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Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.

Syria to Be Referred to ICC? Not a Chance

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.06.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the United Nations Security Council has been underperforming or underachieving on the Syria file would be a colossal understatement. The Syrian rebellion against Bashar al-Assad is now in its fourth year -- the four deadliest years in Syria's modern history.

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

In Syria, Death Is Falling From the Sky

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Filippouli

The humanitarian catastrophe in Syria is one of the greatest of recent decades, but in a world which gets so consumed with constant breaking news and the bombardment of all sorts of information, the electrifying noise of barrel bombs and the real cry for help are not reaching our ears.

A Tale of Ukraine, Crimea Crisis and Glenn Greenwald

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

It's a truly outlandish spectacle to see leading left figures go through their ideological contortions, which are becoming more and more bizarre by the day.

Ukraine Crisis Bolstering Iran-Russia-China Axis

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The tensions between Russia and the West have further ratcheted up this week since the Crimean Peninsula's local government called for a referendum to secede from Ukraine. The current standoff between the West and Moscow concerning Ukraine might be viewed as the gravest instance of tension in the post-Cold War era.

Lawmakers Bash Obama Administration's 'Delusional' Syria Policy

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers lashed out at the Obama administration's handling of Syria's civi...

U.S. Officials: Qaeda Using Syria As Launchpad Against West

The New York Times | Posted 03.26.2014 | World

Dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including some midlevel planners, have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months in what American intelli...

Sophia Jones

Syrian Rebel Commander: Why Joining Extremists Was My Last Resort

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.25.2014 | World

ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Haj Faraj is fed up. The 36-year-old Syrian rebel commander, who says he leads a small brigade of 50 fighters just over the border,...

U.S. Suspending Diplomatic Relations With Syria

AP | By LARA JAKES | Posted 03.18.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration ordered the Syrian government on Tuesday to suspend its diplomatic and consular missions in the United St...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syria's Fourth Year Of War Will Look A Lot Like Its Third

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.15.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- As the Syrian civil war marks its third anniversary on Saturday, observers of the conflict say the fourth year of war will likely bring more...

Syria -- Some Thoughts Three Years Later

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 03.14.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Both parties in Syria are having the same vision, though diametrically opposed to each other. They want to survive as communities, but they act as if their particular survival cannot happen by having a co-existence of equals.

Alleged Victim Qusai Zakarya: The Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria Was Like Judgment Day

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.11.2014 | World

On August 21, 2013 at around 4:45am, Qusai Zakarya heard terrifying alarms coming from the Syrian capital Damascus. "It was the kind of noise you...

Max J. Rosenthal

'Everyone Is Running And Falling On The Ground, Dying And Suffocating'

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- The rockets came in the early morning, shattering both the peace and the buildings as the residents of Moadamiyeh were barely standing up fr...

WATCH: LA Gang Bangers Claim To Be Fighting In Syrian War

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.04.2014 | World

According to a recently-surfaced video, two self-proclaimed gang members from Los Angeles appear to have relocated to Syria to fight on behalf of Syri...

Sophia Jones

Looters Are Making It Even Harder To Deliver Aid To Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 02.25.2014 | World

REYHANLI, Turkey -- Three years ago, Abu Ameen’s fleet of trucks regularly crossed the border into Syria with ease, carrying everything from vegetab...

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

The Argument Against U.S. Intervention in Syria... And Why It's Wrong

Wendy Pearlman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Wendy Pearlman

We must pursue all political avenues for saving lives. Yet this investment in diplomacy should not eliminate more significant kinds of intervention. Without greater pressure, the Syrian regime is unlikely to consent to a transitional government, or even decelerate its killing of its own people.

Meet the Women Rebuilding Syria in the Midst of War

Hind Kabawat | Posted 04.16.2014 | World
Hind Kabawat

I spent a few days visiting with the female refugees, mothers and grandmothers who were tired and overwhelmed by the same tragedy that has befallen almost 10 million Syrians.

Spy Chief Calls Syria An 'Apocalyptic Disaster'

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence chief said on Tuesday the war in Syria had created an "...

Hundreds Leave Besieged City As Gunmen Spray Bullets

AP | BARBARA SURK and DIAA HADID | Posted 02.09.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of civilians were evacuated Sunday from the besieged Syrian city of Homs, braving gunmen spraying bullets and lobbing mortar ...

Obama Administration Disputes Republicans

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday defended its policy on Syria and disputed media r...

Hamas and Hezbollah Agree to Disagree on Syria

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Even as Hamas gradually restores its relationship with Iran and Hezbollah, some of its officials still wave the Free Syrian Army (FSA) flag.

Obama's Fecklessness Perpetuates Syrian Bloodshed

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Peter S. Goodman

Obama's indecision and political inclinations reinforced the status quo inside Syria -- terror, bloodshed and the prospect of endless war. If you're Assad and you are willing to employ any means to cling to power, Obama has effectively demonstrated that you can carry on while ignoring the rhetorical threats of outside intervention.

Top U.S. Intelligence Official Says Syrian Al-Qaida Group Aspires To Attack U.S.

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. intelligence official says a Syrian militant group tied to al-Qaida, the al-Nusra Front, aspires to attack the United...