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Why the Syrian Refugee Crisis is the Greatest Humanitarian Disaster of Our Time

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Negar Mojtahedi

Harsh winter weather is fast approaching in the Middle East. If the member states of the United Nations don't do something soon, the world's failure to deal with the catastrophe that is spilling out of Syria's civil war, could soon reach historic proportions.

Assad Blames U.S. For ISIS In Rare Interview

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2014 | World

PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Syria's conflict will be long and difficult and its army cannot be everywhere at once, President Bashar al-Assad...

CUI BONO? Understanding ISIS.....

James A. Nathan | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
James A. Nathan

Though it is clear that Turkey has tacked to a strong wind, Turkey is painfully aware that the American-led effort to arm Kurds against ISIS will accelerate a redefinition of a hundred-year old regional order defined in the detritus of World War One.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama UN Ambassador: U.S. Intervention Abroad Can Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Obama administration official on Wednesday defended U.S. intervention in the messy Syrian civil war, affirming that the goals of U...

Sophia Jones

Filmmakers Admit To Staging Video Of Brave Syrian Boy Running Through Sniper Fire (UPDATE)

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.14.2014 | World

UPDATE: Nov. 14, 4:50 p.m. -- Norwegian filmmakers have told BBC Trending they are behind the viral video that appeared to show a Syrian boy running t...

The Islamic State: A Break with History

OpedSpace | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
OpedSpace

There is nothing "Islamic" about the Islamic State (IS), and I don't mean that in the patronizing tone used too often by politicians and quasi-intellectuals who are toeing a line of political correctness or trying to garner favor with Middle Eastern moderates.

ISIS Claims To Seize Second Gas Field In Syria

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters in Syria said on Monday they had taken control of a gas field in the central province of Homs, the ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

U.S-Backed Syrian Rebels' Pleas For Help Likely To Go Unanswered

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Islamic State militants inched closer to seizing control of the Kurdish town of Kobani, the international community heaped shame upon...

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

Mario Almonte | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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.

Turkey's 'Road to Damascus' Moment

Scott Ritter | Posted 10.24.2014 | World
Scott Ritter

If there is ever going to be a solution to the problem of the Islamic State that has a hope of preserving the current geo-political structure of Mesopotamia and the Levant, it rests with the survival of Bashar al-Assad's regime and the resurgence of Syria as a viable national player in the region.

Why Some Syrians Are Against Strikes on ISIS

Worldcrunch | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Worldcrunch

U.S.-led airstrikes aimed at ISIS are being met with resistance in Syria. Some ask why it took the death of U.S. journalist James Foley for Washington to intervene.

Embracing Assad Is a Better Strategy for the U.S. Than Supporting the Least Bad Jihadis

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Graham E. Fuller

We have little to lose and much to gain in such a reverse in policy vis-à-vis Assad. If we persist on overthrowing him by force, we will perpetuate the disastrous status quo-- an anti-jihadi campaign that the administration has already acknowledged may be morphing into a new open-ended war for years to come -- all the while generating tens of thousands of new jihadis fighting new jihads that we cannot bomb out of existence.

Obama: 'Contradictory' Syria Policy Helps Assad

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday gave voice to the conundrum at the heart of his Syria policy, acknowledging that the U.S.-led mil...

450 Suspected Militants Detained In Syria Border Crackdown

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

(Adds casualties) BEIRUT, Sept 25 (Reuters) - The Lebanese army said one person was killed and two wounded during a search for suspect...

The 8 Proxy Wars Going On In Syria Right Now

As'ad AbuKhalil | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
As'ad AbuKhalil

The internal dimension of the war in Syria is now probably marginal to the global and regional war raging in the country today.

Mr. Obama, Man Up and Talk to Assad

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

Talking to your enemies is not synonymous with appeasement. In many cases, particularly when the only alternative is war, the move may be the smartest and most pragmatic option available. Yes, even if it doesn't look good.

Obama's American War in Syria Dead Wrong

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

ll in all, Mr. Obama's decision to go to war in Syria is a poorly thought-out one. It would be a disastrous one if he actually chose to proceed with it. Worst of all, like in Iraq, there would be no clear exit strategy.

A No-Fly Zone Would Hurt Both Assad and ISIS

Veton Surroi | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Veton Surroi

The Free Syrian Army, caught between the al-Assad air forces and the Islamic State group's territorial expansion, will benefit directly from an air campaign that is simultaneously against ISIS but does not allow any other air military activity.

Get Out! - The Only Sane Response to the Islamic State

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
David J. Dunn, PhD

The Islamic State (ISIS) proves the law of unintended consequences. Congratulations America! We killed Christianity in the Middle East and unleashed a terror organization with far greater reach and power than Al Qaeda ever possessed.

Sophia Jones

Cash-Strapped Moderate Syrian Rebels Blame West For Rise Of Islamic State

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

REYHANLI, Turkey -- In an empty car dealership turned Syrian rebel office in this Turkish border town, a group of cash-strapped fighters aligned with ...

Obama's Move to Arm and Train 'Moderates' in Syria Is a Feint

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

There is a common refrain these days voiced by politicians who want to blame President Obama for ISIL. It is an extremely shallow argument. But it's a convenient one for those who do not like Mr. Obama, his leadership style, or his foreign policy in the Middle East -- or all three.

Sam Stein

Obama's Strained And Battered Brand Of Foreign Policy Realism

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is keen on portraying the president's general bent on foreign policy as a derivative of realism. He isn't a ske...

Report: Chlorine Gas Was Likely Used In Syria Earlier This Year

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villag...

Assad Urged To Seek Political Solution To Syria Crisis

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

ABU DHABI, Sept 10 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged President Bashar al-Assad to seek a political solution to Syria's war, sayin...

The Coalition Against ISIS

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Unlike the neocons that ran Bush's failed foreign policy, President Obama is not going to be rushed into another ground war. He believes he needs a strong coalition, including Arab countries, and a more inclusive Iraqi government, to ensure a broader and more enduring solution.