennett, LAT

Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighti...

Bravo for Assad - Boris Johnson, Telegraph

The victory of Assad is a victory for archaeology, a victory for all those who care about the ancient monuments of one of the most amazing cultural sites on Earth. The monsters of ...

Are CIA and Pentagon-Backed Militias Really Fighting? - S Heller, WOTR

This is complicated, but bear with me. The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are not a monolithic force. Like nearly every other faction in Syria, they’re spread a...

Why Russia Could Artfully Exit Syria - Alexander Kirss, National Interest

American and Western observers would do well to note the reasons why Putin is able to declare victory in Syria, because they also illustrate why the United States and its allies wi...

ISIS Has Its Eyes on al-Qaeda's Global Network - Hassan Hassan, National

ISIL’s hold on territory in Iraq and Syria is still key to its relevance regionally and internationally, and its hold will probably continue for many years even if that territory...

The Pro-Assad Militia Trying to Redraw the Mideast Map - N. Samaha, FP

Although there has been little coverage of the SSNP — a secular Lebanese-Syrian party and one of the oldest political movements in the modern Middle East — it has been ...

How ISIS Exported Chaos to Europe - Martin Chulov, The Guardian

Isis now contends that geography was a means to its ultimate ends, which were always to spread its influence far and wide. The group’s most senior leaders, among them the sti...

On Aleppo's 'Death Road' - CNN

CNN's Clarissa Ward took 'Death Road' -- the only remaining rebel-held route -- into the the heart of opposition-controlled Aleppo, Syria....

Is Turkey Ready to Be Europe's Border Guard? - Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

There was much fanfare among government circles in Ankara after Turkey and the European Union concluded on March 18 what Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu calls a “historic agre...

Why Putin Made a Hasty Retreat from Syria - M. Trudolyubov, Newsweek

The partial pullout, with some of the forces leaving and some rotating, is most likely a bargaining tool. It is already playing a role in the intra-Syrian talks, as well as in U.S....

Will the Islamic State Survive 2016? - Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor

Following spectacular combat gains for two years, the Islamic State (IS) is on the defensive in Iraq and Syria. In 2015, IS lost 14% of the territory it once controlled. It has los...

The (Limited) Spetsnaz War in Syria - Mark Galeotti, War on the Rocks

in a conversation before the drawdown was announced, one current officer made the point to me that “this is the kind of war for which the Spetsnaz have been training for thir...

Is Russia Really Pulling Out From Syria? Nyet - Micah Halpern, Observer

Putin is keeping total control of the Russian port in Tartus, its naval headquarters in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. From Tartus, Russia can listen in on and control all...

Is the Kurdish Plan Foolhardy or First-Rate? - Hassan Hassan, National

The move, many say, was premature. The Kurds could have continued to stiffen their dominance in northeastern Syria through military battles against ISIL and the existing system of ...

Federalism Isn't the Answer in Syria - M. Meyer-Resende, Foreign Policy

The chaos in Syria is prompting some to look to federalism as a solution. But that’s a word that peace negotiators have every reason to avoid....

Why Is Israel Treating Syria's Wounded? - Dov Lieber, Times of Israel

Israel continues to profess its neutrality in the Syrian civil war, and security officials credibly claim that there can be no particularly good outcome as far as Israel is concern...

Don't Expect a Russia-Saudi Thaw Just Yet - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

Russia’s likely gradual and partial military withdrawal from Syria may minimize one of the irritants in the Russian-Saudi relationship, but it won’t address their funda...

Putin the Monster Wins Again - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times

Seen through a lens of morality, what Putin has done is monstrous — he is helping to prop up a bloodthirsty regime that has been responsible for killing hundreds of thousands...

Can Israel Influence the 'Day After' in Syria? - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

For quite a while, discussions have been taking place in Israel regarding the “day after” an arrangement is agreed to on Syria. Israel’s decision-makers have take...

Why Putin Went Into Syria - George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on March 14 that he would begin withdrawing his main forces from Syria. Russia appears to have deployed about 70 aircraft of a variety of...

Russia Leaves ISIS Intact in Syria - Con Coughlin, Telegraph

No matter how hard Russian President Vladimir Putin might try to portray his military intervention in Syria as a great success, the reality is that Moscow’s controversial inv...

Russia's 'Mission Accomplished' Moment? - G. Diesen, Lowy Interpreter

There has been widespread confusion among analysts about Russian motives in Syria, confusion that has led to flawed expectations. Russia never sought a 'winner-takes-all' victory. ...

Putin to Assad: Do Svidaniya - Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor

Russian President Vladimir Putin is saying 'do svidaniya' — or goodbye — to Syria, announcing the start of a Russian military withdrawal that Putin said he hoped would ...

Why Obama Abandoned His Own Doctrine in Syria - Jeremy Shapiro, Vox

The larger lesson of America’s screwed-up Syria policy is not that American inactivity produced chaos or that American meddling made a bad situation worse. It is that the Was...

ISIS Is Losing Its Territory -- and Fast - Henry Johnson, Foreign Policy

At the end of 2014, the Islamic State controlled one-third of Iraq and one-third of Syria – a land mass roughly equal to the area of Great Britain — where the extremist...

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