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$6-$35 Billions Annually to Assad: Stronger Iran, Mightier Assad?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In the ongoing 4-year-long civil war, the Islamic Republic- one of the major bank-rollers for the Syrian government- has approximately spent between $6 and $35 billion a year in order to keep its staunchest regional ally, Bashar Al Assad in power.

Syrian Rebels Launch Major Attack In Area Vital To Assad

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.28.2015 | World

BEIRUT, July 28 (Reuters) - Insurgents have launched a major offensive on government-held areas in northwestern Syria in a bid to advance towards a c...

Syria's Assad Gives First Public Address In A Year

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.27.2015 | World

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The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year.

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

Charles Lister | Posted 05.31.2015 | 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.

Syrians Try To Build Case Against Assad In Chlorine Attacks

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 05.23.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northe...

Reports of Assad's (Pending) Demise May be Greatly Exaggerated

Lionel Beehner | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Lionel Beehner

The end is near in Syria -- that is the optimistic headline emerging from Western news sources like the Guardian and Washington Post. While this is an encouraging sign, the trouble is we've seen this movie before.

Syria Chlorine Gas

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.21.2015 | World
Jeff Danziger

Syria Chlorine Gas

Normalization and a De-facto Alliance Between Washington and Tehran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The United States understands the language of both immediate and strategic interests, and the Arab leaderships must speak this language fluently in light of the developments, and not with an archaic, rigid language.

How Will Syria's Assad Be Held Accountable For Crimes Against Humanity?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.31.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with David Crane, a Syracuse Uni...

Decisive Storm Responds to Iranian Encroachment on the Borders of Saudi Arabia

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Are the military strikes by Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia, with the participation of Egypt and Pakistan, part of a strategy to halt Iranian encroachment in the Arab countries, or is it just a Yemeni episode imposed by necessity?

Syria's Bashar Assad Says 'Open' To Dialogue With U.S.

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 05.27.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected allegations that his military used barrel bombs or chlorine gas against opposition-held are...

Syrian Jihad

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Syrian Jihad

ISIS: A Priority in the Region at the Expense of Palestine and Other Issues

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The anticipated American-Iranian deal has an implicit Palestinian/Israeli dimension that could force Tehran to change its political discourse regarding Palestine and Israel, and alter the Iranian regional policy based on compensation -- at least verbally -- for the Arab failures on Palestine.

In the Middle East, Events Are Outpacing U.S. Policy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Five factors guarantee even rougher times ahead for the United States in the Middle East. Individually, they would be only somewhat disruptive; collectively, they are likely to cause major problems for years to come.

Syria's Assad Dismisses John Kerry's Remarks On Negotiations

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2015 | World

BEIRUT, March 16 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed on Monday remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Assad shou...

Differences Among Iraqis Over Iran's Role in the War on ISIS

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, there is no evidence showing that Arab leaders or Sunni leaders in Arab countries, Turkey, and Pakistan have a calculated long-term strategy. The political and security strategy against the US Iranian deal and to counter Iran's regional expansion is absent both as far as the near and long terms are concerned.

Endless U.S. Support for Dictators Powers Islamic State

Steve Koppman | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Steve Koppman

What if the real problem in the Middle East isn't a few thousand crazy guys running around in the desert chopping off heads? What if the real problem is the established order that inspired them to organize, the very order the U.S. continually helps perpetuate?

Obama seeks Deal with Iran, Ignores Tehran's Regional Ambitions

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Growing concerns are accompanied by scattered coordination to the rhythm of nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran in the P5+1 framework, with a crucial deadline set to arrive on March 24.

US and Gulf Confusion in Yemen and Iraq

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

How did a panel of experts with a specific mission manage to understand the equations and developments in Yemen, while Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia were not able to ascertain and prepare for what was obvious in Yemen?

Possible Outcomes of Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

What will happen following the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries, both in the event of success and in the event of failure? Failure will not lead to a war because Washington's strategy does not involve that.

Assad Says Syria Gets Information On Airstrikes Against ISIS

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2015 | World

* Assad says third parties convey messages on U.S.-led air strikes * Messages conveyed by Iraq, other states, Assad tells BBC ...

The International Anti-ISIS Coalition Needs to Be Repaired

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is now clear that air strikes alone will not bring about the full defeat of ISIS, and that there is no alternative to a clearer and broader political and military strategy in the air and on the ground.

The Relationship With Saudi Arabia Is the Starting Point for U.S. Long-term Interests

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

There are many reasons behind the scramble by the United States, both at the level of the executive branch and the legislative branch, to affirm to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz that Washington is determined to maintain and develop the historical relationship between the two countries.

Not Everything Happening in the Middle East Is Bad

Abdullah Gül | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Abdullah Gül

The removal from Syria of the Assad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons shows that joint efforts can yield positive results. Likewise, by agreeing to extend the international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, the parties to the talks have kept alive the promise of a final deal, which would be a great victory for multilateral diplomacy.