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Syrian Civil War

Pax Americana at Presidents' Day: How Go Our Wars? (And How Many Are There, Anyway?)

William Bradley | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Even before American hegemony emerged after World War II, birthday boy George Washington's Farewell Address admonition to avoid "permanent alliances" and focus on neutrality had long since been ignored. Now we have a worldwide web of alliances, mostly of our own instigation, and involvement in a whole host of wars.

The Enemy of My Enemy: Islamic State and the Internationalization of the Syrian and Iraqi Civil Wars Part 4

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

The internationalization of the civil wars in Iraq and Syria, and their subsequent linkage, has created an exceedingly complex political environment. First, the role of the Syrian Civil War as a Sunni-Shia proxy contest that pitted Turkey, Saudi Arabia.

No Remittance: Romney's Comeback and Fade-Out Illuminate a Curious Republican Presidential Race

William Bradley | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

How strange is it that Mitt Romney suddenly announced at the end of last week that he's out of a third presidential run he'd only recently spun up? No stranger than getting back into the fray in the first place.

Obama Makes Some Progress In His Passage To India Before the Big Kowtow in Saudi

William Bradley | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama made some progress on his agenda in his passage to India. But events in the Middle East and Washington demonstrated again how hamstrung his administration continues to be.

Life for Refugees in Lebanon Becoming Increasingly Harsh

Caroline Gluck | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Caroline Gluck

Some families were in self-constructed shelters, using plastic sheets and pieces of wood. Many of their shelters had let in snow and water -- bringing misery to their inhabitants trying to stay warm. Aid agencies politely call the living conditions of these people "substandard." In truth, they are squalid and often unfit for human habitation.

The Enemy of My Enemy: Islamic State and the Internationalization of the Syrian and Iraqi Civil Wars - Part 2

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The Syrian Civil War was quickly seen by the Sunni Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, and to a lesser extent Turkey, as an opportunity to "roll back" the arc of Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Syrian Refugees: Prostitution Rises When Aid Fails

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

During a recent visit to Lebanon, walking along Hamra Street, I was taken back to my childhood. My father and I meandered down this road en route to my favorite spot. Constantly stopped by friends, eager to talk, it seemed to take forever to reach the Modca Cafe, and the ice cream I so eagerly anticipated.

Al Jazeera Reporter Dies In Syria

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.11.2014 | Media

Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Mahran Al Deeri died Wednesday while reporting on fighting in Daraa, Syria, Al Jazeera Media Network announced in a st...

O' Syrian Children, We Failed You

Zaher Sahloul | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Zaher Sahloul

Forgive us / Your innocent souls are much bigger than our guilty ones / We were not up to the task / We were too small / We failed you / We failed you...

A Thanksgiving Gift for Syria's War Victims

William Lambers | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

The war in Syria has caused a hunger emergency in the Middle East. On Thanksgiving Eve it was announced that the U.S. Food for Peace program is donating US $125 million to feed the war victims. The donation will go to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which is feeding over four million Syrians inside the war-torn country.

The United States' Ambiguous Strategy for Dealing With ISIS

David Oualaalou | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

According to the White House, the decision to send additional military advisors represents a new phase of U.S. strategy in dealing with the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). To the contrary, I'll argue that this augmentation in the number of military advisors represents failure and a lack of a clear strategy for dealing with ISIS.

Jerry Brown's California, Barack Obama's America: Starkly Different Democratic Realities

William Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Looking at the political shards left over from Tuesday's election, shadowed so heavily by President Barack Obama's sharp decline from his strong re-election just two years ago, we see two starkly different realities for Democrats in the nation's largest state and the nation as a whole.

What's Gone Wrong for/with Barack Obama?

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The mid-term election is still days away, but it sure isn't looking good fro President Barack Obama and Democrats. With his job approval rating down precipitously since his strong 2012 re-election performance, Democrats are on the ropes and on the run.

Leon Panetta's Book, Barack Obama's Plight, and the Shreds of Statesmanship

William Bradley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama's got a lot of problems, some of his making, many not. The last thing he need is one of his former top officials feeding attack lines to his enemies. So naturally, that's what he has.

End Game Against ISIS Will Require Departure of Assad

Paul Salem | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Paul Salem

The policies of Syrian President Assad and his regime created the conditions of civil war and state failure on which ISIS has thrived.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

As They Battle ISIS For Kurdish Town, U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Question Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.09.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- For three weeks, Syrian Kurdish fighters, outgunned and outnumbered, have held off an unrelenting assault from the Islamic State on the ...

Sophia Jones

A Syrian Student's Harrowing Journey Smuggled Through Eight Countries In Search Of Asylum

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- On a warm summer day in June last year, 21-year-old Soultan headed to his university campus in Damascus, where his classmates were being r...

3 New Findings On ISIS Weapons That You Should Know About

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

Islamic State militants are wielding arms manufactured in 21 different countries -- including the United States -- according to a new report released ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Syrian Aid Workers Speak Of Help, Harm By U.S. In ISIS Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.04.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- For a group of volunteer rescue workers trying to protect civilians in the Syrian war, the recent escalation of U.S. involvement in Syri...

Amidst Claims of Intelligence Failure, Has Obama Found the Key to Defeating ISIS? (Or Is That an Illusory Goal?)

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What is the center of gravity for this 21st century hybrid outfit ISIS? Has the administration identified a center of gravity? And if so, is its assessment correct? It's all more than a bit unclear, as you'll see.

Syrian Ambulance Driver Uses His Savings To Feed And Care For 150 Abandoned Cats

Posted 10.01.2014 | Good News

Some people never take time off from giving back to others. Alaa, an ambulance driver in Syria, spends his hours on duty tending to the human victi...

Lebanon: The Forgotten Front

James Zogby | Posted 11.27.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

While the world's attention has been focused on the combined efforts of Arab and U.S. forces attacking the Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria, there is unfolding in Lebanon, a third front in the war against this violent extremist group. The threat of IS poses an existential challenge that must not be ignored.

Sophia Jones

Turks Held By The Islamic State: 'It Was A Fine Line Between Life and Death'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.30.2014 | World

DALAKCI, Turkey -- They waited inside the consulate for days like sitting ducks until the masked invaders of the Islamic State finally came for them. ...

Three Million Children In Syria Are Not In School

AP | Diaa Hadid | Posted 09.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the civil war raging in their homeland, an international charity ...

Sophia Jones

Smuggled Across Turkey's Border, Homeless Syrians Call A Bus Station Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

KILIS, Turkey -- Outside of a Turkish bus station, weary travelers shuffle past a taxi driver shouting “To the fence!” in Arabic, offering rides t...