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Was Putin right about Syria?

10 hours agoNews : BlogPost

What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, the West was gearing up for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was accused of carrying out chemical weapons attacks on his own people. That intervention never came to pass, not least because domestic public opinion in countries such as […]

Was Putin right about Syria?

10 hours agoNews : BlogPost

What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, the West was gearing up for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was accused of carrying out chemical weapons attacks on his own people. Show More Summary

Britain 'will not work with Assad' to combat IS

13 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to combat Islamic State (IS) fighters in the country and his permission would not be needed for any military intervention, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday. Hammond...Show More Summary

I Was Gassed by Bashar al-Assad

A year ago, a chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of my neighbors and friends. But the greatest tragedy is Obama's refusal to punish the murderer in Damascus.

How The Assad Regime Benefitted From Gassing Its Own People

On August 21st, 2013, the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad committed one of the most shocking war crimes of the 21st century, gassing nearly 1,500 people to death in Ghouta, outside of Damascus. Assad's regime, which facedShow More Summary

Syria sees Islamist threat bringing detente with West, but not soon

By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria is wagering that Islamic State's push to reshape the Middle East will eventually force a hostile West to deal with President Bashar al-Assad as the only way to tackle the threat. While Assad's forces...Show More Summary

Congress' craven approach toward the war on ISIS

A year ago this month, President Obama announced his intention to launch military strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who had crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons against his own people. There was...Show More Summary

Guardian: The Rise of ISIS

This article originally appeared in The Guardian: Abu al-Mutasim, 18, from a Syrian border town in the province of Deir Ezzor, joined the rebellion against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in early 2012. He left his family home...Show More Summary

Lebanon must rein in Hezbollah, says Syrian opposition chief

The shocking rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its rampage across Iraq has taken attention away both from the conflict in neighboring Syria and the other organizations seeking the downfall of Bashar Al-Assad’s government. Show More Summary

Snowden Reveals NSA Intervention In Syria, Hacking Program Compelled Him To Leak Documents

Many in the media have conjectured that supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were responsible for a series of Internet outages in Syria in 2012. But National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden claims at least one was caused by the United States Government. Show More Summary

Sisi and the curse of Rabaa

The King Abdulaziz necklace is the highest honour the Saudi Kingdom can bestow on international statesmen. It has graced the necks of such "men of high standing" as George W Bush, Vladimir Putin, and Bashar al-Assad. On Sunday, the Custodian...Show More Summary

Assad regime unwilling to allow Syrian refugees to return: Lebanon M.I.

Lebanon’s Interior Minister Nohad Mashnouq said Bashar al-Assad’s regime is unwilling to allow any Syrian refugees to return home after the majority of a large refugee convoy was refused entry into Syria Last week. “The Syrian regime...Show More Summary

How Obama Helped Extremism Grow in Iraq

The uprising against the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad was still young when moderate rebels made their plea to Washington: Provide us with arms so we might fight the dictator — and prevent the rise of more extremist groups. But President...Show More Summary

Obama Coddles Assad to Please Iran, Endangering Millions (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

From quietly colluding with Iran to tamper with the Iraqi elections and keep Nouri Maliki in office – even though he lost, to looking on passively as Bashar al-Assad goes about bombing, torturing, and otherwise killing his Syrian opponents, the Obama Administration has convinced L’Orient Le Jour columnist Michel Touma that it is either disconnected [...]

Middle East to Rebrand

To: Benjamin Netanyahu, Whoever is in charge of Libya, Abdel el-Sisi, King Abdullah, Whoever is in charge of Iraq, Mahmoud Abbas, Bashar al-Assad, Whoever is in charge of ISIS, Ali Khamenei, Whoever is in charge of Lebanon From: Steven Clifford, CEO, Strategic Branding Strategies RE: Rebranding Israel invades Gaza, Hamas fires rockets at Israel. Show More Summary

If liberal elites really cared about Gazan children …

We remarked upon the jaw-dropping hypocrisy of the U.S. media in virtually ignoring tens of thousands of children murdered in Syria by jihadists and President Bashar al-Assad while endlessly castigating not Hamas, but Israel, for the horrible but inevitable deaths of innocents in Gaza who were used as human shields for terrorists in order to ring […]

Syrian opposition explode bombs in tunnels under Aleppo

Opposition forces in Syria exploded bombs in tunnels under Aleppo late on Tuesday and killed at least 13 fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the northern city, a group tracking the violence said. The bombs were placed in two...Show More Summary

Syrian Military Defector ‘Caesar’ to Testify on Capitol Hill Thursday

The former Syrian military crime-scene investigator who helped document years of suspected torture and killing under President Bashar al-Assad is scheduled to tell his story to U.S. lawmakers on Thursday.

The Argument For Obama Working With Assad Against ISIS Just Got A Lot Weaker

In the three weeks after Josh Rogan of The Daily Beast reported that some on the Obama administration advocated " a de facto alliance" with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to fight ISIS extremists, substantial evidence of the regime's crimes and internal planning have surfaced. Show More Summary

Pepe Escobar: A chessboard drenched in blood

``As much as Bashar al-Assad in Syria had absolutely no motive to "gas his own people" - as the hysterical narrative went at the time - the Eastern Ukraine federalists have no motive to down a civilian airliner. And as much as Washington...Show More Summary

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