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Kurds Close to Control of Northeast Syria Province, Portending a Shift in the War

yesterdayNews : NYTimes: News

A cease-fire with the Syrian government puts Kurdish militias much closer to control of Hasaka Province, which would be the third lost by President Bashar al-Assad.

Ankara’s Fear of Kurdish State Drives Turkey to Compromise Over Assad

The Turkish leadership "has given a green light" to Bashar al-Assad playing a role in Syria's interim government, Turkish journalists note, assuming that at the core of a potential thaw lies Ankara and Damascus' intent to preserve Syria's territorial integrity.

Obama reportedly declined to enforce red line in Syria after Iran threatened to back out of nuclear deal

President Barack Obama infamously drew a "red line" with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria only to back away from it, and we now know why. Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon, who recently wrote a book called "The...Show More Summary

U.S.-Backed Kurds: ‘Surrender or Die’

2 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

In a critical battle, Washingtons most effective allies in Syria turn their attention away from fighting ISIS and toward the militias of Bashar al-Assad.

Five years into Syria war, battlefield is at its most chaotic

Syria's civil war appears to be entering a dangerous new phase, as President Bashar al-Assad's regime battles Kurdish troops for control of Hasaka

Kurdish Militia Launches Offensive to Push Assad Regime From Hasaka City

3 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

Kurdish militiamen have launched an operation to capture the last districts under the control of the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the northeastern city of Hasaka, they said Monday. YPG forces began an assault on theShow More Summary

The Post-Obama Syrian Playbook

The current president is right that America can’t win the war against Bashar al-Assad. Here’s how his successor can avoid defeat.

Turkey to Expand Military Role in Syria, Says Assad May Be Part of Transition

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced on Saturday that Turkey is going to take more active role on Syria in next six months. He also announced Turkey’s position that President Bashar Al-Assad can be part of transition in Syria.

Why Turkey 'Could Very Likely Make Concessions to Russia, Iran on Syria'

Forced by geopolitical circumstances Turkey is very likely to make concessions to Iran and Russia on Syria; at the same time, Ankara has seemingly softened its stance toward the Baathist Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad.

In Russia's Strikes on Syria, a Surprising First

Russia has been dropping bombs on Syria for nearly a year now in its bid to help President Bashar al-Assad win his civil war, but Tuesday marked an important first in the fighting: Russian bombers took off from a base in Iran for strikes on Aleppo and two other provinces....

Hillary’s Top Surrogate Accuses ‘Trump and His Friend Putin’ of ‘Founding ISIS’

Taking to the Sunday show circuit Senator Claire McCaskill ran roughshod over any semblance of logic or foreign policy coherence associating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with Daesh to make the fantastical cognitive leap that Russia ‘founded’ the terror group.

Secret File Confirms Trump Claim: Obama, Hillary 'Founded ISIS' to Oust Assad

The Obama Administration’s policy of supporting Salafist opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad saw the United States unwittingly support the creation of the Daesh 'caliphate' in Syria.

EXCLUSIVE: Support of Military Forces Top Priority for Syrian Finance Ministry

On July 3, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced the lineup of the new government, the first to be formed in the era of the New People's Council. Sputnik Arabic sat down with the country’s new Finance Minister, Mamun Hamdan, to talk about Syria’s wartime finances.

Syrian rebels' Aleppo success complicates strategies of Assad and Russia

BEIRUT (Reuters) - In breaking a Syrian government siege on opposition-held areas of Aleppo, insurgents have set back President Bashar al-Assad's hopes of using Russian air power to reclaim a vital city and speed the end of the five-year conflict.

Why US Needs Russia and Iran to Deal With Syrian Crisis Settlement

US proponents of a bombing campaign against Bashar al-Assad in Syria forget that the settlement will require the positive cooperation of Russia and Iran, CIA veteran Paul Pillar writes, warning against increasing US airstrikes in the region.

No, It’s Still Not a Good Idea to Bomb Assad: New at Reason

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

The war drums keep getting beat. Matt Purple writes: Washington foreign policy gurus still can't get over the idea that we ought to be bombing Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Now, like clockwork, another piece has appeared in The New...Show More Summary

US Adopts Double Standard Approach Toward Use of Chemical Weapons

Washington has long adopted a double-standard approach toward the use of chemical weapons in Syria: it turns a blind eye to glaring misdeeds of the Syrian rebels, pointing the finger of blame at Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, the US has a long record of supplying chemical weapons to conflict zones.

Former CIA deputy director: I want to scare Bashar al-Assad

"I want [Syrian President Assad] to think: 'This is not going to end well for me,'" Morell told Charlie Rose in a discussion about the Syrian civil war

If Hillary Becomes US President, She 'Will Look for Excuses to Bomb Damascus'

The Obama administration has maintained that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go, but it has largely refrained from using military force to enforce its "red lines." But if Hillary Clinton moves into the White House, she will pursue a more muscular foreign policy in the war-torn country.

Syria’s rebels unite to break Assad’s siege of Aleppo

Soon the rebels were sharing pictures of abandoned artillery and a smashed portrait of President Bashar al-Assad on Twitter, flaunted as triumphant proof that the army was routed and opposition forces were within a few hundred metres of their besieged comrades.Hours later, the people of east Aleppo were dancing in the street, as rebels and […]

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