Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

Obama’s desire to avoid more deeply entangling America in Middle Eastern wars has come at a cost. Syria, already nearly broken by dictatorship and civil war, has been further...(full article)

For starters, the United States needs to address the means-ends mismatch in its strategy. It has devoted inadequate resources in pursuit of a goal — to “degrade and eve...(full article)

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Syrian Kurdish fighters seized almost all of the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad from the Islamic State on Monday, handing the jihadi group a major defeat ...(full article)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is angry with the joint Kurdish-Arab operation to get the Islamic State out of Tell Abyad....(full article)

The residents of Kobani are living in a volatile environment; sometimes they are faced with the threat of death and destruction of the city, and other times they see their crops be...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Wins in the War on Terror - Wall Street Journal

The Kurdish advance in Syria is more important than drone kills....

Al Qaeda Makes a Sales Pitch to the US - Robert Fisk, Independent

Is al-Nusra anxious to attack the West? Think not of it. An enemy of the Christians, Alawites and other minorities in Syria? Perish the thought. Syria’s minorities can come “in...

Obama Dithers, the Worst Befalls Syria - Noah Rothman, Commentary

In a wild tactical shift, Bashar al-Assad’s air force is reportedly conducting raids in support of ISIS. As the Islamic State’s forces advance on the anti-Assad rebel-h...

Will the Islamic State Rule Damascus? - P. Buchanan, Amer. Conservative

A collapse of Assad’s army could give ISIS control of Syria. Our “friends” don’t mind this happening because it would be a defeat for Iran and the Shiite Cr...

Israel Fears Syria's Breakdown - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Israeli experts are cautious about predicting events in Syria, but concede that despite losses by Hezbollah there, the organization might attack Israel unexpectedly from the Lebane...

Hezbollah's War on Terror - Nour Samaha, Foreign Policy

For Hezbollah, the sectarian rhetoric emanating from its foes simply distracts from the real battle — its war against terrorist groups. As far as it is concerned, any viable alte...

Syrian Rebels Refusing to Fight ISIS - Michael Weiss, Daily Beast

"The train and equip program will be structurally impaired for as long as those taking part in it are asked to target jihadists first and the regime second," Charlie Winter, an ISI...

Russia Will Keep Backing Assad - for Now - A.B. Solomon, Jerusalem Post

Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, is unlikely to drop its support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, even though it distrusts him and recognizes that his situa...

Iraqi Shiite Fighters on the Rise in Syria - P. Smyth, Washington Institute

As regime and Hezbollah forces experience manpower and projection problems in Syria, Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite militias may be reassuming a greater combat role....

How the Islamic State Could Win - John McLaughlin, Washington Post

Let’s think the unthinkable: Could the Islamic State win?...

Absent Empire, Chaos Reigns in the Middle East - Robert D. Kaplan, FP

Imperialism may have fallen out of fashion, but history shows that the only other option is the kind of chaos we see today....

ISIS Could Drive a Rare Bird to Extinction - BBC

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon has offered a reward of $1,000 (£646) for information on the whereabouts of Zenobia (named after the queen of Palmyra), th...

The Islamic State in Palmyra - Dexter Filkins, New Yorker

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...

Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS - Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast

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...

Let's Not Hyperventilate Over Palmyra - Juan Cole, Informed Comment

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...

U.S. Military Against ISIS? It Won't Be Quick and Easy - B. Fishman, CNN

(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 ...

Before We Dive Back into Middle Eastern Wars... - P. Buchanan, Am. Cons

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...

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...

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