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End of US Support for Syrian Rebels Sounds Death Knell for Attempt to Roll Back Iran & Russia in Syria – By Joshua Landis

Terminating CIA Support for Syrian Rebels Sounds Death Knell for Western Attempt to Roll Back Iran and Russia in Syria. By Joshua Landis For Syria Comment – July 20, 2017 Trump’s termination of CIA funds to Syrian rebels signals the death knell for Western efforts to roll back Iranian and Russian power in the Levant. Show More Summary

Resolving Article 140: Settling the Issue of Iraq’s Disputed Territories Ahead of an Independence Referendum for Kurdistan

This article was published July 13, 2017 by NRT, a media service in Iraqi Kurdistan. The original article is available here. Photos and Images have been added to this re-post that were not present in the original.     by Megan Connelly...Show More Summary

Rollback? Trump’s Iran claims not just flawed but dangerous – by Steven Simon

Rollback? Trump’s Iran claims not just flawed but dangerous. Steven Simon argues that Trump’s view on Iran is not only analytically flawed, but also dangerous. July 5, 2017 Previously published on IISS blog By Steven Simon, John J. McCloy...Show More Summary

Assad cracks down on loyalist militias in Aleppo

by Aron Lund Half a year after expelling the city’s anti-regime rebels, the Syrian government continues to face problems in Aleppo. Though civilians have trickled back to the eastern neighborhoods – there’s now more people living there...Show More Summary

Farewell to Ibrahim “Abe” Soliman: A Syrian-American Who Worked for Peace between Syria and Israel – By Geoffrey Aronson

Farewell to Ibrahim “Abe” Soliman: A Syrian-American Who Worked for Peace between Syria and Israel By Geoffrey Aronson For Syria Comment – June 10, 2017   Abe Soliman, Jeff Aronson in middle, and Alon Liel at the Bnot Yaacov Baily bridge over the Jordan River “Hey, it’s Akiva. Show More Summary

Nationalism Between Europe and The Middle East – By Sam Farah

Nationalism Between Europe and The Middle East By Sam Farah For Syria Comment – June 9, 2017 Steven Bannon, the man behind the nationalist policy in the Trump administration, is quoted as saying, “I think strong countries and strong nationalist movements in countries make strong neighbors. Show More Summary

The SSNP’s Military: The Eagles of the Whirlwind & Their Emblem – By Jesse McDonald

The SSNP’s Military: The Eagles of the Whirlwind By Jesse McDonald For Syria Comment – June 5, 2017 Nusur al-Zawba’a and Some Figures from Syria Since 2016 The Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), like many political parties in the...Show More Summary

The Scramble for Eastern Syria

2 months agoMiddle East / Syria : Eighth Gate

Home > The Scramble for Eastern Syria Saturday, June 3, 2017 The Scramble for Eastern Syria With ISIS Weakening, the Game Is On Andrew J. Tabler ANDREW J. TABLER is Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the author of In the Lion’s Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington’s Battle with Syria [1]. Show More Summary

The End of the PKK in Sinjar? How the Hashd al-Sha’bi Can Help Resolve the Yazidi Genocide

This article was published May 30, 2017 by NRT, a media service in Iraqi Kurdistan. The original article is available here. Photos and Images have been added to this re-post that were not present in the original.   by Matthew BarberShow More Summary

China, the U.S, and the Future of the Middle East – By Sam Farah

China, the U.S., and the Future of the Middle East By Sam Farah for Syria Comment – May 1, 2017 Richard Fontain, and Michael Singh propose Chinese – US cooperation to stabilize the Middle East in a recent article: The United States and...Show More Summary

Reconciliations: The Case of al-Sanamayn in North Deraa

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Photo from al-Sanamayn, April 2017. It is often thought that the regime has a grand strategy for suppressing the rebellion in the western half of the country that constitutes the main conflict within the Syrian civil war. Show More Summary

Revisiting the Malki Affair – By Christopher Solomon

Revisiting the Malki Affair By Christopher Solomon @Solomon_Chris For Syria Comment – April 23, 2017 On April 22, 1955, a charismatic young Syrian army officer was gunned down on a football field. The assassination of Adnan al-Malki brought about the one of the first political crackdowns in Syria’s history. Show More Summary

Katibat Dir’ al-Watan: New Sub-Unit of the Fifth Legion

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Katibat Dir’ al-Watan. On top: Dir’ al-Watan. On bottom: “The Special Force.” Note the Russian and Syrian flags in the emblem’s centre. Note also the cedar of Lebanon on the bottom of the emblem. When...Show More Summary

Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by Tam Hussein

By @tamhussein I entered Najiyeh, a small town of no consequence, without their permission. The town claimed to be an ISIS principality. The claim seemed ridiculous but as we drove in to the town it seemed less so. They had fixed the prices, the markets were bustling, even the gold shops were open. Show More Summary

Altering Assad's Course

3 months agoMiddle East / Syria : Eighth Gate

POLICYWATCH 2781 Andrew J. Tabler Also available in ??????? April 6, 2017 As the Trump administration decides whether to pursue a limited military response, it should use existing international legal mechanisms to pressure Damascus and Moscow right away. Show More Summary

Russia’s Escalation in Syria: Making It Tougher to Fight ISIS? – By Nicholas A. Heras

Russia’s Escalation in Syria: Making It Tougher to Fight ISIS? By Nicholas A. Heras – Bacevich Fellow, Center for a New American Security @NicholasAHeras For Syria Comment: April 8, 2017 On Thursday, the Trump administration decided to fire 59 cruise missiles from U.S. Show More Summary

Century Foundation Roundtable on Syria

by Aron Lund A lot of Syria writing tends to be focused on current events, veering toward the very small, the very recent, and the very local. We’re all breathlessly racing to keep up with the latest developments in a stunningly complicated...Show More Summary

Revenge Being Meted Out on ISIS linked Sunni Tribes of Iraq – FrontLine “Iraq Uncovered”

This Front Line documentary — “Iraq Uncovered‘ — on Iraqi Sunni tribes & the revenge that is being meted out on them by Shia militias that follow behind US and Iraqi regular military is a cautionary tail for Syria. The same thing isShow More Summary

Why the U.S. Should Team Up with the Kurds & Not Turkey to Take Raqqa and Destroy the Islamic State

Why the U.S. Should Team Up with the Kurds & Not Turkey to Take Raqqa and Destroy the Islamic State By Joshua Landis For Syria Comment – March 18, 2017 The problem with letting the Turks hold Raqqa and presumable the entire Euphrates Valley that is now held by ISIS is that they are doing […] The post Why the U.S. Show More Summary

Three Points Regarding Syrian Refugees and President Trump’s Travel Ban – By Sam Farah

Three Points Regarding Syrian Refugees and President Trump’s Travel Ban By Sam Farah For Syria Comment – March 16, 2017 The Travel Ban of Syrian Refugees Fleeing the War in Syria is Inhumane The situation is Syria is “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” That’s according to António Guterres, the U.N. Show More Summary

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