Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

Obama's Syrian Shame

Roger Cohen, New York Times

Is Assad at Long Last Winning?

Hassan Hassan, The National

If Rebels Lose Aleppo, It's Game Over

Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast

“The tide of war is receding,” Barack Obama tirelessly insisted four years ago as he campaigned for reelection. Even then, the slogan seemed untethered from reality. No...(full article)

WASHINGTON — The Putin policy in Syria is clear enough as the encirclement of rebel-held Aleppo proceeds and tens of thousands more Syrians flee toward the Turkish border. It...(full article)

What a difference a year makes in Syria. And the introduction of massive Russian airpower....(full article)

Five months after the regime’s forces seemed incapable of halting the string of victories achieved by the rebels in northern Syria, which led to the Russian military interven...(full article)

If government forces are able to successfully encircle the city and hold it, and control the province around it, “the war is essentially over,” said one of the senior d...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Max Boot: Syria Policy a Stain on Obama's Presidency - WS Journal

Syrian peace talks in Geneva broke down after only a couple days of negotiations. Max Boot, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, talks with the Wall Street Journal's...

Russia's Chechnya Strategy Blasts Aleppo - Natalie Nougayrede, Guardian

If Aleppo falls, Syria’s vicious war will take a whole new turn, one with far-reaching consequences not just for the region but for Europe too. The latest government assault on t...

Shocking Drone Footage Shows Destruction of Homs, Syria - Channel 4

After years of war, parts of Homs, Syria, are crumbling and deserted. New drone footage shows the extent of the devastation....

Assad Has a Plan to Stay in Power. This Is It - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

By constantly sowing dissent and chaos in the ranks of its enemies, the regime ensures that there is no credible opposition – and so the risk of a security vacuum without the...

Europe Turns to Turkey for Rescue - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Turkish politics have become German domestic politics. A troubled Europe, cast loose from America, slouches toward Ankara to be saved....

Kerry Lectures While Syrians Starve - Washington Post

THE PEOPLE of Madaya, a Syrian town besieged by the government, are still starving. According to Doctors Without Borders, 16 more people have died of hunger despite a single delive...

Will Turkey Risk Military Confrontation with Russia? - Semih Idiz, ALM

Worried that the Syrian Kurds will gain an autonomous region along its border with Syria, Ankara has declared a PYD/YPG presence west of the Euphrates to be a red line. But what ca...

Russia Is Winning in Syria - Andrew Roth, Washington Post

Under the banner of fighting international terrorism, President Vladimir Putin has reversed the fortunes of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which were rapidly los...

Help Assad's Officers Defect - Mohammed Alaa Ghanem, New York Times

Discontent among Alawites — the minority sect that forms the regime’s core constituency — as well as Druse and other religious minorities is at its highest since 2012, when d...

Syria's Phony Peace Talks - Wall Street Journal

Assad bombs with impunity while Islamic State gains ground....

The Syria Talks: Oslo 2.0? - Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera

On the day the Geneva talks on Syria were due to begin, France announced it intended to hold a new round of Oslo talks on Palestine. The Oslo Process has gone on for almost a quart...

John Kerry's Russia Problem - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

Even as the U.S. punishes President Vladimir Putin's aides and allies, it still pursues Russia's cooperation in the Middle East. The same week Kerry has been urging Russia to help ...

Syria Peace Talks Are a Complete Facade - Richard Spencer, Telegraph

There are two types of peace talks. First there are those, as in 1990s Northern Ireland, which follow a ceasefire, something which indicates that both sides are so exhausted by war...

Life and Death in an ISIS Prison - Mike Giglio & Munzer al-Awad, BuzzFeed

A phone number scratched on a prison wall leads to a meeting with a man who was held prisoner by ISIS. He tells BuzzFeed News about the horrific treatment he endured....

We Are Syria's Moderate Opposition - Asaad Hanna, Guardian

President Assad and Islamic State are two sides of the same coin. Whenever we, the Free Syrian Army, make advances against the regime, Isis steps in...

The Refugee Crisis Has a Main Culprit - The National

With no end in sight to the Syrian civil war, the march of refugees out of that country towards other Arab or European countries has not abated. Every country that has taken refuge...

The New Hegemon in the Middle East - L. Todd Wood, RealClearWorld

There's a new sheriff in town in the Middle East - and it's not the United States of America, who just spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of soldiers in two different wa...

Islamic State and WMD: A Future Nightmare? - John McLaughlin, Ozy

One clue worth pondering comes from U.S. military reports, which show that the IS twice used a chemical agent called sulfur mustard — once against Kurdish forces and another ...

America's Long Relationship with Saudi Money - Mazzetti & Apuzzo, NYT

When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to ...

Russia Is Bombing Syria's Children - Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed News

Moscow claims its airstrikes target ISIS in Syria, but the reality on the ground is that hundreds of children, rebels, aid workers, and civilians have been killed....

Sanctions Against Russia Would Be Pointless - Simon Jenkins, Guardian

Killing one’s enemies abroad is odious, be they in London or Syria. But economic action would only strengthen Putin and hurt the Russian people....

Only Gulf Countries Can Deliver Stable Region - Hassan Hassan, National

If Iran has the power to destabilise the region, only the Gulf states have the power to stabilise it. The concern should remain about what to do about Iran to prevent it from playi...

Did the U.S. Just Help Iran Aid Assad? - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View

The return of the American prisoners, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, is of course good news, and the Obama administration believes the costs of the trade were wo...

Old Myths Perpetuate Poor Analysis of Saudi - Hassan Hassan, National

Broadly speaking, much of the punditry about Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states at large tends to rely on old facts and myths – mostly dating back to the 1990s. Perpetuating old s...

Misery, Fear, and Fighting for ISIS in Raqqa - Marwan Hisham, NY Times

These young men want to be listened to when they speak, and feared. These motives — “respect,” cash and guns — are turning ordinary young people into murder...

Russia's Big Plans and Pitfalls in Syria - Maxim Suchkov, National Interest

Given that there are about 150 groups currently on the ground in the Syrian crisis—and the different amounts of leverage that Moscow, Washington, Riyadh, Doha and Tehran have...

The War Over Syria's War Dead - Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

Assad is routinely accused of murdering 250,000 of his own people. The only problem is that there’s no proof he did....

Obama May Be Doomed to Deal with Putin - David Ignatius, Wash Post

Russia is emerging as an essential diplomatic and security partner for the U.S. in Syria, despite the Obama administration's opposition to Moscow's support for President Bashar al-...

Surprise: Russia Airstrikes Help a U.S. Ally - Yousseff & Harris, Daily Beast

Now, U.S. officials fear such success could create a new alliance between its proxy forces in Syria and the Russian military, which American generals have repeatedly called a poten...

Syria's 'Generation Stateless' Emerges - Fiona Wong, Ramen IR

Syrian children born in exile are facing a real threat of statelessness: a condition once described as “a punishment more primitive than torture.” To be stateless is to...

Syrians Agonized and Starving - New York Times

After haunting pictures and stories of starving civilians showed up on international news sites and social media, food and other desperately needed aid were finally allowed into th...

It's Time for Turkey to Choose a Side - Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

The Islamic State suicide bombing in Istanbul yesterday shows that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should stop worrying about the Kurds and take on the fundamentalists inste...

How Obama Created a Mideast Vacuum - Dennis Ross, Politico Magazine

Few issues have confronted President Barack Obama with tougher dilemmas than Syria. Over the course of the nearly five years of the war within Syria, Obama has faced choices on how...

Was Syria Intervention Worth It for Russia? - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

While Moscow's military involvement in the Syria crisis has led to an increasingly important role for Russia in regional and global politics, critics wonder whether or not the cost...

ISIS on the Decline - Robert Fulford, National Post

In the summer of 2014 a band of terrorists and assassins bounded onto the stage of history and announced plans to conquer the world. Naming themselves the Islamic State, but often ...

Iran Won't Surrender Its Militias in Syria - Hassan Hassan, The National

The presence of Shia militias is important for the regime and for its backer in Tehran. Many of these militias are also key Iranian proxies in Iraq, with recent reports suggesting ...

It's Time to Support Assad - Jay Hallen, National Review

s the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis metastasize, we need a new approach for these unfolding human tragedies. To date, the Obama administration has mostly sat on the sidelines...

Fear and Loathing in Saudi Arabia - Kenneth Pollack, Foreign Policy

Saudi royals are scared about everything from the rise of Iran to the drop in oil prices. And Washington telling them to calm down only makes them angrier....

Is U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Syria Realistic? - M. McFaul, Moscow Times

US leaders must remain realistic about the weak prospects for successful cooperation. Russia's bombing campaign has changed little on the ground, and its pledges to support a polit...

Syria's Never-Ending Exodus - Irish Times

It would seem that gradually we become inured to numbers, immune to them. “Millions”, and “hundreds of thousands” lose their meaning and their ability to sh...

The 5 Pivotal Issues of 2016 - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Prediction now is as perilous as it was back then. Dozens of issues are rushing toward us, headlong, but we’re plunging in and highlighting the five biggest global issues of ...

Redrawing the Map the Best Way to Fight ISIS - Tom Switzer, Sydney MH

The problem boils down to this: Iraq and Syria as we have known them are gone. Iraq is not one people, but rather three peoples: Kurds, (minority) Sunnis, and (majority) Shiites. S...

Saudi-Iran Rift Threatens Syria Diplomacy - Dan De Luce, Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday, as an escalating war of words between the two archrivals threatened to derail a renewed international bid to halt the conf...

How Valuable an Ally Is Iran, Really? - Michael Young, Daily Star

Iran will retain a say over Syria’s and Iraq’s future and cannot be dismissed. However, with parliamentary elections coming in February, the missteps of the Revolutiona...

Turkey's Syrian Tangle - Javier Solana, Project Syndicate

Turkey should reflect on its position. It cannot risk being perceived as a country that jeopardizes basic freedoms, thereby widening the gap with the EU. Two factors will sustain i...

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