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Syrian Civil War

Bush/Cheney Created Conditions That Led Directly to ISIL

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The War did more than any propagandist could possibly do to radicalize vulnerable young people. And by setting off wave after wave of sectarian slaughter it created blood feuds that will never be forgiven. And now many of the same people who caused this foreign policy disaster have the audacity to criticize President Obama's measured efforts to clean up the mess they created.

What Obama Should Have Said: Alternatives to Another War

Stephen Miles | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Stephen Miles

Instead of going back to war in the Middle East, President Obama should announce alternative, and more effective ways to degrade ISIS. Here are a few suggestions.

Take a Deep Breath and Build a Coalition to Confront ISIS

David Schanzer | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
David Schanzer

We can't forget that the security interests of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey and our NATO allies are threatened by ISIS to a much greater extent than our own. We should insist that they step forward, provide people and resources to the fight, and, most importantly, publicly align with the emerging anti-ISIS coalition.

Assad Urged To Seek Political Solution To Syria Crisis

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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...

Sophia Jones

Why A Pro-Revolution Syrian Schoolteacher Now Supports The Islamic State

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.09.2014 | World

ANTAKYA, Turkey -- When mass anti-government protests erupted in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo in the spring of 2011, Abu Mohamed, then a 22-year-o...

ISIS Crisis: Is Obama About to Reverse One of His Worst Decisions?

William Bradley | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama is at last signaling that he may be ready to reverse one of his most foolish and perplexing stances. That is his refusal to strike against ISIS in Syria because it would aid the Assad regime in continuing to exist.

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

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

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

ISIS Crisis: Limits and Limited Success for Obama's Flawed Strategy

William Bradley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If Obama is serious about effectively containing Isis, much less ultimately defeating it, he's going to have to let go of some very non-serious thinking.

Sophia Jones

While The World Watched Gaza Crumble, Syria Had One Of Its Bloodiest Weeks Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 08.01.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Open most U.S. newspapers this week, or click on the main page of news sites, and you’ll likely see headlines detailing the violence in ...

U.S. Forces: Stay Out of Iraq

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The current problem of Iraq will not be resolved by sending more U.S. troops, drones, or jets to Iraq. A U.S. military presence would only bring back the same problems associated with the invasion and occupation of the country. The United States can do something, however.

A Frightening Precedent

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

The current situation in the Middle East is proof that ignoring a wound doesn't make it go away. Over three years of neglect from the international community with regards to Syria has destabilized that nation and its neighbors.

ISIS: The Spoils of the 'Great Loot' in the Middle East

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

As Iraq tumbles into a yet another civil war, it is important to remember how all this came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the "Great Loot" set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

Deconstructing the Iraq and Syria Conflicts

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The current escalating sectarian violence between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Iraqi forces and the unending civil war in Syria are now intertwined and neither can be resolved without the other, which requires a dramatic change in the political and military landscape in Syria and Iraq.

ISIS Beats a Brutal Counterpoint to Hillary's Happy Book Launch

William Bradley | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

To her credit, Hillary apologizes in her memoir for voting as a member of the U.S. Senate to authorize the invasion of Iraq. Well, some mistakes, like gifts, just keep on giving.

The Clever, 'Democratically Supported,' Bloodthirsty Tyrant

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

To be blunt, Syria's presidential contest is indeed incredibly insulting to anyone who can legitimately call himself or herself a democrat. Yet the voting that the Syrian National Coalition has called a "blood election" is an integral part of Assad's strategy for the war.

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrians Flood Embassy In Lebanon To Cast Ballots For Assad

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

YARZE, Lebanon -- They partied their way up the 10-kilometer hill toward the Syrian Embassy, waving flags and posters in the oppressive heat. They dod...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrian Activists Fighting -- And Failing -- To Spark Action

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- When the Syrian civil war began more than three years ago, Mariam Hamou took to Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about the brutality ...

U.S. Anti-Tank Rockets in Syria: What Did Congress Say?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Don't the American people have a right to know what is going on with such a significant decision, particularly in light of the fact that the American people and Congress decisively rejected direct U.S. military intervention in the Syrian civil war?

Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.

Syrian Crisis Creating a Lost Generation

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

Others I met on my journey around Lebanon's camps were positive and resourceful in spite of nearly impossible conditions. But, for how much longer?

Lifting All Boats

Hardy Vieux | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

Here in Jordan, we, in the humanitarian aid community, are addressing the myriad, stubborn problems born of the Syrian civil war.

Sophia Jones

Syrian Rebel Commander: Why Joining Extremists Was My Last Resort

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.25.2014 | World

ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Haj Faraj is fed up. The 36-year-old Syrian rebel commander, who says he leads a small brigade of 50 fighters just over the border,...

Sophia Jones

These Syrian Refugee Photos Tell An Unlikely Story Of Human Resiliency

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

Hundreds of Syrians cross the border into Jordan every day on foot. Some are the elderly walking with children and grandchildren, leaving a lifetime b...

Sophia Jones

Syrian War Drives Religious Minorities From Historic City

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.13.2014 | World

ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Azur Havre stands over a lunch of steaming meatballs in a courtyard owned by Sister Barbara Kallash, a quirky German nun who runs a...

Max J. Rosenthal

'Everyone Is Running And Falling On The Ground, Dying And Suffocating'

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- The rockets came in the early morning, shattering both the peace and the buildings as the residents of Moadamiyeh were barely standing up fr...