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Syrian Rebel Group Once Backed By U.S. Disavows Child Beheading Video

HuffPost/Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.20.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters/HuffPost) - A Syrian rebel group which has received U.S. military backing said it is investigating the beheading of a young child in A...

After Lull, U.S.-Led Air Campaign In Syria Intensifies

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - The U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, which ground to a near halt in late October, has int...

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...

Al Qaeda In Syria Abducts More U.S.-Trained Rebels, Monitor Says

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Syria's al Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front abducted five more rebels believed to have been trained by the United States after ra...

Over 200 Americans Have Gone Or Tried To Go To Syria To Fight, FBI Says

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - More than 200 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria to fight for Islamic militants, Federal Bureau ...

Top ISIS Leader In Syria Killed In U.S. Raid

Reuters | Will Dunham and Tom Perry | Posted 05.16.2015 | World

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT, May 16 (Reuters) - U.S special forces killed a man identified as a senior Islamic State leader during a raid into Syria, U.S. offic...

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

Behlül Özkan | Posted 05.14.2016 | World
Behlül Özkan

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

Military Strategy? Who Needs It?

William Hartung | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Despite the obvious changes that have occurred globally since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military is still expected to be ready to go anywhere on Earth and fight any battle.

U.S. To Send Troops To Train Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2015 | World

(Adds training to begin in mid-March, equipment details) ANKARA/WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey have reach...

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...

UN Accuses ISIS Of Mass Executions, Abductions

Reuters | Posted 12.01.2014 | World

(Adds dropped words "this year" in 3rd paragraph) * Mass executions, abductions by IS deemed war crimes * UN rights chie...

6 Reasons ISIS Airstrikes Aren't The Next Iraq War

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.01.2014 | World

As the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria continues, some are worried that the operation carries echoes of the U....

The Limits of America's Campaign Against the Islamic State

Gareth Evans | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Gareth Evans

If 150,000 U.S. troops could not stabilize Iraq in the absence of an inclusive and competent government, the limited measures on offer now simply will not suffice. And we should know by now that any Western military intervention with overtly political, rather than clearly humanitarian, objectives runs a real risk of inflaming sectarian sentiment.

The Air War Gets Harder, and Harder

David Wood | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
David Wood

It's worth remembering these days -- as President Obama declares that air power will be the primary and perhaps only U.S. effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria -- that the impressive Pentagon videos of missile warheads exploding in the crosshairs obscure the difficulty that air power has in achieving positive, lasting effects on the ground. And that the effects of air campaigns diminish over time -- as the Germans discovered when their intense bombing of London in 1940 failed to break Britain's will. Shock and awe are short-lived.

U.S. Considering Taking Fight Against Islamic State Into Syria

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

By Steve Holland EDGARTOWN, Mass., Aug 22 (Reuters) - The United States is considering taking the fight against Islamic State militant...

Howard Fineman

U.S. Plans To Inch Up Role In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Kiev is burning, but Damascus, Homs and Aleppo are dying. There’s little the U.S. can do about Ukraine -- it’s literally Russia...

Joshua Hersh

Among Syrian Exiles, Certainty, And Fear, That Obama Has A Secret Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.12.2014 | World

REYHANLI, Turkey -- The conversation over tea and peanuts in a living room in this bustling border town was about something benign, when one of the Sy...

Leaders Make Renewed Push For Syria Resolution At UN

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2013 | World

By Steve Holland and Asma Alsharif UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to the United Nations on T...

McCain Tells Russians They Deserve Better Than Putin

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for siding with "tyrannies," perpetuating bigotry, censoring the media and endo...

Changing the Subject

Amb. Robert E. Hunter | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Amb. Robert E. Hunter

At no point has the United States actively supported an effort to achieve a decisive outcome to the Syrian civil war.

McCain Giving Putin A Dose Of His Own Medicine

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in the New York Times with a column of his own. McCain will at...

Kerry: Syria Peace Depends On Weapons Talks

Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

By MATTHEW LEE and JOHN HEILPRIN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GENEVA -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said...

Kerry Rejects Assad Proposal

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejected Syrian President Bashar Assad's 30-day deadline for submitting chemical weapons data, saying words are not...

Steve Jobs' Syrian Father: I Am 'Embarrassed' By Obama's Inaction On Syria

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.11.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Syrian-Americans have much to say about President Obama's stance on the country's use of chemical weapons in the August 21 attack and the escalating t...

Latest Updates In Syria Debate

Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama addressed the public Tuesday evening, vowing to explore a diplomatic option with regards to Syria's chemical weapons stockpile,...