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Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Assad Interviewer Finds Syrian Dictator Too 'Delusional' To End War, Work With U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Foreign Affairs magazine may have just given Syrian dictator Bashar Assad his biggest opportunity to promote himself in recent months, but...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Springtime For Assad: Syria Dictator In Spotlight As Potential U.S. Ally Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Syrian President Bashar Assad, unpopular at home, suddenly appears to have many fans in the U.S. Assad, who has killed thousands in h...

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Israel Strike Underscores Security Concerns In Syria Beyond ISIS, Upping Stakes For U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Israeli-linked airstrike in Syria on Sunday is drawing attention to an element of the messy Syrian civil war that the U.S. has tried ...

Assad Hugs Troops In Rare Appearance On Syria's Front Line

Reuters | Posted 01.01.2015 | World

By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited a district on the outskirts of Damascu...

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Danny Postel | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Danny Postel

Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.

War Has Damaged Hundreds Of Heritage Sites In Syria

Reuters | Posted 12.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Satellite imagery indicate that 290 cultural heritage sites in Syria, whose history stretches back to the dawn of civiliz...

Why the Syrian Refugee Crisis is the Greatest Humanitarian Disaster of Our Time

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Negar Mojtahedi

Harsh winter weather is fast approaching in the Middle East. If the member states of the United Nations don't do something soon, the world's failure to deal with the catastrophe that is spilling out of Syria's civil war, could soon reach historic proportions.

Assad Blames U.S. For ISIS In Rare Interview

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2014 | World

PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Syria's conflict will be long and difficult and its army cannot be everywhere at once, President Bashar al-Assad...

CUI BONO? Understanding ISIS.....

James A. Nathan | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
James A. Nathan

Though it is clear that Turkey has tacked to a strong wind, Turkey is painfully aware that the American-led effort to arm Kurds against ISIS will accelerate a redefinition of a hundred-year old regional order defined in the detritus of World War One.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama UN Ambassador: U.S. Intervention Abroad Can Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Obama administration official on Wednesday defended U.S. intervention in the messy Syrian civil war, affirming that the goals of U...

Sophia Jones

Filmmakers Admit To Staging Video Of Brave Syrian Boy Running Through Sniper Fire (UPDATE)

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.14.2014 | World

UPDATE: Nov. 14, 4:50 p.m. -- Norwegian filmmakers have told BBC Trending they are behind the viral video that appeared to show a Syrian boy running t...

The Islamic State: A Break with History

OpedSpace | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
OpedSpace

There is nothing "Islamic" about the Islamic State (IS), and I don't mean that in the patronizing tone used too often by politicians and quasi-intellectuals who are toeing a line of political correctness or trying to garner favor with Middle Eastern moderates.

ISIS Claims To Seize Second Gas Field In Syria

Reuters | Posted 01.02.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters in Syria said on Monday they had taken control of a gas field in the central province of Homs, the ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

U.S-Backed Syrian Rebels' Pleas For Help Likely To Go Unanswered

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Islamic State militants inched closer to seizing control of the Kurdish town of Kobani, the international community heaped shame upon...

The Pause That Refreshes: With the World on the Brink of Chaos, Obama Counts to 10

Mario Almonte | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Mario Almonte

If history ever remembers Barack Obama for anything more than being the first man of color to become U.S. President, it may be for the simple fact that, unlike many of the presidents before him, he knew when to pause.

Turkey's 'Road to Damascus' Moment

Scott Ritter | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Scott Ritter

If there is ever going to be a solution to the problem of the Islamic State that has a hope of preserving the current geo-political structure of Mesopotamia and the Levant, it rests with the survival of Bashar al-Assad's regime and the resurgence of Syria as a viable national player in the region.

Why Some Syrians Are Against Strikes on ISIS

Worldcrunch | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Worldcrunch

U.S.-led airstrikes aimed at ISIS are being met with resistance in Syria. Some ask why it took the death of U.S. journalist James Foley for Washington to intervene.

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.

Obama: 'Contradictory' Syria Policy Helps Assad

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday gave voice to the conundrum at the heart of his Syria policy, acknowledging that the U.S.-led mil...

450 Suspected Militants Detained In Syria Border Crackdown

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

(Adds casualties) BEIRUT, Sept 25 (Reuters) - The Lebanese army said one person was killed and two wounded during a search for suspect...

The 8 Proxy Wars Going On In Syria Right Now

As'ad AbuKhalil | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
As'ad AbuKhalil

The internal dimension of the war in Syria is now probably marginal to the global and regional war raging in the country today.

Mr. Obama, Man Up and Talk to Assad

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

Talking to your enemies is not synonymous with appeasement. In many cases, particularly when the only alternative is war, the move may be the smartest and most pragmatic option available. Yes, even if it doesn't look good.

Obama's American War in Syria Dead Wrong

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

ll in all, Mr. Obama's decision to go to war in Syria is a poorly thought-out one. It would be a disastrous one if he actually chose to proceed with it. Worst of all, like in Iraq, there would be no clear exit strategy.

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.