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Syrian Civil War

Obama's Big UN Week Sunk by Putin's Clever Gambit, Iran's Cold Rebuke, and Multiple U.S. Policy Failures

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

We may look back on this week as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is a particular low point for President Obama.

Obama Accuses Russia Of Strengthening ISIS

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama on Friday criticized Russia's recent airstrikes over the Syrian city of Homs as a dead-end strategy that will ulti...

In the Memory of Aylan Kurdi and Others

Zaher Sahloul | Posted 09.28.2015 | HuffPost Home
Zaher Sahloul

His name was Omar/He was drawing bombs, blood, helicopters/And dead children/He could not speak/So traumatized/He could not smile/They asked him to smile to the Camera/He tried/But couldn't/They took his picture /And the picture of his drawing/They were powerful/His name was Omar.

Putin's Syrian Gambit

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 09.26.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The last several weeks has seen some extraordinary developments in Russia's role in the Syrian Civil War. Russia has deployed 28 Suhkoi jet fighters, roughly two squadrons, in Syria. Originally believed to be SU-27s, NATO designation, "Flanker," satellite reconnaissance now indicates they are a mix of different variants.

U.S. To Make New Diplomatic Push On Syria, Talk To Iran

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

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Obama Administration Discovers How to Waste a Half Billion Dollars Training Syrian Rebels Without Even Trying

Sheldon Filger | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

In stunning testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, a Pentagon general informed shocked senators that the $500 million investment from the coffers of American taxpayers has led, thus far, to "4 or 5" Syrian fighters being trained and actually deployed in the fight against ISIS.

Protestors Flock To Streets In Europe To Show Support For Migrants

The Washington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.12.2015 | World

BUDAPEST — With the threat of heightened border enforcement over the next few days, protestors flocked to streets throughout Europe on Saturday...

Prisoners Work To Finish Hungary Border Barrier

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.10.2015 | World

Not far from the camp at Roszke where thousands of migrants and refugees cross into the European Union every day, prisoners are working to complete a...

Acts of Loving Kindness & Profound Cruelty

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I believe two of the litmus tests by which we can judge any society are to investigate both the ways in which societies treat their children, and the ways in which they treat animals. In some countries around the world, we have clear evidence of the poaching of animals for their body parts, such as tusks and as trophies.

The World Abandoned Jewish refugees in 1939; Will We Do the Same for Syria?

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Daniel Gastfriend

It goes without saying that there are vast differences between the Syrian civil war and the Holocaust. But as children continue to drown and families continue to suffocate in their efforts to escape, it is worth recognizing the painful echoes of our past humanitarian failures.

Now Is the Time for Blame: Alan Kurdi and the Myth of a 'Generous' Canada

Omer Aziz | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Omer Aziz

The sobering truth of the matter is that Canada's refugee policy is not generous at all, neither compared to other countries today, nor compared to that most famous refugee destination historically, the Canada of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

The U.S. Is Betraying the Kurds -- Again

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Turkey's offering Washington a fig leaf of cooperation against the Islamic State, but it's turning all its firepower against the most effective anti-ISIS fighters in the region -- the Kurds.

What A Solution To Europe's Migration Crisis Could Look Like

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.22.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Demetrios Papademetriou&nb...

The Second ISIS War (2015-2024): A Historical Perspective

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The willingness of the West to stand by while ISIS spread and grew stronger has never, to this day, been satisfactorily explained. In retrospect, it is obvious that by failing to destroy ISIS in its early years, the West defeated itself.

Israel Says It Killed 5 Militants In Syrian Golan Heights Strike

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.21.2015 | World

AMMAN/JERUSALEM, Aug 21 (Reuters) -- Israel said it killed at least five Palestinian militants in an air strike on the Syrian Golan Heights on Friday...

Staunch Syria Enclave Holds Off ISIL -- And Finds Support Online

Techonomy | Posted 08.18.2015 | World

The news out of Syria, however grim, includes at least one encouraging note. In northern Syria, along the Turkish border, has emerged a de facto autonomous region known as Rojava.

My Reflections on Meeting Jimmy Carter in Syria

Sami Moubayed | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

During President Carter's last visit to Damascus, I was cordially invited to join him for dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, along with three Syrian friends. "Welcome back to Damascus, Mr. President" I said, having first met President Carter at this very same hotel in December 2008.

Turkey and the Kurdish Corridor: Why the Islamic State Survives

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
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.

Don't Look Now, But the Next Bush Wants Us In Another New War in the Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 08.15.2015 | Media
William Bradley

Frankly, no one named Bush should be proposing anything in the Middle East. Especially a Bush who has 17 of 21 formally named geopolitical advisors who are alumni of the Bush/Cheney administration.

Jessica Schulberg

Obama: No End To War In Syria Without 'Buy-In' From Iran | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday acknowledged that cooperation from Iran will be necessary for any future resolution of the civil war...

What Has Become of Syria?

Daniel Raphael | Posted 07.14.2015 | College
Daniel Raphael

We can only hope that the war ends quickly and peace returns to Syria. As I write that statement I know it is idealistic and facile, for it is likely to be years if not decades before peace returns in Syria.

The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year.

Sophia Jones

ISIS' Latest Conquest Has Dark History Of State Torture And Abuse | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- When Dr. Bara Sarraj heard that Islamic State militants had overrun the city of Palmyra and its ancient desert ruins, he began to cry. ...

America, Turkey and Saudi Arabia Are Pouring Fuel on the Fire in Syria

Behlül Özkan | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- The U.S., Turkey and Saudi Arabia have effectively created a new Afghanistan on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Reports of Assad's (Pending) Demise May be Greatly Exaggerated

Lionel Beehner | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Lionel Beehner

The end is near in Syria -- that is the optimistic headline emerging from Western news sources like the Guardian and Washington Post. While this is an encouraging sign, the trouble is we've seen this movie before.