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Thousands Of Iraqi Fighters Abandon Assad For Battles At Home

AP | ZEINA KARAM and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 08.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In a reflection of how intertwined the Syria and Iraq conflicts have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Ba...

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.

ISIS May Skip Baghdad and Instead Build a New State: ‘Syriaq'

Paul Salem | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
Paul Salem

ISIS has effectively shown another way forward: to forget about Damascus and Baghdad for now, forget about the Sykes-Picot borders and create a new political space out of the parts of Syria and Iraq that their capitals do not control--a large and viable political territory with major historic cities, trade routes, oil resources and borders potentially abutting Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. For now, let's call it Syriaq.

The Syrian Conundrum: The Growing Threat of Returning Jihadi Fighters

Wolfgang Petritsch | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Wolfgang Petritsch

With Assad's armed forces seemingly on the verge of military victory over the rebels, it is important to ask what will happen to the ever-increasing influx of jihadi fighters, from both Islamic countries and the West alike, once the rebel defeat is obvious.

Assad Declares Amnesty For Prisoners

AP | ALBERT AJI and BARBARA SURK | Posted 08.09.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad declared a general amnesty Monday for prisoners in the country, state media reported, less than...

Syria a Bargaining Chip in the P5+1 Negotiations Between Iran and the Major Powers

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The difference between the Egyptian and Syrian presidential elections this week is that the first has revived Egypt as a leading nation in the regional balance of power, with an Arab decision and Arab support, while the second has taken Syria out of the Arab mainstream and made it a satellite of Iran in the regional balance of power.

Speaker: Assad Wins Syria's Presidential Election

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 08.04.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has been re-elected in a landslide, officials said Wednesday, capturing another seven-year term...

Obama Pursues a Strategy of Drafting Others for America's Wars

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

What President Obama has not been able to achieve in the past six years is to convince his people and the world that his foreign policy is sound, and that it serves U.S. interests and the cause of America's international leadership.

Obama Believes The Situation In Syria Has Deteriorated

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he believes the situation in Syria has deteriorated but the hand of the mode...

Obama Administration Nears Decision On Training Syrian Rebels

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, in an open move that would signif...

The Importance of Vision

James Zogby | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Looking 100 years down the road, I can see an Arab boy from Amman marrying an Israeli girl from Tel Aviv and taking a job and settling down in the suburbs of Damascus. What I mean is that I envision a region at peace with itself.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

Barrel Bombs

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Syria v Ukraine

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Three Million Syrians Go Hungry as UN Waits

John Jackson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
John Jackson

The UN has the legal right to cross the border without consent from the regime. Now is not the time to wait for unanimous legal opinion, because unanimity will never come. Now is the time to start the trucks and drive that aid to the millions who need it. But instead, we wait.

5 Reasons Why Syria's Upcoming Election Is A Cruel Joke

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 04.21.2014 | World

Despite a brutal conflict that has left more than 150,000 people dead, the speaker of Syria's parliament announced on Monday that the country will hol...

Is The War Against Assad Over?

HuffPostLive | Posted 04.11.2014 | World
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Joshua Hersh spent with a day with the Syrian military on the front lines of Latakia....

Assad Thinks He'll Win The War By The End Of The Year

Reuters | Posted 06.07.2014 | World

MOSCOW, April 7 (Reuters) - A former Russian prime minister who recently met Bashar al-Assad said the Syrian president told him that much of the fi...

Washington's Policy: Blaming the Palestinians and Exonerating the Israelis

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The culture of blame shifting, which countries adopt as a way to evade responsibility, is being deployed against both the Palestinian leadership and the Syrian opposition.

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

Where The West Went Wrong

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2014 | World

By David Rohde April 1 (Reuters) - A quarter-century after the fall of the Soviet Union, authoritarian rulers such as Vladimir Putin a...

Assad Prepares To Run For President Despite Bloody War

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 03.29.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad is quietly preparing the ground to hold elections by early this summer to win another 7-year term, even ...

Lawmakers Bash Obama Administration's 'Delusional' Syria Policy

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers lashed out at the Obama administration's handling of Syria's civi...

The Bid to Dismantle the GCC: Those Who Benefit and Those Who Are Targeted

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Raghida Dergham

The GCC is in a predicament and a state of division, and is facing the shadow of disintegration, which is desired by Iran, Israel, and perhaps also the U.S. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's attacks on Saudi Arabia are but a part of the strategy to dismantle the GCC, to pave the way for the Iranian vision for a new security arrangement and alternative policy on Syria.

Assad Makes Rare Visit To Frontline

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 03.12.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — In a rare public appearance, President Bashar Assad on Wednesday visited displaced Syrians in a frontline suburb of the count...