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US Will Back the 'Appropriately Vetted' in Syria. Huh?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

The White House formally submitted its $500 million request to Congress on June 26. The money would go to train and equip "appropriately vetted" members of the Syrian opposition. That's a lot different from "moderate rebel forces," and it is yet another indication that we simply do not know who the "moderates" are in Syria.

Not Just Iraq: The Islamic State Is Also on the March in Syria

Charles Lister | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Charles Lister

After approximately a year of extremely minimal confrontation with the Syrian government, the Islamic State is now also in the midst of a major offensive against Syrian Arab Army (SAA) facilities in northeastern Syria.

The 'Real' Jabhat al-Nusra Appears to Be Emerging

Charles Lister | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Charles Lister

For the past two years, Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra has, to all intents and purposes, adopted a surprisingly pragmatic strategy in Syria, focused on maintaining at least tacitly cooperative relationships with opposition actors of all stripes.

Video Of First American Suicide Bomber In Syria Emerges

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 09.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civ...

Top U.S. Intelligence Official Says Syrian Al-Qaida Group Aspires To Attack U.S.

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. intelligence official says a Syrian militant group tied to al-Qaida, the al-Nusra Front, aspires to attack the United...

Joshua Hersh

The Only Part Of Syria's Rebellion The U.S. Won't Work With Is Quickly Becoming Its Champion

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- The past week of clashes between a segment of Syria's rebellion and a gang of jihadist militants has benefited the only rebel faction there ...

Leader Of Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels Killed In Syria, State TV Says

AP | Posted 12.25.2013 | World

BEIRUT — BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state-run TV claims the leader of the powerful al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra has been killed. Friday's one-li...

Islamism: Syria's Growing Cancer

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

With geopolitical, sectarian and civil divisions honing in on Syria, there are currently three possible outcomes: a victory for the regime, a victory for the overwhelmingly Islamist opposition or an endless war leading to the disintegration of Syria as we know it. None is preferable.

Extremist Syrian Rebel Groups Formally Reject Western-Backed Opposition

AP | By ZEINA KARAM | Posted 11.25.2013 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly a dozen of Syria's powerful rebel factions, including one linked to al-Qaida, formally broke with the main opposition group in ...

Report: Extremists Shoot Dead Women, Children And Elderly Men In Syrian Village

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 12 (Reuters) - The death toll from an alleged massacre in an Alawite village in central Syria has risen to 22, including women, childre...

Does the 'Red Line' Apply to Syrian Rebels, Too?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Chris Ernesto

In recent months, fractured Syrian opposition offered little resistance to Assad's forces. Strategically, there would be no upside to Assad using nerve gas at a time when conventional weapons were sufficient in putting down the opposition.

Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels Vow Revenge For Chemical Attacks

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

DUBAI, Aug 25 (Reuters) - An al Qaeda-affiliated rebel commander in Syria has pledged to target communities of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Alaw...

62 Rebels Killed In Clashes With Syrian Army

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Sixty-two rebel fighters were killed in a Syrian army ambush at dawn on Wednesday near the town of Adra, east of Damascus,...

How Arming Syrian Rebels Will Backfire (See Libya, Afghanistan)

Michael Shank | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn't made the U.S. more friends; it has made the U.S. more enemies. That is why only a diplomatic solution can stop the bloodshed.

The Perils of Arming Syria's 'Freedom Fighters'

Michael Hughes | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Michael Hughes

What seems to be lacking the most is an explicit political objective achievable in a time period and at a cost that is domestically palatable. Injecting countless weapons into this imbroglio will not alter the underlying political dynamics and may serve to prolong it.

Will the U.S. Violate Its Own Laws by Arming Rebels in Syria?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Chris Ernesto

As the Obama administration contemplates its next moves in Syria, a decision that is now more pressing with Israel twice bombing Syria in the past week, U.S. credibility hangs in the balance.

In Syria, America's National Interests Do Not Coincide With Israel's

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 07.06.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

There is no compelling national interest that requires American intervention in Syria's civil war. In fact, such an intervention would be a strategic error.

The Cost of Inaction in Syria

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

If the White House cynically chooses to remain on the sideline and watch the death toll grow, it should at least remove the most dangerous weapons from the equation.

Al Qaeda's Comeback In Syria

Reuters | Posted 02.18.2013 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Having seen its star wane in Iraq, al Qaeda has staged a comeback in neighbouring Syr...

Should the U.S. Secure Syria's Chemical Weapons?

Jesse Aizenstat | Posted 02.13.2013 | World
Jesse Aizenstat

Given the historical nature of when states tend to use chemical weapons, it would seem unlikely President Assad would use them now. But problems still exist.

Jihadists Claims Responsibility For Syria Attacks

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 09.03.2012 | World

BEIRUT — An al-Qaida-inspired group claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks across Syria, the latest evidence that extremists are exploitin...

Militants Claim Deadly Bombings In Online Video

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 07.12.2012 | World

BEIRUT — A video posted online in the name of a shadowy militant group late Friday claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings in the Syria...