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Why Did Turkey Dare Shoot Down a Russian Plane? The Proxy War in Syria

The Turkish government decision to down a Russian jet operating in the north of the Syrian province of Latakia is breathtaking in its boldness.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE

Tensions Flare as Vladimir Putin Calls Turkey’s Downing of Russian Jet ‘Stab in the Back’

A volatile situation hangs in the balance as Moscow and Ankara express mutual disgust and worries reverberate over the regional and global implications of the latest incident along the Syrian border.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE

Russia Bombs Near Turkey as U.S. Forces Prepare to Arrive in Syria ‘Very Soon’ (Video)

Turkey’s government was very unhappy Monday about developments in Syria.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE

For Paris: On Russian Missiles Hitting Syria as Islamic State Oil Facilities Are Targeted (Video)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian airstrikes on the eastern province of Deir al-Zor killed 36 on Friday—a week after the Paris attacks claimed by Islamic State. But bombing alone will not win the war with the militant group.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE

From the Vague to the Bombastic: Republican Reactions to Islamic State

The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren’t making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. And Chris Christie went not just over the top but around the bend.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Rift Narrows as Presidents Talk Cooperation on Syria

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear ready to cooperate militarily as the bitter rift over Ukraine gives way to a common interest in combating Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

What Would President Obama’s Critics Do About Islamic State?

As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama’s caution in the fight against Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as “weak” and “feckless” should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

Are Russian Athletes Doping? Like the Women’s Swim Team?

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

On the Verge of the Great Unraveling: The View From 2050

As everyone now knows, the spirit of integration imbued in international trade pacts would go down to defeat as the bloodlands of the 20th century gave way to the splinterlands of the 21st. The sense of disintegration and disunity that settled over our world came at precisely the wrong moment. We needed more unity, not less.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

As the Missions Creep in Iraq and Syria, Lawmakers Ask: Will We Ever Vote on War?

A bipartisan group of 35 House members issued an open letter calling for a congressional vote on war authorization “as quickly as possible.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

In Rare Victory, Syrian Army Breaks Islamic State Siege of West Aleppo

The extensive Russian bombing campaign in support of the Syrian Arab Army of the Bashar Assad regime has yielded fewer victories than Moscow had hoped for, and some have been reversed by al-Qaida, Islamic State or other fighters.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

9/11 Mastermind Urges Unity Between al-Qaida and Islamic State Against Russia and the U.S. (Video)

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for unity between al-Qaida and Islamic State (Daesh) in the face of American, Russian and Shiite forces in Syria.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

Putting U.S. Boots on the Ground in Syria Risks Conflict With Turkey, Not Russia (Video)

The White House announcement Friday that the U.S. will keep “less than 50” special-ops troops at a headquarters of the Kurdish YPG in northeast Syria for purposes of training and strategic counseling raised concerns in some quarters that Russia might inadvertently bomb American troops.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE

Why Islamic State Is a Vast Exaggeration and Can’t Actually Shoot Down Planes (Video)

Islamic State (Daesh) in the Sinai Peninsula made a big deal of claiming it shot down a Russian airliner Saturday morning. It did not.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE

Did Russia Change the Facts on the Ground in Syria on the Eve of the Vienna Summit? (Video)

Russia went into Friday’s Vienna talks on Syria in a much strengthened position and could not be very easily dismissed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE

Edward Snowden Calls E.U. Vote to Offer Him Protection From Extradition a ‘Game-Changer’

The former N.S.A. contractor-turned-whistleblower, who has been living in Russia, also called it “extraordinary.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE

Armchair War-Gaming Isn’t Helping Syrians

Leading lights of the left say we should be prodding great powers to force compromise on Syria. This is not our job. Our duty is solidarity with the oppressed and the tortured.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. and Russia Are Wrangling Over the Iraqi Sphere of Influence (Video)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi is alleged to be under “enormous pressure” from Shiite militiamen and hard-liners to seek Russian airstrikes on Islamic State (Daesh) targets.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE

Is Russia’s Offer of Parliamentary Elections in Syria Serious? (Video)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said three surprising things Saturday in an interview with state-owned television channel Rossiya 1.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

The True Issue With Netanyahu’s Speech About the Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister’s inflammatory speech is more troubling than it may appear on the surface; Russian politicians are attempting to make it illegal to come out as gay; Bernie Sanders could use American history to explain socialism. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE

What If They Gave a War and Everyone Came?

What if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Let’s take a big-picture tour of the Middle East and try to answer those questions.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE

The Aleppo Strategy Against Islamic State: Can It Work?

The Washington Post was the first to broach the issue of Russo-Iranian grand strategy in Syria.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Christians Fear the West Is Backing Al-Qaida’s Leader in Syria as He Calls for Attacks on Alawites

The leader of al-Qaida in Syria, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, has called for an escalation of bombings on the population centers of the Alawite Shiite minority.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE

American Hypocrisy: GOP Against Sharia Law at Home but Sees Its Backers as ‘Moderates’ in Syria

The same GOP politicians who denounce all U.S. Muslims for allegedly wanting to impose Sharia on all Americans are talking about the Syrian rebels who want a Sharia society as “moderates” and “U.S. allies” being targeted by Russia. 

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE

Putting Out the Syrian Fire: Can Diplomacy Do What War Couldn’t?

In late September, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., corralled 54 of his colleagues into asking President Obama for international negotiations toward ending the Syrian civil war—and, reportedly, Obama is listening.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE

Syrian Army Advances Under Russian Air Support as al-Qaida’s No. 2 Is Killed (Video)

Under Russian air support, the Syrian Arab Army of Bashar Assad has made some advances against al-Qaida and hard-line Salafi rebels fighting for imposition of Shariah, or their conception of Islamic law, on Syria.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE

Will the U.S. Arming of Kurdish-Led Northeast Rebels in Syria Provoke Turkey? (Video)

Not only is the U.S. supply of weapons to rebels in the northwest in danger of fueling a proxy war with the Russian Federation, but Washington’s supply of weaponry to the Democratic Forces of Syria sets up a proxy struggle with its own NATO ally, Turkey.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

Putin Gets the News

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

Does Obama Have a Syria Strategy? Putin Does. (Video)

In his “60 Minutes” interview Sunday, President Obama made some remarks on Syria. But do they add up to a policy?

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

Syria Air Traffic Control

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE

Bush and Cheney’s Final Failure: Many in Iraq Seek an Alliance With Russia (Video)

The Iraqi government in Baghdad, threatened by Islamic State and frustrated by the Obama administration’s foot-dragging in taking it on, seems increasingly tempted by a Russian alliance.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. to Ax $500 Million Scheme to Train Syrian Rebels

As the Russian military intervenes directly to support the Syrian government, the U.S. will end a $500 million program to train and equip “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

A Poet Captures the Devastation of the Syrian War

Syrian-American hip-hop artist and poet Omar Offendum shares his thoughts on the crisis in his home country in an intimate conversation on the “Uprising” radio program.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

What Is Russia’s Strategy in Syria and Why Does Egypt Approve?

Over the past week and a half, its strategy is becoming more apparent.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Facing Islamic State Propaganda, Russia Denies Its Campaign in Syria Is a ‘Holy War’ (Video)

Remember when George W. Bush lapsed and called his Iraq War a “crusade”? He had to back off that religious rhetoric really quickly because he needed Muslim allies.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

Is There a Russian-Iranian Dispute Over the Fate of Syria’s Bashar Assad? (Video)

Russia and Iran may not see eye to eye about the future of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad after their military intervention in the civil war.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

Syria Lies

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

Why Does the U.S. Care If Russia Bombs al-Qaida and Its Allies in Syria? (Video)

President Obama on Friday pledged not to turn Syria into an arena for a proxy war between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. But he went on to criticize President Vladimir Putin for attempting to prop up Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

Moscow and Kiev in ‘Positive Mood’ After Talks in Paris on Ending Ukraine Conflict

Russian and Ukrainian officials expressed cautious optimism following discussions in which Russia pushed for Ukraine to take back legal control of eastern territories.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Russian Airstrikes in Syria: What’s Really Going On?

President Obama commented Friday that Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria is driving moderate opposition underground and “only strengthening” the terror group Islamic State. So, what are the Russians really doing in Syria and why? Are they bombing Islamic State, or just saying they are?

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Why Obama and Putin Are Both Wrong on Syria

President Obama seemed awfully defensive in his speech at the United Nations on Monday. It’s because while his own plans to defeat Islamic State have failed, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has gotten militarily involved in the fight against the group—with the help of Syria’s Bashar Assad.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Syria Is Now Flying Russia-Supplied Drones and Fighter Jets Against Islamic State (Video)

There are signs that Russian arms supplies to the Bashar al-Assad regime are beginning to make an impact in the fighting.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

With the Iran Deal and Russia in Syria, Is Israel Being Boxed In?

With the success of the Iran deal virtually assured and with Russia moving into Syria, Israel’s hawks are facing an unprecedented setback.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

What People Around the World Think of America After Trump’s Bewildering Rise

Americans are no strangers to embarrassing exports. But when it comes to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, we may have outdone ourselves.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

As Russia Supports Iran in Syria, Netanyahu Loses Yet Again (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his circle appear to have three major concerns about Russia’s military build-up in Syria.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Germany Seeks Talks With Russia Over Syria as Putin Conducts Naval Maneuvers Off Tartous (Video)

Cypriot officials are reporting that Russia has asked them to alter airline routes this week because it is planning naval military maneuvers off the Syrian coast near its leased naval base, Tartous.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

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