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

Danny Postel | Posted 12.24.2014 | 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.

How Kurdish Fighters Are Defending Kobani From Islamic State

AP | Posted 12.04.2014 | World

KOBANI, Syria (AP) — The men and women of Kobani call one another "heval" — Kurdish for 'comrade' — and fight with revolutionary conviction, vow...

How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might be lucky having been left at the curb.

The U.N is Walking Into a Trap in Syria -- Here's How to Avoid it

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

The new U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, hopes that a ceasefire would serve as a "concrete example" and a model for other frontline areas in the country. But de Mistura is likely walking into a trap.

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...

Free Syrian Army Fighters Enter Kobani To Help Battle ISIS

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way towa...

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 ...

Kobani Cabal -- When It Comes to ISIS, All Politics Are 'Glocal'

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

ISIS is a bipartisan cause. This president needs and deserves help. Before the congressional mid-terms, time to bring in seasoned, mature reinforcements to help President Obama do the job he pledged the American people he would do without U.S. boots on the ground: destroy and defeat ISIS.

Barack Obama and the Will to Fight

John Feffer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

President Obama is no less committed to military action than any of his predecessors. He might personally have a less gung-ho disposition than, say, George W. Bush. But Obama's personality is only a small part of the equation. Despite the putative end of the Cold War, the United States has remained on a war footing. The national security apparatus is programed for intervention. What we see now taking place in the skies above Syria and Iraq is not an exception to the Obama-as-pacifist rule. It is a summation of a particular evolution in U.S. militarism toward the asymmetrical warfare of dispensing death at a distance.

Yes, Somebody's Boots on the Ground Will Be Needed

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As the president outlined on September 10, an instrumental component of the anti-ISIL counterterrorism policy is the train-and-advisery mission that the U.S. and its Arab partners will set up in Saudi Arabia for the moderate Syrians.

Betrayal and Ambivalence: Syrian Activists Wrestle With ISIS, Intervention, and the Fate of Their Country

Danny Postel | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Danny Postel

The U.S. intervention in Syria (and Iraq) will kill many innocent civilians. It will also fulfill ISIS's wish to become the primary anti-American force in the region and thereby help the terrorist organization recruit more fighters.

Containment or Eradication: What Is the United State's True Plan in Syria?

Mathew Markman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Mathew Markman

Despite broad international support for the U.S.-led coalition against IS, the fundamental characteristics of the Syrian conflict remain unchanged.

Arming Syrian 'Moderate' Fighters Emboldens Islamic State

Kate Gould | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Kate Gould

While the president has justified his plan to arm and train "moderate" Syrian armed groups on the grounds that it would counter the growth of the Islamic State, it will likely have the exact opposite effect. Further funding for "moderate" Syrian opposition groups will embolden IS and risk widening the brutal Syrian war.

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.

Zach Carter

Lobbyists For Syrian Rebels To Woo Congress For Funding In Closed-Door Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists for the Free Syrian Army will meet with members of Congress and staffers from both political parties in a closed-door meeting ...

What We Don't Know About Syrian Rebels Dwarfs What We Do

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Well, we can all relax now. Senator John McCain, who was wrong about Iraq, wrong about the surge in Iraq, wrong about the surge in Afghanistan, wrong about Libya, and wrong about most everything else pertaining to US security, has "vetted" the Syrian rebels he now wants to send arms to.

US Will Back the 'Appropriately Vetted' in Syria. Huh?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

The White House formally submitted its $500 million request to Congress on June 26. The money would go to train and equip "appropriately vetted" members of the Syrian opposition. That's a lot different from "moderate rebel forces," and it is yet another indication that we simply do not know who the "moderates" are in Syria.

On the 'Good Guys' in Syria, John McCain Ain't Got a Clue

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

It almost sounds as if Mr. McCain is more concerned that he let down the "good guys" in Syria than he is about the possibility that his ideas and his judgment may be dead wrong, and that America (and the world) could pay dearly for listening to him.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Reports: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.14.2014 | World

As the United States begins to deepen ties with moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, a key comp...

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.

An Open Letter to the White House on the Eve of Obama's Prime Time Speech

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As an American citizen who one day hopes to become a public servant and who frequently monitors our nation's foreign policy, I continue to wish you and your colleagues in the State Department, Pentagon, and intelligence community the best of luck. America's security depends on the efforts that you make in the weeks ahead.

McCain Calls For 'Strong Measures' Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized President Barack Obama for saying the administration lacks a plan to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,...

ISIS Delenda Est

Pietros Maneos | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Pietros Maneos

While I applaud President Obama for authorizing military airstrikes against ISIS, I do feel that we should do more, most especially with our special forces.

REPORT: Syrian Rebels Sending Child Soldiers Into Battle

Reuters | Sylvia Westall | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

BEIRUT, June 23 (Reuters) - Militant Islamist groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 15 and sending them into battle after promising th...