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Syria's Bashar Assad Blames Journalist Marie Colvin For Her Own Death

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.14.2016 | World

ISTANBUL ― Less than a week after the family of renowned American journalist Marie Colvin sued the Syrian government for her death, Syria’s Bashar...

Syrian Rebels Launch Attacks Against Government Forces

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 04.18.2016 | World

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian rebel groups launched a new battle against government forces on Monday and the armed opposition accused the United Na...

Death Toll From East Damascus Air Strikes Rises To More Than 30

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.01.2016 | World

BEIRUT, April 1 (Reuters) - The death toll from air strikes in the Deir al-Asafir district southeast of Damascus has risen to more than 30, mostly wom...

Blowback: The Potential Lethal Fallout From the Secret CIA-Saudi Deal to Arm the Syrian rebels

Peter Lance | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Peter Lance

If we're to accept George Santayana's dictum that those who forget the past are "condemned to repeat it," the U.S. should be extremely cautious about who we're arming and the deadly long-term effects that could easily blowback to the American homeland.

Report: Top Syrian Rebel Leader Killed In Air Strike

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 12.26.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 25 (Reuters) - A top Syrian rebel leader and head of the most powerful insurgent group in the eastern suburbs of Damascus was killed in an...

How U.S. Interventions Dismembered the Middle East

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 12.13.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

President Barack Obama won election in 2008 promising an end to "dumb wars," and since then, he's vowed to avoid major troop commitments. Yet, even after all the fallout from recent interventions -- including, more recently, the spread of ISIS terrorism to Europe -- foreign policy hawks keep pushing Obama to send ground troops to Syria.

Obama Administration Disowns Pentagon’s $500 Million Program To Train Syrian Rebels

The New York Times | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

LONDON — The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on...

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.

U.S. Plans To Conduct Airstrikes In Syria

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.02.2015 | World

The United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail fr...

$500 Million Down the Drain in Syria, and McCain Keeps Flailing

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Quite literally, "2015 John McCain" and "2012 John McCain" have opposing views of the Syrian rebels. I hope the media remember this when Sen. McCain gets up on his soapbox in the coming days. Sen. McCain isn't prescient. He consistently contradicts his own past statements and beliefs, depending on what's happening at any particular time.

State Department Official: 'It's Going To Take Years' To Defeat The Islamic State

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics

A State Department official helping lead a coalition against the Islamic State said Sunday it would be several years until the group was defeated. ...

U.S. Begins Training Syrian Fighters To Battle Islamic State

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics

* Deepens U.S. role in Syria's civil war * Syrian rebels, U.S. lawmakers skeptical about training program (Rewrites throughout aft...

The Iran Deal Is Hurting the ISIS Fight

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Last week, the Pentagon triumphantly announced that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had lost over a quarter of its Iraqi territory. But whatever happens in Iraq, the United States is not winning the ISIS fight.

Sophia Jones

With World's Attention Turned To ISIS, The Syrian Regime Ramps Up Bombings On Civilians | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.14.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- In Syria’s second city of Aleppo, hell hovers in the sky. It often comes with little warning -- just the whooshing of helicopter bla...

Our Fight Against ISIS

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Chaker Khazaal

The solution to end this insane violence is not to circulate gruesome imagery of beheadings and violence. We must return to the human element that all these brave journalists so passionately tried to shed light on.

Sophia Jones

Escaped Syrian Child Soldier: 'Don't Join ISIS' | Sophia Jones | Posted 02.02.2015 | World

An escaped Islamic State child soldier in Sanliurfa, Turkey, shows the scar on his neck to a reporter on Jan. 27. He says a bullet grazed his neck dur...

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Danny Postel | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Danny Postel

Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.

The Pause That Refreshes: With the World on the Brink of Chaos, Obama Counts to 10

Mario Almonte | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Mario Almonte

If history ever remembers Barack Obama for anything more than being the first man of color to become U.S. President, it may be for the simple fact that, unlike many of the presidents before him, he knew when to pause.

Igor Bobic

Vote To Arm Syrian Rebels May Haunt Senators With Eyes On The White House | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

The votes to authorize costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan still haunt some lawmakers more than a decade after those wars began. No one knows this bet...

These Boots Will Soon Be Fightin'

Spencer Green | Posted 11.18.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

These boots will soon be fightin' Just say it, don't pretend That pretty soon all these boots Won't be 'a hittin' ground again

ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in. Acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future.

To Avoid Escalating the War, Don't Arm Syrian 'Moderates'

William Hartung | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

Whether or not President Obama intends to send ground troops into combat in Iraq, there is a real danger that the dynamics of the conflict will lead to that result. The time to head off a wider war is now.

REPORT: Syrian Rebels Sign Truce With ISIS

GlobalPost | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

yrian Observatory for Human Rights Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed a non-aggression pact for the first time in a suburb...

What Obama Should Have Said: Alternatives to Another War

Stephen Miles | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Stephen Miles

Instead of going back to war in the Middle East, President Obama should announce alternative, and more effective ways to degrade ISIS. Here are a few suggestions.

The Media and John McCain: How Someone Always Wrong Is Always on TV

Jon Soltz | Posted 10.19.2014 | Media
Jon Soltz

The number of times that Sen. McCain hasn't just been wrong, but deadly wrong, on matters of our security is nearly impossible to count. Maybe the DC fishbowl has convinced itself that McCain has been prescient. Well, I'm here to give them a quick education, because many of us who have served in the these conflicts are less convinced.