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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

2 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

Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi: Syrian IRGC Militia

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi. Flanked by the flags of Syria and Iran, the top reads: “Fawj Qamr Bani Hashim.” The centre consists of a flag with the inscription:  “Labbayk ya Hussein.” At the bottom is the name Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi. Show More Summary

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and Civil Society in Jabal al-Summaq

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi The formation of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (‘Liberation of al-Sham Commission’- HTS) has understandably provoked fear of a total jihadist/al-Qa’ida takeover of Syria’s rebel-held northwest, centred around Idlib province. Show More Summary

Akram al-Hawrani: Syria’s Left-Wing Populist and the United Arab Republic – By Christopher Solomon

Akram al-Hawrani: Syria’s left-wing populist and the United Arab Republic By Christopher Solomon For Syria Comment – February 15, 2017 Gamal Abdul Nasser (left) with Akram al-Hawrani (center) and Egypt’s Abdul Latif al-Baghdadi (right). Show More Summary

Further Response to Roy Gutman: Balancing the Picture

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi In his reply to my comments on his recent piece for The Nation, Roy Gutman takes exception to my supposed challenge to his “professional integrity.” I should thus begin by emphasizing that I did not intend my...Show More Summary

Yes, Syrian Kurds Have Committed War Crimes – Roy Gutman Responds to Aymenn Tamimi

Roy Gutman Responds to Aymenn al-Tamimi on “Have the Syrian Kurds Committed War Crimes?” By Roy Gutman – @Roy_Gutman For Syria Comment – February 12, 2017 Any journalist covering a controversial topic like alleged war crimes can expect...Show More Summary

A Response to Roy Gutman’s “Have the Syrian Kurds Committed War Crimes?”

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi A recent article in The Nation by Roy Gutman has generated considerable controversy, as the article attempts to highlight what it portrays as the more unsavoury and neglected aspects of the Democratic UnionShow More Summary

The rise and fall of a CIA-backed rebel commander in Syria – by @ErikaSolomon

This is a wonderful and important article by Erika Solomon. @ErikaSolomon for the Financial Times. I have cut out sections, marked with a “….” The rise and fall of a CIA-backed rebel commander in Syria: Former ‘fixer’ for anti-AssadShow More Summary

The KRG’s Relationship with the Yazidi Minority and the Future of the Yazidis in Shingal (Sinjar)

This article was published January 31, 2017 by NRT, a media service in Iraqi Kurdistan. The original article is available here. The KRG’s Relationship with the Yazidi Minority and the Future of the Yazidis in Shingal (Sinjar)   by Matthew...Show More Summary

A Post-National Framework for Peace and Stability in the Middle East – by Sam Farah

A Post-National Framework for Peace and Stability in the Middle East Sam Farah – txtwxe@google.com For Syria Comment – January 2017 The Syrian crisis, about to enter its sixth year, has created the largest humanitarian disaster since the Cold War, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and creating the worst refugee crisis of our generation. Show More Summary

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