Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

I first moved to Aleppo 10 years ago. At that time, the city was the world for me: the glorious past and the present, the bitter and the sweet. I attended university in mid-Aleppo&...(full article)

Ahmad is invisible. He uses a fake name, rarely ventures outside, and moves his family between apartments in Jordan’s capital of Amman frequently, sometimes at a moment&rsquo...(full article)

During this month, a military escalation by both sides of the Syrian conflict has led to a dramatic increase in bloodshed. For weeks, the Assad regime has been pounding Zabadani, a...(full article)

It can be hard to read the tea leaves in a conversation like this—General Eshki no longer holds any official role in the Saudi government, and continues to insist that the di...(full article)

A more complete explanation of the battered Arab region today must include accounting for several other mega-tends: the impact of the last twenty-fix years of non-stop American mil...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Why Assad Targets the Suburbs - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Airstrikes carried out last weekend by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad serve as just the latest brutal reminder of the total war that is being waged in the country,...

U.S. Presses for Solution to Syrian Civil War - Michael Crowley, Politico EU

Three months ago, Secretary of State John Kerry flew to the Black Sea resort town of Sochi for an unexpected meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A central topic: the civ...

Syria Is the New Great Game - Andrew Tabler, Foreign Affairs

How Regional Powers are Carving Up Syria...

US, Russia Recalibrate Syria Diplomacy - Bob Bowker, Lowy Interpreter

We may be seeing the start of a process, backed by Moscow and Washington, that will see a recalibration of the objectives of the key regional players in response to the realisation...

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape - Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times

Claiming the Quran’s support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria and uses the practice as a recruiting tool....

Remembering Hiroshima, Amidst Hell in Syria - Rami Khouri, Cairo Rev

Will Assad be allowed to step down and retire quietly somewhere? Or should he be held accountable for most of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have died in the war there? I...

Blame U.S. Mideast Mess Solely on Obama - Michael Young, NOW

The Obama administration’s way of making foreign policy decisions has come under scrutiny lately as it adopts new, seemingly paradoxical, policies in the Middle East....

Why the U.S. Can't Build a Syrian Army - Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic

An attack on an American-funded military group epitomizes the Obama administration’s logistical and strategic failures in the war-torn country....

The Coming Partition in Syria - Joseph Kechichian, Gulf News

Notwithstanding the self-created confusion in the United States and most other western countries over which Syrian revolutionary groups to support, and in light of the latest Turki...

Selling off Syria's History - Mike Giglio & Munzer al-Awad, BuzzFeed

The trade in stolen antiquities from Syria funds all sides of the civil war that has engulfed the country....

The Caliphate Inches Closer to Jordan - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Rumors have been circulating in recent days that the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade -- a Syrian rebel group that gained notoriety in March 2013 when it kidnapped, and subsequently release...

Saving Syria's Christians - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under ...

Turkey's Reasons for Joining the Fight on ISIS - Kemal Kirisci, Brookings

The deal with the United States has now given the caretaker government a chance to take on the PKK. The AKP—supposed to be negotiating a coalition—is now banking on Erd...

Turkey's Wishes Could Undermine IS Fight - N. Quilliam, Chatham House

Rather than serve as safe havens for allies, they are much more likely to serve as bases from which groups that vehemently oppose the West can perpetuate their war against the Assa...

The U.S. Is Creating Cannon Fodder in Syria - M. Weiss & N. Yousseff, DB

Is Washington really trying to train a rebel army in Syria? Or are they just marking fighters for death—and worse?...

What's Eating Turkey? - Burak Kadercan, War on the Rocks

While the “Suruc massacre,” as it has come to be known in Turkey, has galvanized action against ISIL, it also underscores long-term strategic challenges that might stil...

Turmoil in Turkey: Erdogan's Dangerous Gambit - The Economist

TURKEY’S allies in the West have felt increasingly queasy about its wayward president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At home he has become authoritarian and wants to change the const...

Against All Odds, Assad Hangs On - The National

Syrian president Bashar Al Assad has long been in denial about the extent of his losses, in terms of manpower and territory, in his country’s civil war. This week he was more...

Turkey Drawn into a Vortex of Violence - Mahmut Bozarslan, Al-Monitor

A sudden escalation of attacks against police and the military after the Suruc suicide bombing prompts fears that the cease-fire with the Kurds has ended....

All Roads Lead to Syria - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

For most Sunnis, the acid test of American intentions is the one place on earth that President Obama wants nothing to do with: the zone of fanaticism, anarchy, and atrocity formerl...

Turkey's Dangerous Game in Syria - The Guardian

Ankara's ideal post-Isis world would be one in which both Syria and Iraq come back to life as strong nations, controlling and satisfying their Kurdish minorities, and thus leaving ...

Turkey's Double Trouble: ISIS and the PKK - Brooklyn Middleton, Arabiya

The past several days in southeastern Turkey have seen significant bloodshed followed by high tensions and widespread unrest that has spilled over into Istanbul and Ankara. On 20 J...

A Turning Point for Turkey - The National

Turkey has been here before. In May 2013, two car bombs were detonated in the city of Reyhanli in the south, a stone’s throw from the Syrian border. Fifty-two civilians died....

How the U.S., Russia Could Solve Syria - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

The Iran deal has produced a level of mutual congratulations in the US-Russia relationship that, however mild, has not existed for some time. According to the White House, Presiden...

What Will Obama Do for Syrian Rebels? - Micah Zenko, CFR

Without any formal announcement from Washington, the United States became further militarily committed to the civil war in Syria last week. It was reported that the first wave of a...

ISIS's Jihad Against WiFi - Michael Weiss, The Daily Beast

Surprisingly, the terror army has only just decided to ban Internet access for most residents of Raqqa -- but still, many are furious about it....

Syria's Druze Caught Up in Game of Nations - Sami Nader, Al-Monitor

The Syrian Druze, staunch allies of the Assad regime, face an existential threat from opposition forces, which is why Druze leaders in neighboring countries have been calling for a...

Arab States Cosy Up to Al Qaeda, for a Reason - Ahmed Rashid, Spectator

Fear of Isis is leading the Arab states to lend support to the lesser of two evils...

Syrian Opposition Plans to Use Turkish Lira - M. al-Khatieb, Al-Monitor

The Syrian opposition forces in rebel-held northern areas created a committee to implement the replacement of the Syrian pound with the Turkish lira, in a move they claim will put ...

There Is No Way Out for Syria - John Gay, The National Interest

For more than four years, Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war. Around four million people have been uprooted. The nation’s cities have been reduced to rubble. Its ec...

ISIS Is Weak, but So Are Arab States - Rami Khouri, Cairo Review

ISIS is not so strong in absolute terms, but its gains have occurred primarily because of two related reasons: the weaknesses and uncoordinated nature of its foes in Iraq and Syria...

8 Reasons Turkey Will Not Cross into Syria - Serkan Demirtas, Radikal

another pressing question has been raised in the halls of Ankara: Will Turkey enter Syria to create a so-called "buffer zone?" The shortest answer to that question is Turkey should...

A Look at Who Is Fighting ISIS on the Ground - Barbara Slavin, Al-Monitor

A mismatch in priorities between the United States and its Sunni allies is obliging the Obama administration to rely more on Iran-backed forces to fight the group that calls itself...

Destroying Palmyra, Syria's Memory - Omar Abdullah, Syria Deeply

Locals in the city of Palmyra speak out as ISIS threatens the treasured ancient ruins of their city, after destroying its notorious Assad regime prison that scarred so many....

Pipelines and Tribal Politics: Syria's Desert Crisis - Abdallah, Al-Monitor

In light of the ongoing war in Syria, the Syrian desert is also part of the crisis given its geopolitical and economic importance....

The Kurdish Moment Arrives - Michael Tanchum, Foreign Affairs

Amassing Power at Ballot Box and on the Battlefield...

ISIS Fights for a Window to the Sea - Esperance Ghanem, Al-Monitor

As the Islamic State is gaining ground in Homs, which is close to the Lebanese border, the Lebanese army is preparing to counter any attempt to turn North Lebanon into an emirate a...

ISIS Is Suffering Big Losses in Syria - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

ISIS is seeing some significant setbacks in Syria. Its de facto capital, the Syrian city of Raqqa, is under serious threat from Kurdish (YPG) troops. ISIS "is barely surviving in S...

Obama's Dainty Syrian Moves Are Dangerous - Washington Times

The Obama administration’s determination to stay clear of the civil war in Syria, understandable but dangerous, is a tale of red lines drawn and then ignored as if they had n...

The War Within Syria's War - Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books

On 16 June, Kurdish militiamen, with the support of US airstrikes, captured the town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria, a major crossing point on the Syrian-Turkish border. Its fall i...

Are Jordan and Turkey Invading Syria? - Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast

Four years in to Syria’s civil war and same ideas keep coming up. This week, buffer zones were back in the news as they have been periodically since they were first floated i...

The Secret Effort to Save the ISIS Hostages - Lawrence Wright, New Yorker

Five American families, each harboring a grave secret, took their seats around a vast dining table at the home of David Bradley, a Washington, D.C., entrepreneur who owns the media...

Saving Syria's Cultural Heritage - Rashmee Roshan Lall, National

Those who fear a cultural disaster in Syria because of the landmines that ISIL is said to have laid around Palmyra’s ancient ruins, should take some comfort in the extremist ...

Kurdish Gains in Syria Anger Erdogan - Al-Monitor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives priority to battle Kurdish “terror organizations” over the Islamic State; the Islamic State's scorched-earth practices in K...

Assad Is Losing His Army - Hassan Hassan, Daily Beast

A major minority sect in Syria doesn't want to fight for an imperiled regime, and could be critical in deciding the next phase of the civil war....

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