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Is the Obama Administration Losing Its Collective Mind over the Islamic State?

Doug Bandow The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. His officials reportedly have decided to focus on overthrowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the name of fighting the Islamic State. The U.S. Show More Summary

President Obama wants advisers to review Syria strategy

President Obama wants his advisers to review the administration’s Syria strategy amid increasing speculation that it will be impossible to defeat Islamic State militants while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains in power, CNN reported Wednesday.

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- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is considering a UN proposal for a ceasefire in Aleppo - Dean Baker: "Election Results Indicate Huge Mandate for New Trade Pacts" - President Barack Obama: We need "the strongest possible rules" inShow More Summary

Syria rebels, Qaeda capture key southern town: monitor

2 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

Syrian rebels and Al-Qaeda seized the southern town of Nawa Sunday from troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad after months of intense fighting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syria rebels, Qaeda capture key southern town: monitor

Syrian rebels and Al-Qaeda seized the southern town of Nawa Sunday from troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad after months of intense fighting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Nusra threatens Hezbollah: ‘The real war in Lebanon is yet to begin’

The leader of Syria’s al Qaeda rebel wing threatened attacks against the Shi’ite Muslim militant movement Hezbollah in Lebanon in coming days that he said would make it regret fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Lebanon...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia mobilizes clergy, media against extremist recruitment

For Saudi Arabia, the war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a vital struggle for the future of the Middle East that must be fought – but not by its own young men. Alarmed by how jihadi veterans back home from Afghanistan and...Show More Summary

U.S. sees Syria rebels in political, not military solution, report

The United States does not expect Syrian rebels it plans to train to fight Islamic State militants to also take on President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, but sees them as a crucial part of a political solution to end the war, a senior U.S. Show More Summary

Woman Quits Teaching for ISIS, Then Quits ISIS

A Syrian elementary school teacher says she joined ISIS to help topple President Bashar al-Assad, but ended up fleeing the group for her life. Covered in a niqab and calling herself Khadija, she tells CNN that she initially enjoyed demonstrations against al-Assad and came to hate the chaos and bloodshed...

These Are The Women Battling ISIS

Meet the YPJ, an all-women, all-volunteer military faction in Syria formed to defend the Kurdish against the deadly attacks led by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an al-Qaeda affiliate, and ISIS.

Syria’s Assad makes rare public appearance at Eid prayers

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance on Saturday, attending prayers on the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday at a mosque in Damascus, state media said. State media and Assad’s official Twitter feed posted photos of the embattled president praying alongside the...

Syria’s Alawites protest against the Assad regime for first time

Member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect took to the streets in the city of Homs on Thursday to protest the horrific twin bombing at an elementary school. The protest was the first of its kind by members of the Alawite...Show More Summary

"The Islamic State was born out of the ashes of Al Qaeda in Iraq, which was crippled by the time Mr. Obama withdrew American forces from Iraq at the end of 2011."

"The civil war that erupted in neighboring Syria pitting President Bashar al-Assad against a variety of rebel organizations provided a haven for the Qaeda affiliate to reconstitute itself with an influx of foreign fighters. 'To anyone...Show More Summary

Russia’s FM defends Assad, urges US to join him in fighting terrorism

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on the U.S. to put aside ideology and join forces with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to fight Islamic State, saying the world now knows which represents the bigger threat. “We have toShow More Summary

Sept. 24: A day in the life of a devastated Syria

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

In Syria right now, the United States in participation with other countries is bombing select Islamic State sites, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are continuing to shell towns, and tens of thousands of Syrians are fleeing to neighboring Turkey. Here are images from just one day in Syria: Sept. 24, 2014. U.S. airstrikes On Wednesday, Syrians […]

A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing

For those to whom the recent US campaign against Syria seems a deja vu of last summer's "near-war" attempt to ouster its president Bashar al-Assad, which was stopped in the last minute due to some very forceful Russian intervention and the near breakout of war in the Mediterranean between US and Russian navies, it is because they are. Show More Summary

Jacob Sullum Lists 6 Ways Obama Contradicts Himself in Waging War on ISIS

2 months agoNews : Reason

A year ago, before public and congressional opposition changed his mind, President Obama planned to attack the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a brutal dictator whom he said had to go. This week Obama switched sides in Syria's...Show More Summary

Syrian regime Propaganda coup as Israel Downs Syrian Plane over Golan

By Juan Cole Israel shot down a Syrian MiG fighter jet on Tuesday, saying it had penetrated into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights. The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad took…

US told Iran of intent to strike Islamic State in Syria -report

The United States informed Iran in advance of its intention to strike Islamic State militants in Syria and told Tehran that it would not target the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Iranian official told Reuters. “Iran...Show More Summary

Hezbollah chief opposes U.S.-led action in Syria

The leader of Hezbollah said on Tuesday he opposed U.S-led air strikes on Syria, where his Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group has been fighting alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose group is one...Show More Summary

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