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Syria’s opposition must unite before Geneva II

Syria’s opposition must unite before Geneva II

He who listens to some of the Syrian opposition leaders’ conditions for attending the Geneva II conference can tell how distant they are from the difficult political reality. One of them announced a list of demands and said those organizing the Geneva II conference must fulfill these demands...

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The Army of Islam Is Winning in Syria

The Army of Islam Is Winning in Syria

The situation inside Syria has just gotten a lot more complex. Syria's exiled opposition and the United States have invested heavily in propping up the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as a counterweight to radical groups that emerged as key players in areas liberated from Bashar al-Assad's rule....

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Are Greek Neo-Nazi mercenaries fighting for Assad in Syria?

Are Greek Neo-Nazi mercenaries fighting for Assad in Syria?

Not every report to emerge from Syria is bad news for Bashar al-Assad. Yes, the world's jihadists may be  flying  from Accrington to Aleppo to fillet his soldiers with bullets. But it turns out Bashar has violent friends in far-off places, too. Since the conflict began in 2011,...

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   Al-Raqqa, Bitter loss for Assad and Iran

Al-Raqqa, Bitter loss for Assad and Iran

The falling of Al-Raqqa city has been a big loss to the Syrian regime, even if some observers think that the forgotten city has nothing to attract Damascus government we shouldn't forget that the main three dams that affiliate to the remote city – within Euphrates dam- considered the main...

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Al Qaeda in Syria: We Fought FSA Because It Conspired With John McCain Against Us

Al Qaeda in Syria: We Fought FSA Because It Conspired With John McCain Against Us

This is an interesting letter issued by the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria ISIS about its battles in Azaz, Aleppo, against the Free Syrian Army's group, Asifat al Shamal (Northern Storm). Address: Aleppo, northern countryside, the emirate of Azaz   On Wednesday,...

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  Oponion: Palestinians in the Diaspora over Syria's war

Oponion: Palestinians in the Diaspora over Syria's war

 The majority of Palestinians in Syria live in 13 refugees camps, besides other clusters outside camps in Damascus like al-Tadamon, Kaboun,  Rokn al-Din, Kafr Sooseh, al- Hajar al-aswad, Yalda, al-Moadamiyeh, Jdaydet Artooz Palestinians who live in gatherings outside...

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In Syria, Rebels Without a Plan

In Syria, Rebels Without a Plan

Now that it seems unlikely the U.S. will hit Syria militarily, the rebels need a new strategy. Jamie Dettmer reports on the tough odds facing the opposition. President Obama’s acceptance of a Russian-brokered proposal to strip Syrian president Bashar al-Assad of his...

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Opinion: General Idris, Moderate figure amid armed opposition

Opinion: General Idris, Moderate figure amid armed opposition

  Brigadier General Salim Idris, Chairman of Rebels Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commander of the Supreme Military Council (SMC) of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), is widely considered a moderate figure within the Syria's armed opposition, besides his credibility among rebels'...

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Why Syria’s images of suffering haven’t moved us

Why Syria’s images of suffering haven’t moved us

In the  Odessa Steps scene  of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 film  “Battleship Potemkin,”  a boy no more than 3 or 4 years old is shot by czarist troops. Bleeding, he falls to the ground, where he is trampled by a frantic crowd fleeing the massacre. His anguished mother...

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The PKK-KDP row steadily evaporates Kurdish hope in Syria

The PKK-KDP row steadily evaporates Kurdish hope in Syria

The fierce competition between the proxies of the two mainstream Kurdish factions in Syria’s Kurdish areas, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) may sabotage Kurds’ best opportunity to achieve self-rule within Syria in a century. The Democratic Union...

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Obama's Proposed Attack On Syria Shrinks And Shrinks

Obama's Proposed Attack On Syria Shrinks And Shrinks

The attack the U.S. is threatening Bashar Assad with for alleged chemical weapons use will now be an "unbelievably small, limited kind of effort." Is America becoming a paper tiger? When the White House's foreign policy team aren't dissembling or dithering, they can be found fudging,...

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Syria's nonviolent resistance is dying to be heard

Syria's nonviolent resistance is dying to be heard

Much of the  debate over U.S. intervention in Syria  boils down the conflict there to a clash between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and an armed rebellion in which al-Qaeda affiliates play a significant role. Typically ignored in that conversation are the voices of the...

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The Syria Vote: Why Obama Wins If He Loses

The Syria Vote: Why Obama Wins If He Loses

Sometime this week, Congress will begin voting on a resolution that would support President Obama’s proposal to launch limited strikes against the military forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad as retribution for their use of chemical weapons.  Although  Washington  is...

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Who Is Ali Habib? Syria's Highest-Ranking Military Defector

Who Is Ali Habib? Syria's Highest-Ranking Military Defector

 Ali Habib is well known in Syrian society mostly because he served as the chief of staff between 2004 and 2009 (known to young draftees and hence families).    Life   General Ali Habib was born in 1939 in Safita, Tartous. He graduated...

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Can Obama Make the Case for an Attack on Syria?

Can Obama Make the Case for an Attack on Syria?

With America's credibility tarred, persuading anyone other than France and Britain will be difficult. It was perhaps the greatest "Perry Mason moment" in the history of the UN Security Council. When U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson challenged his Soviet counterpart, Valerian Zorin, to...

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The risk of taking on Syria

The risk of taking on Syria

So the U.S. launches a military strike. Then what? As the Obama administration and the  U.S. military  plot military action against Syria, they should be spending just as much time — and arguably more — considering what happens next. Once Washington crosses the threshold of...

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Attacking Syria is about saving face, not saving lives

Attacking Syria is about saving face, not saving lives

The moral outrage is all over this debate. As the West prepares to launch airstrikes against the Syrian regime in retaliation for its alleged use of chemical weapons, lines of global leaders and their cheering commentators are using a superior sense of morality to justify it. Last year, Obama...

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Sooner or later Assad will fall, Readers contribution

Sooner or later Assad will fall, Readers contribution

 This contribution by our reader Mohamed Al-Masri,Zaman Alwasl to publish the article without editing or censorship.     Syria's regime represented in Bashar al-Assad had fallen long ago; it has fallen only emotionally, logically, humanly and even...

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