Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

Within the space of a week, Kobane, the Syrian-Kurdish city on the lip of the Turkey that has been besieged for weeks by the Islamic State, has gone from being “not strategic...(full article)

As the Syrian civil war drags on and the situation in the Middle East continues to spiral out of control, Russia remains a steadfast supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad's re...(full article)

In global law since the Peace of Westphalia, states are supposed to rule specific territories and to be inviolable in those territories. Max Weber, writing in the early 20th centur...(full article)

The Syrian regime said Wednesday it too was providing assistance to the Kurds, joining a motley crew of Iranians, the U.S., Gulf countries and many European nations....(full article)

Amir has calculated that it takes about four seconds from the moment a bullet leaves his AK-47, to the moment his enemy is lifeless on the ground....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

13 Years of Costly Foreign Follies - Robert Merry, National Interest

The gnawing question is: What accounts for so many years under two presidents when foreign policy turned out to be one fiasco after another?...

Obama's Successful Push of Turkey - Bloomberg

In air-dropping weapons to the Kurdish People's Protection Units in Kobani this week, President Barack Obama has applied the pressure needed to get Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...

Why Syria's Moderate Opposition Is Useless - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Syria's moderate rebels are brawling among themselves in the streets of Turkey. And these are the people the White House wants to arm?...

Doubling Down on Obama's Syria Disaster - M. Weiss & F. Itani, Politico

Fareed Zakaria and Leslie Gelb both have made what they think are bold and unfashionable proposals for U.S. policy in Syria without bothering to realize that their prescriptions ha...

Do ISIS Fighters Value the Caliphate? - Tiersky & Chioke, Huffington Post

The outside world's war with ISIS seems to be evolving in a more positive direction. In the battle for Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border, ISIS fighters are retreating even althou...

Daily Life in the Shadow of ISIS - Alice Su, The Atlantic

Meryem has renamed the third floor of Motel Kurdistan. “Welcome to Bayt al-Sinjar!” the 8-year-old shouted, flinging her arms wide as my elevator door opened. I followed her ...

Does Obama Know PKK Can Be Allies? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Difficulties in the Turkish government’s relationship with Turkey’s Kurdish population continue to overshadow efforts to implement a coherent and comprehensive strategy to ad...

'Core al-Qaeda' Coming Back to Bite Us - Bridget Johnson, PJ Media

A possible chairman of the House Intelligence Committee in the 114th Congress warned that “every day” al-Qaeda gets stronger as the Obama administration tries to perpetuate a...

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS? - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies—even clinics—going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls....

Which Syrians Will Turkey Train? - Sibel Utku Bila, Al Monitor

U.S. officials now devote a fair bit of energy to keeping up appearances that Turkey is a partner in the US coalition against the Islamic State....

Obama's Coalition Is Fighting to Lose - Ira Straus, National Review

Obama certainly “believes in” international cooperation and organization, but this does not mean he knows how to build it or even sustain what there is of it....

Understanding Why Women Join ISIS - Amanda Taub, Vox

ISIS's treatment of women seems to be rife with confusing contradictions. The group's strict rules for women's dress seem oppressive, and its restrictions on women's behavior seem ...

ISIS Is on the Path to Defeat - Hussein Ibish, The National

In spite of its technical competence and impressive adaptability, the militant group may have overreached. The range of territory controlled by its fighters involves vulnerable sup...

Arming Rebels Works - Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast

President Obama has weighed the options and concluded America does more harm than good when it sets out to topple regimes. OK. But don’t pretend that’s the CIA’s ...

Obama Must Recalibrate Syria Strategy - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

The administration should abandon its lofty rhetoric and make clear that it is focused on a strategy against the Islamic State that is actually achievable: containment....

7 Bad Endings to the New Middle East War - Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch

Here, then, are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that’s on offer. After all, with all that military power be...

Turkey's Buffer Zone Blackmail - Kate Brannen, Foreign Policy

Turkey has drawn a line in the sand: Unless the United States and its coalition partners create a "buffer zone" along the Syrian-Turkish border, it's planning to sit this one out....

The Global Community Stops Protecting Innocents - C. May, Wash Times

Why has R2P not been invoked to stop the slaughters being carried out in Syria and Iraq? Why isn’t it mentioned in regard to the Syrian-Kurdish city of Kobani, which, as I wr...

Hunger the Latest Effect of Assad's War - The National

Millions of Syrians already live in desperate conditions, with winter approaching and no prospect of returning home. But their plight has worsened with the news that the United Nat...

ISIS Oil: The Well Is Running Dry - Matthew Philips, BusinessWeek

A report from the International Energy Agency in Paris has just estimated that Islamic State controls only about 20,000 barrels of daily oil production, down from about 70,000 as o...

Turkey, Check Your Borders - Matthias Christensen, RealClearWorld

After the crossings close for civilians, trucks loaded with weapons rumble through, loaded with cargoes meant to arm Syria's many opposition groups. The improper oversight of these...

Obama Pushed to Walk the Path to Escalation - David Ignatius, WaPo

As fighters from the Islamic State surge in Iraq toward control of Anbar province in the west and the town of Kobane on the Syrian border , U.S. commanders and diplomats are signal...

Turkey Has Been Drawn into the Conflict - Joseph Dana, The National

When the dust finally settles, Kobani will be remembered as a turning point for Turkey in the expanding US-led coalition’s war on ISIL....

A War of Endless Contradictions - H.D.S. Greenway, Boston Globe

I would submit the war be called “Operation Enduring Contradiction,” and here’s why....

Hold the Abettors of Jihad Accountable - Jamsheed & Carol Choksy, RCW

Only the Muslim nations that ignited jihadism can now defuse it, working with moderate Iraqis and Syrians who are directly affected by it....

Syrian War Conference, Minus Syrians - Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

President Obama will join a meeting of top defense officials from 21 countries Tuesday to discuss the war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Missing from the confab: anyone that’s...

Erdogan of Arabia - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Every once in a while, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just blows your mind. This morning, Turkish jets carried out airstrikes against bases of the Kurdistan Workers' Party...

ISIS Cancer Is Spreading to North Africa - Daniel Nisman, NY Post

  Nearly two months after President Obama first vowed to eradicate ISIS, this cancer is spreading in North Africa — within striking distance of Europe’s soft underbelly. ...

Russia Is Up to Its Neck in Syria - Michael Ledeen, PJ Media

ISIS vs. the Kurds so totally dominates our attention and our passions that we’ve failed to notice that the Russians are up to their necks in the fighting on the Syrian battlef...

Could Northern Syria Replicate Northern Cyprus? - A. Unver, Al Jazeera

Turkey may be plotting to install a reliable, Ankara-friendly pseudo-government in northern Syria....

Kurds See ISIS as a Turkish Subcontractor - Cengiz Candar, Al Monitor

Turkey is heading down a very dangerous path toward violence, with the potential of a civil war and/or intercommunal fighting. This would be very bad news. Even worse, the PKK and ...

Islamic State's Deadly, Effective Tactics - John McLaughlin, Ozy

After more than 400 coalition airstrikes, the countries opposing the Islamic State have gained a fighting chance, but they have yet to slow the group’s momentum or to markedl...

The Stunning Bravery of Kobani's Defenders - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

In the distance, black smoke is swirling from the western and northern sides of Kobani, the last redoubts of the few hundred YPG fighters who are there fighting for their lives. Th...

The Laptop Radicalizes, not the Mosque - Robert Fisk, The Independent

Isis has turned the internet into the most effective propaganda tool ever....

Washington Should Apologize to Kurds - Benny Avni, New York Post

While America is in an apologizing mode, how about expressing some regrets to the Kurds and others who for years begged for help in fighting against their (and our) enemies, but go...

A Nuclear Deal with Iran Is no Panacea - Kevin Sullivan, The Week

Washington wants Iran isolated and on the cusp of insolvency. Iranians are not oblivious to this fact, and in spite of their rather cosmopolitan disposition, Iranians overwhelmingl...

The Kobani Slaughter - Jerusalem Post

Nations intone “Never again,” but we are watching a human catastrophe happen as Western powers fail to employ their massive resources....

When Is a War Not a War? - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post

When is a war not a war? Does it matter, when a bomb is dropped or a missile launched, whether it’s called “counterterrorism,” or “armed conflict,” or...

US Complicit in Kobani Catastrophe - Washington Post

The Obama administration seems to have settled on a blame-Turkey defense for a possible humanitarian catastrophe in the Syrian city of Kobane. It’s convenient and not entirel...

The United States Doesn't Care About Syria - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

The anti-ISIS coalition has one goal: save Iraq....

Turkey Is Right: In Syria, It's About Assad - Frederic Hof, Atlantic Council

Whether Turkey is truly prepared to do a heavy lift in Syria is far from certain. What is beyond doubt is its unwillingness to do so while the United States holds its coat with its...

Kobani Undermines Obama's Entire Policy - New York Post

Even in the teeth of US airstrikes, ISIS continues to advance on this Syrian town near the Turkish border....

The Risk of Reigniting a Turkish War - Hugh Pope, The Guardian

Whatever happens to Kobani, it is only by sorting Turkish and Kurdish differences inside Turkey that the two sides can begin thinking the unthinkable about facing Isis together. An...

Should German Police Ban Kurdish Marches? - The Local

Violence between Islamists and Kurds on Germany's streets this week has prompted some conservative politicians to call for a ban on demonstrations, amid fears further protests will...

Freedom Is a Value, but so Is Stability - Christiane Hoffmann, Spiegel

Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?...

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