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The ‘White Helmets’ and the Inherent Contradiction of America’s Syria Policy

By embracing the anti-Assad message and imagery of the White Helmets, that organization’s supporters are furthering the messaging used by Al Nusra Front, its affiliate organizations and Islamic State to recruit followers around the world.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Jets Almost Tangle With Syrian MiGs, Which Bombed an Area With Embedded U.S. Troops

A new round of fighting between Kurdish YPG fighters and the Syrian army could drag the United States into war.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



Dragon Rising? China Seeks Closer Military Cooperation With Syria

A Chinese official on a visit to Damascus announced that Beijing intends to strengthen its military relationship with the Syrian government, but affirmed that China would avoid involvement in the civil war.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



Do Russia’s First Strikes on Syria From Iranian Air Bases Change Everything? (Video)

Russian bombers for the first time took off from bases in Iran to carry out airstrikes on rebel targets in Syria—a move that is unprecedented in recent decades and raises many questions.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



Seven Reasons the U.S. Could Not Have Forestalled the Syrian Civil War

Americans are practical people, and they incorrectly believe that all problems have relatively simple solutions. 

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Residents in Syrian Town Celebrate Freedom From Islamic State (Video)

Men shaved their beards, which had been imposed on them by the fundamentalists, and women threw off their burqas and burned them in the northern town of Manbij on Saturday.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE



Is Russia Deepening Cooperation With U.S. in Syria, or Is It Hitting Bases Used by U.S.? (Video)

Russian warplanes recently bombed a Syrian base used by the U.S. and the U.K. At the same time, the Arabic press commented on a Washington Post report that the U.S. and Russia are jointly striking al-Qaida in Syria.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



U.S.-Kurdish Force Moves on Islamic State at Manbij, and Turkey Goes Ballistic (Video)

Less than two weeks after the Syrian Democratic Forces announced their campaign against al-Raqqa, the capital of the phony caliphate of Islamic State, the SDF instead has veered off to the west in a bid to capture Manbij.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Special Ops on Front Line With Syrian Kurds in Offensive Against Islamic State

Agence France Presse got the scoop last week, reporting that special operations troops were embedded with Kurdish People’s Protection Units and wearing their insignia, participating in combat against the I.S. stronghold in northern Syria.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



U.S.-Backed Kurds Begin Campaign Against Islamic State in Northern Syria (Video)

The left-leaning Beirut daily al-Safir newspaper discusses the beginning of a new campaign by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic State in the northern half of al-Raqqa Province.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Centcom Commander in Syria to Coordinate Kurds and Arabs Against Islamic State

The head of the U.S. Middle East Command, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, was there to assess American progress in training the Syrian Democratic Forces division.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



The Top 4 Reasons Iran Will Stand by the Syrian Government Despite the War’s High Casualty Count

On Saturday, Iran announced that 13 members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps had been killed and 21 wounded when the al-Qaida-led Army of Islam fundamentalist Sunni coalition took the village of Khan Touman near Aleppo.

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In Syria, Rebels From East Aleppo Strike Hospital in Government-Held West Aleppo (Video)

Muslim fundamentalist rebels, including al-Qaida, took revenge Tuesday on West Aleppo for the heavy government bombardment of East Aleppo that has killed dozens in the past week, including at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders.

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Syria: As Fierce Fighting Reignites, Aleppo Is on Brink of ‘Humanitarian Disaster’ (Video)

Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, saw a worrying outbreak of violence last week that could fatally undermine the cessation of hostilities that had held between most Free Syrian Army units and the Syrian Arab Army.

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Syrian Cease-Fire in Tatters as al-Qaida and Allies Attack South of Aleppo (Video)

The rebel opposition allied with al-Qaida broke the cease-fire Saturday morning, taking several villages and towns in the southern hinterlands of Aleppo.

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Putin Says Russia Can Ramp Back Up in Syria ‘Within Hours’ (Video)

The Russian president made several important points about Syria in a speech Thursday.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



Would a Syrian Kurd Defeat of Islamic State Help Democrats Win the White House in 2016?

This has been a war with a lot of seesawing, so it is premature to make any decisive pronouncements. But this is an election year, and if Islamic State is defeated in Syria in 2016, it could vindicate President Obama’s strategy.

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In Syria, 500 Turkey-Backed Sunni Arab Fighters Cross to Defend Azaz From Kurds (Video)

On Thursday morning, according to the Syria Observatory and the Arabic press, some 500 Sunni Arab rebels based in Turkey crossed back into Syria to help defend the town of Azaz from the YPG militia of Syrian Kurds, which is advancing on the city.

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Syria: The Mother of All Battles for Aleppo Is Joined

Aided by a massive Russian bombing campaign and Hezbollah and Iranian reinforcements, the Syrian Arab Army has broken out of the siege imposed on west Aleppo by rebel forces in the north and now seems positioned to besiege east Aleppo, which is under rebel control.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 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



Top 10 Reasons Governors Are Wrong to Exclude Syrian Refugees

About half of U.S. governors have announced opposition to allowing their states to take in Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks. It’s a form of political hysteria.

Posted on Nov 17, 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.

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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



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


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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


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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.

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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.

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VIDEO: Is Russia Ramping Up Its Military Involvement in Syria?

Reuters reports, based on sources in Beirut, that Russia is increasing its involvement in Syria, backing the military of beleaguered dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



Al-Qaida Captures Commander in Free Syrian Army, Which Has Ties to U.S.

The 30th Infantry Division of the moderate Free Syrian Army says the al-Qaida-linked Support Front captured one of its commanders and several troops Wednesday.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE



As al-Qaida Defeats ‘Moderate’ U.S. Allies in Syria, Will the U.S. Ally With al-Qaida?

President Obama’s impossibly complicated plan for dealing with the Islamic State group involves a de facto alliance with Iran in Iraq and training up a “third force,” essentially creating a new, “moderate” Free Syrian Army to attack al-Qaida and ISIL.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



Syria: Islamic State Takes 150 Christians Captive as 3,000 Flee to Hasakah (Video)

Al-Nahar reported that dozens of Assyrian Christians have been abducted by the Islamic State group (also known as Daesh) in Hasakah Province, northeast Syria.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Republican Scott Walker Pitches a Possible Syria War to Make Us Like Him

Likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s governor, says he might favor sending U.S. ground troops to mount a conventional war against Daesh (Islamic State) in Syria or at least wouldn’t rule it out.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



Airstrike in Syria: Is Israel Trying to Help al-Qaida Fight Against Hezbollah and Iran?

There are several questions around the Israeli helicopter gunship strike on Mazari` al-Amal in Syria’s Quneitra Province, which killed Hezbollah personnel and an Iranian general.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Whatever Happened to Besieged Kurdish City of Kobane, Syria?

Kurdish forces, supported by Free Syrian Army troops and coalition air strikes, have largely recovered Kobane from rule by Daesh (called Islamic State in the West).

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE



Big Setback for the Obama Administration’s Syria Policy as Moderate Stronghold Falls to al-Qaeda

The al-Qaeda affiliate Succor Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) took the town of Deir Sunbul and its environs this weekend away from the Syria Revolutionaries Front, a relatively secular-minded group viewed as “moderates” by the United States.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



Is Egypt Going the Way of Syria?

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for 3 months in parts of the province of North Sinai after two attacks by Muslim radical groups in that province left 30 Egyptian soldiers dead.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE


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Would a U.S./NATO War in Syria Be Legal in International Law?

Efforts are being made in Congress to give President Barack Obama the formal authority to conduct airstrikes in Syria against ISIL.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE


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A Widening War: Iraq Intervenes in Syria With Helicopter Gunships

For the first time, Iraqi helicopter gunships have crossed the border to hit a target inside Syria.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE


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