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Jul 25, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Bombing Hospitals in Syria

The Washington Post reported that the Assad regime, continuing its reign of terror, bombed four hospitals in Aleppo yesterday. Here is a part of the Post report:   A relative calm in the nor…

Apr 7, 2017

Syria
Will Syria Yield to the Chemical Weapons Ban?

Syria’s breach of its treaty obligations has led to broad international support for U.S. military action, says CFR’s Lori Esposito Murray.

Feb 3, 2017

Syria
Why Syria’s War Grinds On

As diplomatic efforts to broker a settlement to the civil war have so far come up short and the Islamic State retains a foothold in the east, a segmented Syria will likely experience reduced but pers…

Mar 29, 2012

United States
Abandoning Syria

With 9,000 Syrians dead and the Assad regime increasingly isolated and under political, moral, military assault, it appears that the Obama Administration has made its choice: it is abandoning efforts…

Aug 2, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
More Chemical Weapons in Syria

The Assad regime continues to attack its own population with chemical weapons. The weapon now is chlorine gas, the very thing outlawed after its use in World War I. Here is Reuters:   A Syri…

Apr 28, 2017

Syria’s Civil War
Rebel fighters train in western Deraa governorate. Who’s Who in Syria’s Civil War

Syria’s civil war is being fought on multiple fronts by an array of combatants whose alliances, capabilities, and in some cases motives have been in flux.

Sep 2, 2015

Putin in Syria

Most Americans are aware of the aggressive Russian actions in recent years in Ukraine (seizing Crimea and participating in efforts to destabilize the rest of the country) and Eastern Europe. What is …

Feb 2017

Turkey
Reconciling U.S.-Turkish Interests in Northern Syria

Overview Since spring 2015, Turkey has suffered a wave of high-profile terror attacks linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). In response, Turkey deploy…

Feb 24, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Syria Delusions, Round Two

In 2012, the group that is supposed to be the senior national security team--the secretary of state (Hillary Clinton), secretary of defense (Leon Panetta), and CIA director (David Petraeus)--urged Pr…