Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

The good news: the U.S. and Turkey are supposedly making progress on a deal whereby the U.S. would declare a small buffer zone along Syria’s border with Turkey in return for An...(full article)

The Middle East’s most influential figure is faceless, a challenge for the region bigger than the threat of ISIL or the rise of Iran. It is the refugee crisis in Syria, a namel...(full article)

Someone's got to clean toilets and fetch water for Islamic State militants, but a would-be Indian jihadi who traveled all the way to Iraq to fight for the armed group came home i...(full article)

Influence, legacy of DPRK weapons industry extends beyond original Syrian government clients....(full article)

Amid the mayhem of civil war, huge money is to be made from stealing and selling archeological treasures from Iraq and Syria. ISIS ambitions are fueling an already huge black marke...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

U.S. Foreign Policy After Obama - Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

As Republicans are looking to formulate a post-Obama foreign policy, they would do well to avoid Obama’s fundamental errors. Like our Western allies, Republicans must go beyo...

The Secular Jihad in Kobani - Crispian Cuss, Al Jazeera

Western fighters on the Kurdish front lines is a counter-narrative to the thousands of foreigners who have joined ISIL....

The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East - George Friedman, Stratfor

The United States withdrew from Iraq hoping that Baghdad, even if unable to govern its territory with a consistent level of authority, would nevertheless develop a balance of power...

Rand Paul Declares War on ISIS - Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast

The Kentucky senator, seeking to define himself as a foreign policy heavyweight ahead of 2016, will introduce a measure in the Senate next month declaring war on the terror group....

A Look at Obama's Syria Options - Henri Barkey, The American Interest

Press reports suggest that President Obama has ordered a review of Syria strategy (though the White House is denying this). He has already made it clear that he does not favor dire...

U.S. Has Nothing to Gain from Intervention in Syria - J.D. Stuster, RCW

After three years of strategic ambivalence followed by three months of strategic shift, President Barack Obama may be considering another change in strategy for Syria. He's conveni...

Bashar Al Assad Looks Comfortable as Ever - J. Bowen, New Statesman

In Damascus, the war seems to have receded. The city no longer shakes quite so much from the cracks and booms of outgoing artillery fire. The Syrian armed forces have taken ground ...

Congress Should Debate Obama's New War - Los Angeles Times

This is a new and different war — not a repeat of the George W. Bush-era conflicts — and Congress must debate the wisdom, or folly, of using force....

Thinking About post-ISIS Geopolitics - Ronald Tiersky, Huffington Post

IS has already put into place certain aspects of a normal state. A recent New York Times article noted that it not only has a flag, it has also created courts (a religious judicial...

Iran Hardly Needs Nukes to Be a Threat - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

In just under a week, the Iranians and the Americans say, they will present an answer to Iran’s nuclear programme. In reality, they are only likely to raise more questions....

ISIS's Institutional Brutality may Be Working - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Scattered reports from inside ISIS-controlled territory have painted an awful picture of life under the militant group's rule. But a brand-new UN report, compiled from interviews w...

Congress Must Act on War Authority - New York Times

Military Action in Syria Requires a New A.U.M.F....

Westerners Among ISIS Executioners - Megan Specia, Mashable

When a graphic video surfaced this weekend, claiming to show that ISIS militants had beheaded the American aid worker Peter Kassig, investigators across the world quickly took noti...

A United GCC Benefits Everyone - The National

Syria will also benefit from a united GCC after the current crisis is eventually replaced by peace. While there is no imminent prospect of this, when calm does return the GCC is th...

The Kurds Rise from the Ashes of Syria - Michael Totten, World Affairs

Syria no longer exists. The tyrannical regime of Bashar al-Assad governs parts of what’s left of it. The psychopathic Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) controls another l...

How ISIS Is Winning Women - Vivienne Walt, Time

Sahra, from Lézignan-Corbières in a wine-producing region of southern France, never went to school that day. Instead, she took a train to a nearby airport and flew alone to Tu...

The Risk of Nation-State Conflict - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

While it is difficult to see into the future at all and impossible to make detailed predictions, everything we know about history and human development suggests that the 21st centu...

Inside the Mind of a British Suicide Bomber - James Harkin, Newsweek

If Kabir Ahmed is dead, as suspected, he will have become Britain’s first ISIS suicide bomber. For those struggling to understand why a 30-year-old with a wife and three chil...

The Declining Relevance of Despots - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Karl Marx had a phrase for the kind of tyranny that has existed in parts of the developing world in our era: "oriental despotism." In an article in an 1853 edition of The New York ...

Kurds Fight for a New Kind of Democracy - K. Manoharan, Conversation

The struggle for Kobane is an event of global significance on a par with the Declaration of Independence, the Storming of the Bastille, the Paris Commune, or the Vietnamese victory...

A Killer Al Qaeda-ISIS Alliance - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

U.S. airstrikes have helped drive ISIS and al Nusra together, and the Khorasan group is trying to cement the deal. The big losers: Everybody else—except Assad....

9 Truths About the War on Islamic State - John McLaughlin, Ozy

What are the hard realities we’re dealing with? And, given that U.S. officials say it could take up to a year to train and field a ground force to combat the Islamic State in...

Is ISIS Minting Gold and Silver Dinars? - Gilad Shiloach, Vocativ

Some ISIS supporters were enthusiastic about the new currency rumors, while other online observers seemed to think it wasn’t the most economically sound idea....

ISIS Leader May Be Dead, and It Doesn't Matter - Juan Cole, IC

Rumors are swirling that ISIL leader Ibrahim al-Samarra’i (who goes by the nom de guerre of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) was severely wounded and that some of his chief lieutenants ...

U.S. Hits Hard at ISIS Leadership - Erin Cunningham & Missy Ryan, WaPo

U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes on what U.S. officials said was a gathering of Islamic State commanders near the militant-held city of Mosul on Friday, in one of the most promin...

Obama's Letter to the Ayatollah - Matthew Lee & Julie Pace, Associated Press

In a rare outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in S...

Canada Should Be Wary of Greater Middle East Role - The Star

It’s early days yet but Canada already faces pressure to ramp up its military commitment against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria....

ISIS vs the Taliban in the Battle for Recruits - Yousafzai & Seibert, Vocativ

As America and the West continue their fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the Taliban is trying to prevent its rank and file from joining the jihadi group....

ISIS on the Run in Iraq - Riyadh Mohammed, Fiscal Times

After a string of victories by Iraqi and Kurdish forces against ISIS over the past two weeks, the rumors started popping up online: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, had be...

How the Middle East Got to This Point - Conrad Black, National Review

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...

With This Congress, Expect More Middle East Tangles - Juan Cole, IC

The GOP may see Obama as not ultimately committed to keeping US troops out of Iraq and Syria, and will almost certainly attempt to force him to put more boots on the ground (John M...

A Plan to Heal Syria? - David Ignatius, Washington Post

With U.S.-backed "moderate" opposition forces on the run in northern Syria, a mediation group is proposing an alternative strategy for local cease-fires and a gradual de-escalation...

Where Has Obama Gone Wrong? - Andrew Sullivan, The Dish

Crisis-management? Well, what would the GOP have done with respect to Russia? As it is, that country is more isolated internationally than ever and is being punished economically b...

After Kobani, Save Aleppo - Laurent Fabius, Washington Post

Aleppo is caught between the regime’s “barrel bombs” and Daesh’s cutthroats....

A Look at How ISIS Smuggles Oil - Mike Giglio, BuzzFeed

The oil brings Omar to town weekly, huddling with grease-covered men to negotiate the purchase of faded, 17-gallon drums. A Syrian in his thirties, Omar was once a proud rebel in h...

When Are We Going to Admit Assad Stays? - Joshua Keating, Slate

Assad has almost certainly committed war crimes, and is almost certainly continuing to do so. Just last week, an army helicopter dropped a barrel bomb—one of the most deadly an...

The Progressive Syrian Revolution Lives Yet - Mais Istanbelli, Worldcrunch

The majority is angry because Western countries target Islamist groups while allowing the regime a free hand to kill and destroy for four years....

The West Cares Not What's Best for Turkey - Rabee Al-Hafidh, Daily Sabah

American provocation of Turkey and the attempts to embarrass and compromise Turkey's political and security positions, both locally and internationally, are nothing new....

Turkish Military Angry With Peshmerga Move - Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

The Turkish military is said to be riled and to have informed the government of its opposition to seeing Iraqi Kurdish fighters in Turkey....

America's New Middle East Quagmire - Fred Kaplan, Slate

America’s campaign against ISIS has already lost its way....

Middle East Chaos Finds Roots at Versailles - Marc Grossman, Daily Star

The summer of 2014 was a season of analogies and anniversaries. European leaders commemorated the start of World War I. Russian President Putin’s annexation of Crimea and des...

Leaving Lebanon, Land of Dashed Hopes - Michael Karam, The Spectator

Escaping the shadow of the Islamic State to a changed country....

Whose Side Is Turkey On? - Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books

Turkey’s volte face was the latest in a series of miscalculations it had made about developments in Syria since the first uprising against Assad in 2011....

Embryonic Democracy in Northern Syria - K. Zurutuza, Inter Press Service

Located 700 kilometres northeast of Damascus, Amuda hosts the headquarters of the so-called “Democratic Self-Management of Jazeera Canton”. Along with Afrin and the bes...

Vietnam and ISIS - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

Obsessed with communism, America intervened in Vietnam’s civil war and took the place of the French colonialists. Obsessed with jihadism and 9/11, are we now doing the biddin...

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