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The Iran Deal Is Hurting the ISIS Fight

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Last week, the Pentagon triumphantly announced that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had lost over a quarter of its Iraqi territory. But whatever happens in Iraq, the United States is not winning the ISIS fight.

Sheldon Adelson or James Baker? Who Should Drive GOP Foreign Policy?

David Paul | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Perhaps nothing epitomizes the state of affairs in the Republican Party today more than the estrangement of James Baker from the Republican establishment. Nothing because, for what seems like decades, James Baker was the Republican establishment.

Assad Blames Turkey For Regime Setback As His Forces Pound Rebel-Held City

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT, April 17 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Turkish support was the main factor that helped insurgents to seize the northwe...

Hidden Minorities, Hidden Tragedies: A Beautiful Syrian World in Trouble

Hind Kabawat | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Hind Kabawat

The crisis facing the Assyrians today is a manifestation of a profound problem in Syria. They are among a moderate Syrian Opposition, which stands against the brutal Assad regime in Damascus.

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad Says Media Is Responsible For 'Malicious Propaganda'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.30.2015 | Media

Earlier this year, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons found "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas had been used i...

Assad: ISIS Gaining Recruits Since U.S.-Led Air Strikes Began

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of t...

Follies of Denial: Jihad and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Western leaders who deny the religious foundation of the jihadist group Islamic State are blind to its raison d'être, which is firmly grounded in Islamic texts and the concept of offensive jihad. Furthermore, models for militias can be found in historic and contemporary jihads.

Turkish PM: Negotiating With Assad Like Shaking Hands With Hitler

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2015 | World

ISTANBUL, March 17 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday negotiating with President Bashar al-Assad would be like shaki...

John Kerry Says That The U.S. Will Have To Negotiate With Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

* Kerry: U.S. wants to pressure Assad into talks * U.S. and other countries exploring options * War in Syria enters fift...

Sophia Jones

With World's Attention Turned To ISIS, The Syrian Regime Ramps Up Bombings On Civilians

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.14.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- In Syria’s second city of Aleppo, hell hovers in the sky. It often comes with little warning -- just the whooshing of helicopter bla...

Sophia Jones

All It Takes To Cross From Turkey To ISIS-Held Syria Is $25

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 02.27.2015 | World

KARKEMISH, Turkey -- If the three Brooklyn men arrested Wednesday on charges of aiding and plotting to join the Islamic State had boarded flights to T...

Syria's Bashar Al-Assad Meets With French Lawmakers

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2015 | World

(Adds opposition member released) DAMASCUS, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met on Wednesday with French parliamen...

Putin, Al-Sisi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Holocaust Remembrance

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In another of his pleasant encounters with world leaders, Russian president Vladimir Putin went to Egypt on February 8, staying until February 10.

Lead Mr. Obama, Please Lead

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

If Mr. Obama can become the force for mobilizing coalition responses by leading both from the front and, where necessary, from behind with real rather than vague strategies and promises, IS is doomed. If not, this will be as a former secretary of defense famously mused "a long, hard slog."

UN Envoy: Assad Must Be Part Of The Solution For Ending Syria's Crisis

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2015 | World

VIENNA, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The U.N. envoy for Syria said on Friday that President Bashar al-Assad must be part of the solution for easing violence i...

Can a Nation Be Like an Overly Protective Parent?

Francis Levy | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

Some children as well as grownups, who have fragile dispositions, merely crumble when the going gets tough. But the Lebanon/Syria paradigm that Taleb and Treverton point to is instructive both in terms of nation and personality building.

Mr. Putin Will Not Change Course in Ukraine or Syria

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the fractured and evolving global political landscape, both sides, and neither side, will achieve all of its objectives. Swimming against the tide has its own appeal at a time when virtually everything about the world order seems to be up for grabs.

The Familiar Yet 'Forgotten' Tragedy of Hama

Maryam Saleh | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Maryam Saleh

On February 2, 1982, Syrian troops -- acting under the orders of then-President Hafez al-Assad and led by his brother, Rifaat al-Assad -- besieged the city of Hama in an effort to quell an anti-government uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 02.21.2015 | 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 02.21.2015 | World

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