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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 nort...

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 suppor...

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 ...

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

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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 to...

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 dis...

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. trai...

Al Qaeda Kidnaps U.S.-Trained Rebels In Syria

AP | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.30.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group and several of his men have been abducted in northern Syria by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nu...

Kurds Strongly Deny Ethnic Cleansing Accusations In Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.15.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters captured large sections of a strategic town on the Syria-Turkish border on Monday, dealing the biggest se...

Turkey, Saudi Arabia Form Pact To Help Rebels Fighting Assad In Syria

AP | DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 05.07.2015 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — Casting aside U.S. concerns about aiding extremist groups, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have converged on an aggressive new strategy to b...

Assad's Troops Bombard Key Syrian Town After It Falls To Rebels

AP | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government aircraft pounded opposition-held areas in the country's northwest on Sunday, killing at least 34 in one strike on a ...

Syrian Rebels Capture Last Regime-Held Border Crossing With Jordan

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.02.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — It was a bruising week for Syria's Bashar Assad. The rapid collapse of his forces on two fronts in the north and south brought the opp...

Syrian Rebels Capture Ancient Town From Regime Forces

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 05.25.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels on Wednesday seized an ancient town near the Jordan border that is a key government stronghold, ousting Syrian soldiers ...

Turkey, US Sign Deal To Train And Arm Syrian Rebels: US Embassy

AP | DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 04.21.2015 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey and the United States signed an agreement Thursday to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group, said the ...

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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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 co...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Syria Strategy In Tatters As U.S.-Backed Rebels Lose To Al Qaeda | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moderate U.S.-backed Syrian rebels seemed weaker than ever on Monday after a weekend of major defeats in the northwestern region of the...