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Syria Claims It Destroyed Jets Seized By ISIS

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

(Reuters) - Syria's air force has destroyed two fighter jets operated by Islamic State militants in the north of the country, Information Minister Omr...

Embracing Assad Is a Better Strategy for the U.S. Than Supporting the Least Bad Jihadis

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Graham E. Fuller

We have little to lose and much to gain in such a reverse in policy vis-à-vis Assad. If we persist on overthrowing him by force, we will perpetuate the disastrous status quo-- an anti-jihadi campaign that the administration has already acknowledged may be morphing into a new open-ended war for years to come -- all the while generating tens of thousands of new jihadis fighting new jihads that we cannot bomb out of existence.

The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration's foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting "enemies."

8 Reasons Why Congress Should Vote No On Training And Funding Syrian Rebels

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

Today Congress will vote on the McKeon Amendment, a piece of legislation most Americans haven't heard of. But the consequences of the vote today are grave: funding Syrian "rebels" will precipitate a new and wider war in the Middle East.

A No-Fly Zone Would Hurt Both Assad and ISIS

Veton Surroi | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Veton Surroi

The Free Syrian Army, caught between the al-Assad air forces and the Islamic State group's territorial expansion, will benefit directly from an air campaign that is simultaneously against ISIS but does not allow any other air military activity.

Assad Declares Amnesty For Prisoners

AP | ALBERT AJI and BARBARA SURK | Posted 08.09.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad declared a general amnesty Monday for prisoners in the country, state media reported, less than...

Assad Thinks He'll Win The War By The End Of The Year

Reuters | Posted 06.07.2014 | World

MOSCOW, April 7 (Reuters) - A former Russian prime minister who recently met Bashar al-Assad said the Syrian president told him that much of the fi...

Obama and Syria: Damned If He Does, Damned If He Doesn't

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The president and his foreign policy team of advisers must now decide just what is the United States' foreign policy in Syria and throughout the Middle East: fostering the status quo and state sovereignty or regime changes based on OUR concepts of democracy?

War Weary Public Rejects Attacking Syria

Erik Ose | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Erik Ose

To those who would slam Obama for bowing to public pressure on Syria, it's worth remembering that when George W. Bush was in the White House, public opinion didn't count for squat.

REPORT: Assad May Not Have Authorized Chemical Attack

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2013 | World

BERLIN, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus without the personal permission o...

GRAPHIC VIDEO: CNN Obtains Clips Showing Aftermath Of Syria Chemical Weapons Attacks

CNN | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

(CNN) -- Men sprawled on a tile floor, shirtless and convulsing. Children, too, seemingly unable to control their shaking and flailing. Panic and scre...

Procrastinating Obama Is Rudderless on Syria

William J. Furney | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
William J. Furney

The civilized world cannot stand by while civilians are gassed; that's a given. But beyond any immediate, temporary retaliation, we all must be concerned with a settlement to a war that threatens to drag on for years more and further decimate Syria and its people.

Rethinking Syria: An Open Letter to President Obama

Dr. Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D. | Posted 11.01.2013 | World
Dr. Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D.

A military strike on Assad could be disastrous and though we understand the dangers associated with inaction, expanding a civil war into an all-out war in the region seems too risky a cost.

An Open Letter on Syria to Western Narcissists

Sean Lee | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Sean Lee

Please, don't let the conflict in Syria be about opposing America. Let it be about Syria, and what might actually help Syrians -- you know, the actually existing people who are dying by the tens of thousands in this brutal war. But if you can't do that, then do me a favor, and please shut up.

The Syrian Reprisal

Heather Roff | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Heather Roff

That the Syrian regime used chemical weapons does not necessarily entail that the U.S. becomes the international judge, jury and executive to dole out punishments. Indeed, reprisals are subject to strict criteria.

Shell Shocked and Rouged: Syria Is Not a Disposable Bride

Talal Alyan | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Talal Alyan

Syria is not a disposable bride; it is not a prop to be married to larger ideological struggle. It is not a political mistress with whom one can vacation to these miserable battlefields for liberation and make selective observations.

Miley Cyrus and Syria Are Drawing Public Attention Away From My Birthday

Steve Kenning | Posted 10.28.2013 | Comedy
Steve Kenning

It is literally beyond me to understand, with all this talk of "Miley Cyrus' ass" and "Are we turning a blind eye to massive human rights violations in Syria?' how there hasn't been even one mention of how you're planning to help me celebrate my birthday.

Obama's Reluctance on Syria: 'A Grave Concern'

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It seems almost surreal that Obama described the Syrian armed forces' alleged use of chemical weapons as a matter of "grave concern." I say "surreal" because the U.S. administration makes it seem as though it is the weapon of murder, rather than the act of murder itself, which matters.

The Syrian Revolution Is Not Dead

Reem Salahi | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Reem Salahi

The Syrian Revolution is not dead. It's alive and kicking but very different from the revolution of March 2011. It lives in the every breath, action, thought, in the every atom of the Syrians here. It is not a glorious revolution nor one that should be romanticized.

How Can Lebanon Survive the Syria Crisis?

Georges Pierre Sassine | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Georges Pierre Sassine

The current "wait and see" policy until a Syria resolution is reached will only exacerbate Lebanon's fragile position. This is why it is urgent that Lebanese, leaders and citizens, actively think of ways to shield Lebanon from the Syrian crisis.

Finding Hope in Syria

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Joyce S. Dubensky

Among the privileges of my work is to know Tanenbaum's Peacemakers in Action. They are a group of rugged individuals, driven by faith, who seek peace ...

Assad: I Won't Go

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 07.18.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a newspaper interview Saturday he won't step down before elections and that the United States ha...

Report: Assad Makes Rare Public Appearance

AP | JAMAL HALABY | Posted 07.01.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan — Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare public appearance at a Damascus power station on Wednesday, while two bombs exploded n...

Assad: Troops Will Wipe Out 'Forces Of Darkness'

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 05.22.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed Friday to avenge the death of a senior pro-government cleric who was killed along with dozens of pe...

Kerry: The Time Has Passed For Assad To Leave Power

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

PARIS -- The United States is looking for more tangible ways to support Syria's rebels and bolster a fledgling political movement that is struggling t...