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Is There A Seat At Syria's Negotiating Table For Jabhat al-Nusra?

Hector Sharp | Posted 02.15.2017 | Home
Hector Sharp

Negotiating with all sides to armed conflicts has been recognized as a critical aspect of protection of civilians.

Donald Trump Should Announce U.S. Will Stay Out of Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.26.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

The U.S. presidential election mercifully has ended. But global conflict continues. And politicians are still attempting to drag America into another tragic, bloody Middle Eastern conflict.

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

An Ideology Of Impurity: How Internal Divisions Within ISIS May Prove To Be Its Undoing

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
Joseph Braude

Reports that Iraqi Baathists, Iranian elements, and others have played a role in the workings of ISIS do not appear to be in keeping with the principle of ideological purity on which the Islamic State says it is based.

In Russia-U.S. Deal, West Leaves Syrian Islamist Mess

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.15.2016 | Home
Anhvinh Doanvo

With no official documentation publicly available, latest cease-fire negotiated by the US and Russia has been criticized as unusually vague, nontransparent, and weak.

Obama Joins Putin's Pro-Assad Coalition In Syria

Daniel Williams | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home
Daniel Williams

Maybe after five years of awful turmoil, tens of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees and vast destruction of cities, giving into Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad is not the worst option for Obama at this point.

Syria: Good News And Bad

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 08.11.2016 | Home
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

Despite the best efforts of Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime to terrorize the city into submission, some 300,000 Syrians will be spared, for the time-being, from the onset of disease and starvation at the hands of a government still permitted to represent Syria in the United Nations.

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.

Major Syrian Militant Group Nusra Front Announces Split From Al Qaeda

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.28.2016 | Home

BEIRUT, July 28 (Reuters) - The leader of the Syrian Islamist rebel group Nusra Front said on Thursday it was cutting its ties with al Qaeda to deny f...

Declare War On America's Enemies, Not The Rest Of The World

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Congress should approve future military action only when Washington has no alternative course to protect America--its territory, people, or constitutional liberties.

The Fraudulent Case for Military Escalation in Syria

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 06.24.2016 | Home
Jonathan Marshall

As Cambanis admits, the Obama administration has been "funding, training, and arming parts of the opposition" for several years now. And he acknowledges that "Most of the armed opposition has survived only because of foreign intervention -- the exceptions being the most distressing elements: Islamic State and Nusra."

U.S. Support for Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels Undermines Syrian Ceasefire

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.22.2016 | Home
Michael Hughes

The United States needs to do more than wag its finger at Syrian rebel groups for "comingling" with Al Qaeda-affiliated Salafist jihadists or else an already tenuous ceasefire accord between government and opposition forces is destined to collapse.

Turning the Aleppo Ceasefire into Lasting Peace

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The Syrian war is clearly un-winnable. With the Aleppo ceasefire, it is possible the US and Russia are waking up to this fact.

CIA-Backed Rebels at War With DOD-Backed Rebels

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 04.12.2016 | HuffPost Home
Rep. Alan Grayson

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse ...

How Syria Became The Center Of The Jihadist World

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.18.2016 | Home

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. This week, we speak with analyst and author Char...

Russia Isn't Really Withdrawing From Syria

Alastair Crooke | Posted 03.18.2017 | Home
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Putin's surprise drawdown announcement seems intended to test whether it's possible for America and Russia to trust one another and work together in Syria, and to find a path to an eventual solution for the war-torn country. A lot rides on this; it's not just about Syria. It will shape the global order, one way or another.

Spain Intercepts 20,000 Uniforms Destined For ISIS, Nusra Front

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.04.2016 | Home

Spain intercepted a massive shipment of military equipment destined for the Islamic State and Nusra Front terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, the coun...

The Terror Group That Could Ruin Syria's Ceasefire Isn't ISIS

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.07.2017 | Home

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. This week, we speak with Syria expert Joshua Lan...

The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning

Alastair Crooke | Posted 02.08.2017 | Home
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Negotiations over the future of Syria are not taking place in Geneva. They're taking place on the battlefields of Idlib and Aleppo. And it's not the opposition that's winning: it's the Assad regime, backed by Russia. This victory will have grave consequences for the U.S. and Europe-led security infrastructure in the Middle East and beyond.

The Rise of Negotiation Among Enemies in Syria

Sultan Barakat | Posted 01.20.2017 | Home
Sultan Barakat

Despite the harsh rhetoric regarding violent military solutions to the war in Syria, a space to negotiate with the enemy always exists.

Dump New Ottomans from NATO: Shoot Down of Russian Plane Shows Turkey to be Dangerous Ally

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.18.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

The justification for Turkey's membership in NATO and America's defense guarantee for Ankara long ago passed. Turkey's irresponsible action proves that it is no U.S. ally.

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

4 Questions That Need to Be Answered Now That Russia Is Bombing in Syria

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.02.2016 | Home
Daniel R. DePetris

No world leader sends at least 32 combat aircraft, a couple dozen helicopters, and up to 2,000 advisers into a foreign land in the middle of a civil war if they don't mean business.

An Explainer on Putin's Game of Chess in Syria

Michael Kay | Posted 09.28.2016 | Home
Michael Kay

There appears to be a gaping flaw in Russia's agenda if, indeed, it is based on promoting the safety and security of the Syrian people. Putin's posturing on his Western flank over the last two years might reveal a renewed desire to protect regional strategic assets.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2016 | Home
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.