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الجمهورية العربية السورية

Palmyra is the kind of place that is so vast and so stunning that you don’t have to know much about art or history or architecture to appreciate it. (Better if you do, of cou...(full article)

They’re supposed to be at the forefront of the battle against ISIS. But U.S. special operators say the Obama administration’s restrictive rules of war are harming their...(full article)

For Syrians, Palmyra is famous not only for its historical ruins but more darkly as the site of the notorious Tadmor Prison, where Muslim fundamentalists were imprisoned, including...(full article)

(CNN)Despite months of an American-led bombing campaign, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has conquered the Iraqi city of Ramadi. It is a major setback, and it should ...(full article)

The fall of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, largest province in Iraq, after a rout of the Iraqi army by a few hundred ISIS fighters using bomb-laden trucks, represents a stunning setback...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Will Palmyra Be the Turning Point in Syria? - Champion, Bloomberg View

It will be a while, if ever, before we know the precise circumstances under which Palmyra was taken. But the cafe owner who cried "Treason! It's treason" as soldiers and police fle...

ISIS Now Controls Half of Syria - Kareem Shaheen, Guardian

Islamic State militants massacre rebellious tribe and have unhindered access to city’s ancient ruins...

Save Palmyra, or Maniacs Will Raze Civilization - Boris Johnson, T'graph

A learned culture that gave us diversity, beauty, learning and heritage is under threat from Isil...

2 Events Showcase Obama's Failed Strategy - W.R. Mead, Am. Interest

This weekend saw U.S. Special Forces pull off a stunning raid, flying deep into Syrian territory in an attempt to capture a senior Islamic State leader called Abu Sayyaf. Sayyaf, a...

The Dicey Future of Syria's Exiled Government - Laura Secorun Palet, Ozy

Finding Syria’s Ministry of Justice in exile is not easy. Aside from the metal detector in the lobby and barbed wire perimeter, the building is utterly unassuming, and you mi...

Will Jabhat al-Nusra Eclipse IS in Syria? - C. Solomon, Global Risk Insights

Jihadist groups have made some recent military gains against the regime forces in Syria. Both the Assad regime and Islamic State are under extreme political and economic pressure. ...

U.S. Forces Carried Out a Big Raid in Syria - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Crossing into Syria — which the US nearly bombed in 2013 — is a significant step. This White House has long said that there would be "no American boots on the ground" f...

Did the Syria Raid Accomplish Its Goal? - Joshua Keating, Slate

Terrorism analyst Bruce Reidel tells the New York Times that the raid looks like it was meant to be a “collection mission” to capture someone with information on the in...

A New Cooperation on Syria - David Ignatius, Washington Post

On the eve of a meeting between Arab leaders and President Obama to discuss Middle East security, developments in Syria could bolster the opposition’s campaign to topple the ...

Hezbollah and Iran Manufacture Victory in Syria - Hanin Ghaddar, NOW

Hezbollah will not admit defeat in Syria....

Israel Should Come Clean About Chemical Arms - Tal Niv, Haaretz

It's time for Israel to formally ratify its treaty with the OPCW, the organization which has undertaken to remove chemical weapons from Syria....

The Afghans Fighting Assad's War - Christopher Reuter, Der Spiegel

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is running out of soldiers and is forced to rely on mercenaries in his ongoing battle against rebels. Many of his foreign fighters come from Afghanista...

Repeating Rwanda's Dark History in Syria - Dick Durbin, Politico

What is happening in Syria today may not be a genocide by classic definition, but it is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. The thousands of dead and injured have r...

Syria's Changing Strategic Landscape - Robert Rabil, The Nat'l Interest

Two astute observers of the Middle East Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, and Frederic C. Hof, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for t...

Iran Is Reaching Its Limits in Syria - Alan Philps, The National

These developments inside Syria and the region point to one conclusion: the Iranian intervention, which has so far saved the regime – perhaps at the cost of $2 billion (Dh7.3...

Syria Flows into Jordan - Emma Parson & Katie Welsford, Compass Cultura

Over 3.8 million Syrians have been uprooted and forced to flee to the safety of neighboring states causing strands of the Syrian spirit to be gradually woven into a much broader re...

For Many Syrians, al Nusra Is the Middle Ground - L. Williams, ME Eye

Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, has long been a central player in Syria’s civil war. But while the group may get less media coverage than the Islamic State (IS)...

Is Assad Finished, for Real, Finally, Again? - Aaron David Miller, FP

The rumors and assessments are flying. Analysts and experts are starting to wonder whether recent rebel gains in the north of Syria don’t constitute some potential tipping po...

Al Qaeda and ISIS Are Very Different Indeed - Daniel Byman, Brookings

Who will emerge triumphant is not clear. However, the implications of one side’s victory or of continuing division are profound for the Muslim world and for the United States...

Little Hope Left for Syria - Seth Mandel, Commentary

It’s pretty clear at this point that Bashar al-Assad’s forces are in a state of alarm. A string of setbacks at the hands of rebel armies as well as from its own interna...

Chlorine Saves Lives; Assad Uses It to Kill - A Sparrow, NY Review of Books

As epidemics of waterborne diseases escalate across Syria in besieged and opposition-held areas, the Syrian government’s systematic withholding of the primary means to decont...

Is Assad Finally on His Way Out? - W.R. Mead, The American Interest

He could be, and his exit will make a mess, the scope of which will be the direct result of U.S. policy the past few years. Nevertheless, his fall could prove to be the start of a ...

Happy Talk Won't Defeat ISIS - Max Boot, Wall Street Journal

Statistics being touted by the Pentagon have a whiff of the Vietnam War about them....

Where ISIS Gets Its Weed - Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast

THE BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon — They are killing Syrians and each other at an astronomical rate but there seems to be one thing that jihadist troops and Assad allies are working ...

Why Won't Obama Help Syria's Christians? - Hail Kouki, Daily Beast

Syria is ruled by a regime that can easily make you appreciate the freedom of just being out of prison. I was released after 40 days and I said to myself, “Never again, freed...

The Futility of Interviewing Assad - James Denselow, Al Jazeera

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, ...

The Middle East: A Rubik's Cube of Conflict - John McLaughlin, Ozy

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...

Assad Is Weakening - Economist

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...

Assad's Grip Is Slipping - The National

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...

The Middle Eastern Balance of Power Matures - George Friedman, Stratfor

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...

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...

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