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

Danny Postel | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.14.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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...

Reading Between the Lines: Syria's Shifting Dynamics or More of the Same?

Charles Lister | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Charles Lister

Syrian opposition forces have won a number of significant military victories in Idlib governorate in recent days. Practically speaking, this string of victories will advance a long-term opposition military strategy aimed at posing an increased threat to the government's control of Idlib city and Hama governorate.

U.S. May Decide To Train Syrian Rebels

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely t...

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...

Max J. Rosenthal

'Somalia Could Help Us As Much As America'

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.15.2014 | World

IRBID, Jordan -- Syrian rebel leaders, fighters and advisers in Jordan warn that a major American-backed effort to support the war against President B...

Will Obama Relent on Syrian Anti-Aircraft Weapons?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ahmed al-Jarba, the president of the Syrian National Coalition, and Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir, the top man of the opposition Supreme Military Council, are currently engaged in the most important foreign delegation of their lives.

The Syrian Opposition Looks to Congress for Help

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

While Bashar al-Assad's military continues to consolidate its position in strategically important areas of central Syria, the Syrian Opposition Coalition is trying to counteract the regime's advances with a campaign of its own -- in Washington.

Hamas and Hezbollah Agree to Disagree on Syria

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Even as Hamas gradually restores its relationship with Iran and Hezbollah, some of its officials still wave the Free Syrian Army (FSA) flag.

I Was Born in Australia, Made in Syria

Ranya Alkadamani | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Ranya Alkadamani

Nothing was more stark to me than seeing 200 refugees coming across the border from Syria into Jordan. As I pulled up in the UNHCR 4WD and saw the line of people carrying all they could -- their blankets, their babies, their lives -- my heart stopped.

Max J. Rosenthal

The Neverending Spring: How Syria's Revolution Became A Stalemate

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- From a safe distance, the latest battle for Raqqa, a provincial capital in northern Syria, might have seemed like a turning point in the war...

Syrian Refugees Plight Goes Beyond Funding

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Whether one was for or against the U.S. strikes supporting NATO strikes on Syria last September, or one believes that the Syria conflict is a civil war rather than a revolution, Syrian refugees remain the consistent symptom of Syria's plight -- however it is described.