Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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

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...(full article)

Fear of Isis is leading the Arab states to lend support to the lesser of two evils...(full article)

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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....

A Bloody June in Aleppo - Alaa Halabi, Al-Monitor

Ongoing attacks on Aleppo are receiving very little media coverage....

With Assad on the Ropes, What Now for Syria? - C. Glass, The National

The summer heat has hit Syria, but this year there is more to complain about than the weather. Syria’s civilians, the vast majority of whom have no dog in the fight between a...

Obama Won't Let the U.S. Beat ISIS - Michael Petrou, Maclean's

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...

The Ingredients of a Viable anti-ISIS Strategy - Michael Eisenstadt, WOTR

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...

Wins in the War on Terror - Wall Street Journal

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

After Big Victory, Will Kurds Lay Siege to Raqqa? - David Kenner, FP

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 ...

Erdogan Fears an ISIS Loss - Fehim Tastekin, Al-Monitor

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

ISIS Turned Kobani to Scorched Earth - Massoud Hamed, Al-Monitor

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...

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...

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