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الجمهورية العربية السورية

Turkey may be plotting to install a reliable, Ankara-friendly pseudo-government in northern Syria....(full article)

Turkey is heading down a very dangerous path toward violence, with the potential of a civil war and/or intercommunal fighting. This would be very bad news. Even worse, the PKK and ...(full article)

After more than 400 coalition airstrikes, the countries opposing the Islamic State have gained a fighting chance, but they have yet to slow the group’s momentum or to markedl...(full article)

In the distance, black smoke is swirling from the western and northern sides of Kobani, the last redoubts of the few hundred YPG fighters who are there fighting for their lives. Th...(full article)

Isis has turned the internet into the most effective propaganda tool ever....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Washington Should Apologize to Kurds - Benny Avni, New York Post

While America is in an apologizing mode, how about expressing some regrets to the Kurds and others who for years begged for help in fighting against their (and our) enemies, but go...

A Nuclear Deal with Iran Is no Panacea - Kevin Sullivan, The Week

Washington wants Iran isolated and on the cusp of insolvency. Iranians are not oblivious to this fact, and in spite of their rather cosmopolitan disposition, Iranians overwhelmingl...

The Kobani Slaughter - Jerusalem Post

Nations intone “Never again,” but we are watching a human catastrophe happen as Western powers fail to employ their massive resources....

When Is a War Not a War? - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post

When is a war not a war? Does it matter, when a bomb is dropped or a missile launched, whether it’s called “counterterrorism,” or “armed conflict,” or...

US Complicit in Kobani Catastrophe - Washington Post

The Obama administration seems to have settled on a blame-Turkey defense for a possible humanitarian catastrophe in the Syrian city of Kobane. It’s convenient and not entirel...

The United States Doesn't Care About Syria - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

The anti-ISIS coalition has one goal: save Iraq....

Turkey Is Right: In Syria, It's About Assad - Frederic Hof, Atlantic Council

Whether Turkey is truly prepared to do a heavy lift in Syria is far from certain. What is beyond doubt is its unwillingness to do so while the United States holds its coat with its...

Kobani Undermines Obama's Entire Policy - New York Post

Even in the teeth of US airstrikes, ISIS continues to advance on this Syrian town near the Turkish border....

The Risk of Reigniting a Turkish War - Hugh Pope, The Guardian

Whatever happens to Kobani, it is only by sorting Turkish and Kurdish differences inside Turkey that the two sides can begin thinking the unthinkable about facing Isis together. An...

Should German Police Ban Kurdish Marches? - The Local

Violence between Islamists and Kurds on Germany's streets this week has prompted some conservative politicians to call for a ban on demonstrations, amid fears further protests will...

Freedom Is a Value, but so Is Stability - Christiane Hoffmann, Spiegel

Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?...

An Appeal to the Turkish Prime Minister - Bahman Ghobani, Daily Beast

Just a few steps from the borders of your country, one of the worst disasters of this decade is taking place at the same time that you have accepted your position as prime minister...

Every ISIS Victory Is an American Defeat - David French, National Review

Charles Krauthammer is exactly right that Kobani’s fall would represent a “tremendous strategic and symbolic victory” for the terrorist group. In concrete terms t...

The Fear of Greater Chaos - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...

Erdogan's Dangerous Game - New York Times

Turkey’s refusal to fight ISIS hurts the Kurds....

Erdogan's Peace with the Kurds Is Collapsing - The Economist

THE contrast could not be starker. On one side of a barbed-wire fence, beneath plumes of smoke from air strikes and amid the rattle of gunfire, the bearded fighters of the self-pro...

Obama May Succumb to Mission Creep - Fred Kaplan, Slate

President Obama is practically allergic to “mission creep,” the slow but out-of-control expansion of a war’s aims, terrain, and scope. But he’s coming under...

The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk - Reva Bhalla, Stratfor

Turkey's behavior can be perplexing and frustrating to Western leaders, but the country's combination of reticence in action and audacity in rhetoric can be traced back to many of ...

Obama Has no Strategy - Malcolm Fraser, The Guardian

Air power alone will not make a difference in Iraq. Barack Obama, and his allies, have the worst strategic understanding possible of what they claim is an existential threat....

Russia, West Face Common Threat - Karasik & Galustian, Moscow Times

Washington and Russia need to stop their dangerous games in bankrupted Ukraine because the Islamic State and its affiliates are a much larger threat, especially considering that th...

Why IS Beheads - Robert Pape, Michael Rowley & Sarah Morell, Politico

The Islamic State’s brutality has a strategic logic....

Fiddling While Kobani Burns - Steven Cook, Foreign Policy

Turkey is talking tough about the Islamic State. But it’s still not ready for war....

The Failing Air Campaign Against ISIS - Washington Post

Two months after the United States began airstrikes in Iraq, and two weeks after they were extended into Syria, the forces of the Islamic State are still advancing....

Turkey, It's Time to Act - The Independent

The campaign, in President Obama’s words, to “degrade and destroy” the organisation may take years. It could however be drastically shortened – if only Turk...

IS Set to Exercise Border Control - Michael Werz, National Interest

If the city of Kobani falls, it will be both a human tragedy and a strategic setback — and a key part of a long-term solution to the Syrian conflict is likely to die with the...

Obama Ignores Panetta's Warning - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

Say this much about President Obama: He does not engender a lot of loyalty from his inner circle....

Too Much Air Against IS - Frederick & Kimberly Kagan, LA Times

A desultory bombing mission isn't going to defeat Islamic State....

Rebels Seize Russian-Syrian Spy Base - Rogin & Lake, The Daily Beast

Syrian rebels have overtaken a joint Russian-Syrian secret facility that they claim was a covert intelligence collection base. Opposition fighters say the post was used to snoop ...

Will Nobody Rescue Syria's Kurds? - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Islamic State forces have moved into parts of the Syrian town of Kobani, suggesting that a desperate defense by mainly Kurdish fighters will soon collapse. The town has been Isl...

ISIS Dares Turkey to Save Kobani - Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

Turkey, for its part, seems ambivalent about its role in the fight. While it says it won't let ISIS take over the town, it also hasn't joined the effort to stop the group and doe...

Pakistan's Lessons for Turkey - M. Tanchum & H. Karaveli, New York Times

Turkey’s current situation resembles the early years of Pakistan’s sponsorship of the Taliban. The Islamic State is recruiting militants in Turkey. And failure to clean...

Why We Should not Pay Ransoms - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

Ransoms are not the answer. Such payments not only sustain the market for future kidnappings, but – worse still – help groups like Isil prosper, grow, and kill thousand...

Why One Fighter Defected from ISIS - Mike Giglio, BuzzFeed

Despite U.S.-led efforts to combat ISIS in Syria, it may be people like Abu Omar who determine how much the fight succeeds — those who have decided to leave ISIS, or even tur...

Turkish Inaction and an ISIS Triumph - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Kobani has become the Kurds’ Alamo as they fight ISIS in Syria. Nobody’s coming to help them, and if and when they fall, the repercussions will be felt for years to come....

The Coalition's Damaging Aimlessness - Hassan Hassan, The National

As the US-led offensive against ISIL inside Syria enters its 10th day today, there already appears to be a growing public backlash in Syria against the campaign....

Even if U.S. Defeats ISIS, It Will Lose - Andrew Bacevich, Washington Post

As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extend into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield X...

Jihadists Won't Be Repelled Easily - Jonathan Rugman, New Statesman

You see, there are good Kurds and bad Kurds in western foreign policy: some we help and some we don’t....

ISIS Extends Its Reach - Benjamin Barthe, Worldcrunch

Unlike al-Qaeda, which was always meant to operate on a global level, ISIS has been much more linked to its territory in Syria and Iraq. But that's now starting to change....

Obama's Betrayal - Andrew Sullivan, The Dish

We elected Obama precisely to be calm and sane enough to be able to resist what he has now done. He betrayed us. His policy, such as it is, is utterly incoherent and as free from a...

Kissinger's Last Appeal for Realism - Vartan Oskanian, Al Jazeera

The bear knows seven songs and they are all about honey - I don't know if that's an Armenian saying or a Russian one, but it's true for Kissinger as well. All of his songs are abou...

The Fatal Flaw in the Fight Against ISIS - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

The west is left leading an intervention that lacks a clearly defined political ambition and a military exit strategy. Stemming the jihadi tide to prevent the collapse of Iraq was ...

Goodbye to Syria's Last Good Guys - Joshua Hersh, The Daily Beast

In November of 2012, Iyas Kadouni, an activist from the town of Saraqeb in northwestern Syria, grew disenchanted with the abuses of some rebel brigades in the area. A few days ea...

Truman's Israel Policy Can Teach Obama on IS - James Fromson, WOTR

In early 1948, Harry Truman’s policy of support for the partition of Palestine — and thereby the creation of the state of Israel — appeared dead in the water. As ...

American Incompetence In a World Going Mad - John Podhoretz, NY Post

An intruder made his way across the White House lawn and through the building almost to the Obama living quarters before being stopped by a Secret Service officer who was off duty:...

The Viability of a Syria-Israel Buffer Zone - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

With the US still unwilling to lead efforts to create buffer zones around Syria, complicated challenges remain for neighboring states....

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