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Syria Civil War

GRAPHIC: Syrian Extremists Execute Regime Supporters

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.16.2013 | World

A video distributed Thursday by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights shows jihadists in the east of the country executing supporters of the regime ...

The Widening Gyre in Syria

Amir Madani | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Amir Madani

The war in Syria is part of a broader geopolitical trend. Beyond the internal partie, regional and global players with different shades of policy and self-interest make this more than a civil war; it has become an increasingly widening world war, if still only by proxy.

The Hard Realities of Syria

James P. Farwell | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
James P. Farwell

Politics is often thought of as a game of chess where pieces can be moved around to execute winning strategies. Applying that logic to the Syrian conflict is dangerous and misleading.

Analysis: Savagery Thwarts Any Hope Of Syrian Reconciliation

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2013 | World

By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, May 14 (Reuters) - Syrian soldiers slowly stab a man to death, puncturing his back dozens of times. A rebel c...

Assad's Family: The Unrecognized Nuances and the Politics

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Not a politician by nature, the current president of Syria never aspired to be involved in politics. His brother Bassel Al-Assad however, was being groomed to become his father's successor.

Syrian Rebels Release UN Peacekeepers

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 07.12.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian rebels on Sunday released four Filipino U.N. peacekeepers they abducted last week in a dramatic incident that prompted ...

9 Detained In Car Bombings In Turkish Border Town

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 07.12.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's prime minister vowed Sunday his country won't be drawn into Syria's civil war, despite twin car bombings the governmen...

Witness to Tragedy: What I Saw on the Syrian Border

Kristin Wright | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Kristin Wright

Everyone I visit talks about freedom, a future in Syria beyond this horror. There is so much suffering, but in the suffering there is a unity that catches me by surprise.

Presidents Going to War

Steven J. Simmons | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Steven J. Simmons

In my baby boomer lifetime, I have watched well intentioned presidents and their advisors repeatedly lead the country into wars that kill and maim our young people, drain our economic resources, do not advance our national security, and in retrospect should never have been fought.

Military Intervention in Syria? -- American People Show Greater Wisdom Than Washington

Charles Knight | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Charles Knight

When strong majorities hold opinions opposing military intervention in Syria there is something other than isolationism going on.

Israel To Assad: Airstrikes Did Not Aim To Help Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 07.05.2013 | World

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, May 6 (Reuters) - Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that its recent air ...

U.N. Investigator: Strong Suspicions That Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Gas

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2013 | World

GENEVA, May 5 (Reuters) - U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria's civil war and medical staff indicating th...

Why Did Israel Bomb Syria? A Look At Reasons For Airstrikes

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.05.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- A look at the reasons for and possible implications of the escalation of Israel's involvement in Syria's civil war. WHY NOW?...

Syrian Rebels Enter Northern Air Base

AP | Posted 07.05.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Rebels occupied Sunday parts of a military air base in northern Syria after days of fighting with government troops who have been defen...

Dave Jamieson

McCain Calls For 'Game-Changing' Aid To Syrian Rebels | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the recent Israeli strikes in Syria will "put more pressure" on the Obama administration to ...

Israel Strikes Syria In Sharp Escalation

AP | KARIN LAUB and JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 07.05.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Israel rushed to beef up its rocket defenses on its northern border Sunday to shield against possible retaliation after carrying out tw...

Christina Wilkie

Syrian Rebels Work Washington Channels | Christina Wilkie | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A large map of Syria dotted with pink and yellow sticky notes dominates one wall of the Syrian Support Group's Washington headquarters, ...

Obama Doesn't Foresee Ground Troops In Syria

AP | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- President Barack Obama says he doesn't foresee sending U.S. ground troops into Syria. Obama was asked at a news conference in...

Syrian Troops Push Into Center Of Homs

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 07.02.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- Syrian government troops pushed Thursday into the central districts of the city of Homs in an effort to oust rebels from the country's third...

Syria's Opposition Hopes To Win The War By Selling Oil

Time | Vivienne Walt | Posted 05.02.2013 | World

Given the many resolutions on Syria that have hit a brick wall at the U.N. Security Council, and the endless wrangling among Western leaders over how ...

Time to Act in Syria

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Sen. Bob Casey

Absent constructive engagement by the U.S., I am very concerned that the killing in Syria will continue and extremists will play an increasingly influential role in determining that country's future, resulting in very negative implications for the region.

Report: Assad Makes Rare Public Appearance

AP | JAMAL HALABY | Posted 07.01.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan — Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare public appearance at a Damascus power station on Wednesday, while two bombs exploded n...

Russia: Plane 'Threatened' Over Syria

AP | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- Russia's transportation ministry says a Russian civilian airliner came under threat from fighting in Syria while flying over the country, bu...

Pattern Seen In Alleged Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- The instances in which chemical weapons are alleged to have been used in Syria were purportedly small in scale: nothing along the lines of S...

The Syria Conundrum

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Joseph Blady, M.D.

If it is critical for us to secure chemical stockpiles, why now and not before? Wasn't the danger of extremists getting their hands on the weapons just as acute before the Syrian government's apparent use of them?