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The New Syrian Ceasefire is a Strategic Defeat for the United States

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Ministeer Sergey Lavrov announcing a new Syrian cease fire, Geneva, September 9, 2016 Phote court...

Is al-Qaeda Poised to Declare Its First Emirate in the Middle East?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

On May 7, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda, released an audio recording in which he announced that he had given his permission for the al-Qaeda affiliated Syrian jihadist group, al-Nusra Front, to create "a new emirate" in Syria.

Syria: Why the Ceasefire is Unravelling

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.17.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Syrian Army forces advancing on Nubl north of Aleppo, February 26, 2016 Syria: Why the Ceasefire is Unraveling The ceasefire in Syria seems on the ...

Stupid Is as Stupid Votes: The U.S.-Russia Ceasefire and Our War on Errorism

Sam Corey | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Sam Corey

Simply put, terrorism is an ideology and a tactic. Declaring War on Terrorism is as silly as proclaiming war on kamikazes during World War II.

'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria Lets Russia Keep Bombing

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.12.2016 | World

MUNICH, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meantime to...

FBI Investigating California Massacre As 'Act Of Terrorism'

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.04.2015 | Crime

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif./WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating the fatal shooting of 14 people in California by a married couple as an ...

Bring Russia, Syria and Iran to the Table to Defeat ISIS

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.16.2016 | World
Jon Soltz

Not long after, when America entered the war, we were formally collaborating with Josef Stalin -- a man who had slaughtered one million of his own countrymen during the Great Purge of 1937-38. The lesson is that, when faced with an existential threat, you bring all parties to the table. Even bad people if you have to. Not just to coordinate the fight, but to coordinate post-war planning with all the players.

Checkmate: Obama's Syrian Disaster

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.10.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The United States now finds itself in a difficult position in Syria. American supported rebels are coming under direct attack by Russian military forces. If the U.S. challenges Russian planes it risks a potential escalation and a military incident between American and Russian forces.

The U.S. and Russia, Syria and Ukraine: Neo-Cons vs. Liberal Interventionists

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

United States policy in Syria insists that President Bashar al-Assad must go. But if the U.S. succeeds and the Assad government is scattered to the wind it raises the question: Who will defend the ethnic and religious minorities in Syria from the Islamic State, the al-Nusra Front, and all the other heavily armed homicidal maniacs that already control nearly half the country?

Syria: Obama's Bay of Pigs?

Barry Lando | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Barry Lando

Rebel forces, secretly armed and trained by the CIA, attempt to overthrow a brutal dictator despised and vilified by Washington. Hit by devastating airstrikes, the rebels put out a frantic call for American help. Sounds like the latest reports from Syria. It also sounds like a tragic drama that played out more than half a century ago, at Cuba's Bay of Pigs.

$500 Million Down the Drain in Syria, and McCain Keeps Flailing

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Quite literally, "2015 John McCain" and "2012 John McCain" have opposing views of the Syrian rebels. I hope the media remember this when Sen. McCain gets up on his soapbox in the coming days. Sen. McCain isn't prescient. He consistently contradicts his own past statements and beliefs, depending on what's happening at any particular time.

An Internal Struggle: Al Qaeda's Syrian Affiliate Is Grappling With Its Identity

Charles Lister | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Charles Lister

In taking control of Ariha, the largely Islamist Jaish al-Fateh coalition and its allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions have successfully imposed a near-total province-wide strategic defeat upon the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Blast In Syria Kills Top Al Qaeda Commander Of Nusra Front: Reports

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2015 | World

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, March 5 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its...

Why Secularism Is Compatible with the Quran and Sunnah -- And an 'Islamic State' Is Not

Akbar Ganji | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

It must be emphasized that true secularism is not opposed to religion, and a secular democratic state will not only eliminate ethnic and religious discrimination, such as pitting Shiites against Sunnis, but will also create the conditions for the religious people to practice their beliefs free of the government. Islam and secularism are completely compatible. In fact, a true "Islamic state" is not only unjustified, but also impossible to establish.

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

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.15.2014 | 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.

Joshua Hersh

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

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.

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, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

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.