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The Simmering Pot of Syria Is Boiling

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 03.24.2017 | Home
Dr. Josef Olmert

Six bloody years, and no end end in sight, and in the case of Syria, what may be read as yet another cliche, is simply and so tragically, a very grim ...

The U.S.-Backed Fight In Syria To Retake Raqqa Faces Complex Divisions

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.10.2017 | Home

The U.S.-backed offensive to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the self-described Islamic State has been a long-awaited milestone in the campaign a...

Marines And Army Rangers Land In Syria To Speed Up ISIS Fight

Retuers | Chloe Angyal | Posted 03.09.2017 | Home

A U.S. Marines artillery unit has deployed to Syria in recent days to help local forces speed up efforts to defeat Islamic State at Raqqa and the camp...

Syria Rebels Want Trump To Know They're The Ones Fighting ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 03.03.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Syria’s main anti-government rebel coalition hopes to keep U.S. support by pointing to successful advances against the so-called Isla...

Russian Strike Kills 3 Turkish Soldiers In Syria

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 02.09.2017 | Home

AMMAN/ANKARA, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Russian air strikes accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others during an operation against Islam...

Fuel Truck Blast Kills Dozens In North Syrian Border Town

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 01.07.2017 | Home

A fuel truck exploded in the busy center of a rebel-held town near Syria’s border with Turkey on Saturday, killing dozens of people and wounding doz...

Latest Syria Ceasefire Holds After Initial Clashes

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 12.30.2016 | Home

BEIRUT, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A nationwide ceasefire in Syria, brokered by Russia and Turkey which back opposing sides in the conflict, appeared to hold ...

Turkish Tanks Roll Into Syria, Opening New Line Of Attack

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home

ELBEYLI, Turkey/BEIRUT, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Turkey and its rebel allies opened a new line of attack in northern Syria on Saturday, as Turkish tanks rol...

Making Sense of the Syrian Battlefield

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.25.2016 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

Kurdish and Arab fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces during the Battle of Manbij, July-August 2016 On August 24, 4:00 a.m. local time, Turkish ...

Obama, Putin, A Beheaded Child And Poison Gas

Daniel Williams | Posted 08.08.2016 | Home
Daniel Williams

The beheading of a child and use of poison gas in Syria ought to awaken Obama and Putin to the dangers of sticking with their chosen allies. But it won't happen.

This War Makes Me Ask: Am I Capable of Killing?

Global Voices | Posted 03.16.2017 | Home
Global Voices

At a very early stage I had to rethink the answers to many violent questions: Am I a murderer? Am I capable of killing? Do I want to kill?

The Enemy of My Enemy: Russia and the Kurds Reshape the Syrian Civil War

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 02.20.2017 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

Kurdish YPG Militia in Kobani Syria's Kurds are on a roll. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a loose coalition consisting primarily of the Kurdish ...

The Battle for Aleppo: Syria at a Crossroads

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 02.15.2017 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

Simply put, the so-called Syrian ceasefire is a sham. Contrary to the White House's announcement, it is not a first step towards a negotiated peace in the Syrian Civil War but rather a Russian attempt to forestall any intervention in support of the FSA in Aleppo until Syrian military forces can surround and defeat them.

The Crowded Syrian Battlefield: Is a Turkish Invasion Next?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.22.2017 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

Amidst these multi-pronged, often overlapping and sometimes directly clashing campaigns, there has been mounting evidence that Turkish military forces may be readying a ground offensive into Syria.

Checkmate: Obama's Syrian Disaster

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.10.2016 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

The United States now finds itself in a difficult position in Syria. American supported rebels are coming under direct attack by Russian military forces. If the U.S. challenges Russian planes it risks a potential escalation and a military incident between American and Russian forces.

U.S. Pulls Plug On Syria Rebel Training Effort

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instea...

In Bombing ISIS in Syria, Australia Could End Up Helping Assad

Rodger Shanahan | Posted 08.31.2016 | Home
Rodger Shanahan

According to the defense minister, Australia will somehow be able to bomb ISIS targets in eastern Syria without becoming involved in the broader Syrian conflict.

Turkey and the Kurdish Corridor: Why the Islamic State Survives

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.16.2016 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

The history of Tal Abyad is a metaphor of the Syrian civil war and of the ambivalence in the larger motives of the various actors engaged in the ongoing struggle to expel Islamic State (IS) jihadists from the region.

Sophia Jones

Million In Northern Syria Facing Humanitarian Catastrophe After Fuel Cuts | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.18.2015 | Home

REYHANLI, Turkey -- Northern Syria is on the brink of disaster as widespread fuel cuts threaten mass power outages, water shortages and hospital closu...

Syria: The Way Forward, Without Illusions

James Zogby | Posted 03.12.2015 | Home
James Zogby

It should be clear after four bloody years in Syria that if we are to make any progress moving forward, it is necessary to shed illusions and fantasies that have shaped too much of the discussion about the conflict.

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

Danny Postel | Posted 02.21.2015 | Home
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.

How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might be lucky having been left at the curb.

The U.N is Walking Into a Trap in Syria -- Here's How to Avoid it

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

The new U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, hopes that a ceasefire would serve as a "concrete example" and a model for other frontline areas in the country. But de Mistura is likely walking into a trap.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

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

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

As They Battle ISIS For Kurdish Town, U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Question Support | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.09.2014 | Home

WASHINGTON -- For three weeks, Syrian Kurdish fighters, outgunned and outnumbered, have held off an unrelenting assault from the Islamic State on the ...