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Syria Rebels

Syrian Rebels Fear Government Assault On Besieged, Starving Daraya

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 05.17.2016 | World

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebel fighters and officials in a besieged Syrian town on the outskirts of Damascus believe government forces are preparing a...

U.S. Says Russia Agrees To Extend Syria Truce To Embattled Aleppo

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.04.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday it had agreed with Russia to extend a cessation of hostilities agreement to include Aleppo ...

Syrian Militias Armed By CIA Are Fighting Syrian Militias Armed By Pentagon

The LA Times | Chloe Angyal | Posted 03.27.2016 | World

Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and ...

Syrians Describe Horrific Torture In Jails Run By Islamist Militants

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.25.2016 | World

Jaish al-Islam's leader Zahran Alloush was killed by Syrian government airstrikes last year, but his successors are keeping his brutal legacy alive in...

The Russian Putt

Carlo Caro | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Vladimir Putin recently announced that he would be largely withdrawing from Syria. There was however, no complete "mission accomplished" but there is no denying that the Russians have done a lot better than the Americans.

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifical...

Starving Syrians Use Underground Route To Escape Besieged Town

Syria Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.15.2016 | World

While residents in Madaya may have no way out, other areas under government siege are finding creative ways to carry on. In Eastern Ghouta, a well-kno...

The Syrian Dilemma

Carlo Caro | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Carlo Caro

Source: Reuters It's been almost two weeks since the downing of the Russian fighter jet at the Turkish-Syrian border. Many hawks who have been aga...

Russian Air Strikes Kill At Least 30 In Stepped Up Raids In Syria

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.29.2015 | World

AMMAN/BEIRUT, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets killed at least 30 people in the town of Ariha in north...

After Turkey-Russia Clash, NATO Shouldn't Derail an Ad Hoc Anti-Terror Coalition

Fyodor Lukyanov | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
 Fyodor Lukyanov

MOSCOW -- An ad hoc coalition created for a special purpose to solve one specific task is a modern approach that has been gaining support since the turn of the century when it was first proposed by then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Consolidation of efforts against ISIS, proposed by Russia, France and even the United States, is an example. Such a team would need no oath of allegiance or common values, but can be quite effective over a short period of time.

On Building Armies (and Watching Them Fail)

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

First came Fallujah, then Mosul, and later Ramadi in Iraq. Now, there is Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan. Together, these setbacks have rendered a verdict on the now more-or-less nameless Global War on Terrorism.

Syrian Insurgents Shell Russian Embassy During Pro-Russia Rally

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.13.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Insurgents fired two shells at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital on Tuesday as hundreds of pro-government supporters ...

The Pentagon Plan For Syrian Rebels Failed. That Doesn't Mean Everyone In Syria Is An Extremist.

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Obama administration officials announced Friday that they're significantly reshaping a controversial $500 million Pentagon program launc...

Syria, the Times and the Mystery of the "Moderate Rebels"

David Bromwich | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
David Bromwich

After a two-year absence from the international stage -- during which the mainstream media dispatched them to the realm of nonexistent entities -- on October 1 the "moderate rebels" of Syria were back. The New York Times said so. Russian attacks were targeting moderates rather than ISIS, a man with a camera was quoted saying; and the Times story by Anne Barnard appeared to confirm his suspicion; even as a companion report on Russian actions in Syria by Helene Cooper, Michael R. Gordon, and Neil MacFarquhar revealed that these are the same moderates who were carefully vetted by the CIA, and concerning whom little was heard ever after. Their numbers are put at 3,000 to 5,000, though the Cooper-Gordon-MacFarquhar article leaves uncertain if that is their original or their present strength.

U.S.-Trained Syria Rebels Hand Over Equipment To Al Qaeda Affiliate

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.27.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels trained by the United States gave some of their equipment to the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in exchange...

Only '4 Or 5' U.S.-Trained Rebels In Syria? Not Exactly.

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. general directing the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq set off a wave of criticism Wednesday when he tol...

Syrian Air Strike On Market In Rebel-Held Douma Claims Nearly 100 Lives

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The Syrian air force bombarded an area northeast of Damascus on Monday, keeping up its attack on a rebel-held district wher...

Al Qaeda In Syria Attacks Western-Backed Rebels

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.31.2015 | World

BEIRUT, July 31 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just returned from U.S. train...

Syrian Rebels Say They're Holding An Iranian Fighter, Seeking Prisoner Swap

Reuters | Posted 04.04.2015 | World

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Feb 2 (Reuters) - A mainstream Syrian rebel group said on Monday they were seeking to swap an Iranian taken ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Springtime For Assad: Syria Dictator In Spotlight As Potential U.S. Ally Against ISIS | 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...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Saudi Succession Raises Questions For ISIS Fight | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As power in Saudi Arabia shifted to a new monarch, King Salman, the Obama administration's praise of both Salman and his predecessor sto...

Syrian State News Agency Attacks U.S. Plan To Train Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2015 | Media

BEIRUT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The Syrian state news agency on Friday attacked U.S. military plans to train and equip Syrian rebels, saying they amounte...

Qatar Said To Run A Covert Training Camp For Syrian Rebels With U.S. Help

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

By Amena Bakr DOHA, Nov 26 (Reuters) - At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with U.S. help t...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama UN Ambassador: U.S. Intervention Abroad Can Work | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Obama administration official on Wednesday defended U.S. intervention in the messy Syrian civil war, affirming that the goals of U...

Syria Rebels In South Are West's Last Hope

Reuters | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Nov 13 (Reuters) - With moderate rebels facing defeat by al Qaeda in Syria's north, groups holding a corner of t...