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ISIS and the possible scenarios after controlling Raqqa and Deir Ezzor

ISIS and the possible scenarios after controlling Raqqa and Deir Ezzor

( Juroor )- Raqqa was the first governorate to be out of the regime control, also the first governorate to be under full control of ISIS and may become the first governorate to be governed by Americans!  Regardless of the needed duration for the absolute control of the...

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Iran Is Still Using Pseudo-Civilian Airlines to Resupply Assad

Iran Is Still Using Pseudo-Civilian Airlines to Resupply Assad

( Washington Institute fro Near East Policy )- As the aviation community and international media fixate on recent Boeing and Airbus orders by Iranian airlines, Tehran continues to quietly purchase secondhand aircraft and parts through smaller companies, actively circumventing...

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A Safe Zone in Southern Syria: Jordan's Role

A Safe Zone in Southern Syria: Jordan's Role

 By David Schenker (The Washington Institute)- In recent weeks, fighting has intensified in southern Syria as Russian warplanes and Bashar al-Assad's forces seek to retake the city of Deraa. Located on the main highway to Damascus, Deraa is only a few miles north of the Jordanian border,...

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How Assad and His Apologists Manipulated Syria’s Struggle and Story and Why That Matters

How Assad and His Apologists Manipulated Syria’s Struggle and Story and Why That Matters

(Atlantic Council)- Ever since it kicked off this macabre dance by shooting a bunch of teenagers in 2011, the Assad regime has masterfully manipulated Syria’s struggle—and story. Not only has it escalated, militarized, and radicalized the struggle, from a peaceful contest for control that...

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Trump's migrant crackdown

Trump's migrant crackdown

(Daily Mail)- President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration Wednesday, beginning with steps to tighten border security - including his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.  The president is also expected to take action over the next few days to...

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Obama’s Biggest Mistake

Obama’s Biggest Mistake

(The Ringer)- Let me start by making this clear: I want to like President Obama. I want to revere him as one of our nation’s greatest presidents. I want to believe that our imperfect but self-correcting democracy somehow got it right and elected one of its best people to lead it for eight...

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Iran sent 18,000 Afghan militiamen to Syria: study

Iran sent 18,000 Afghan militiamen to Syria: study

(Middle East Institute)- While much ink has been spilled about how Iran’s involvement in the Syrian civil war has fueled sectarianism and instability in the Arab world, the implications of Iran’s increasing recruitment of Afghan and Pakistani Shiites on security and stability in South Asia...

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Photo of dead Syrian boy boosts fundraising 100-fold

Photo of dead Syrian boy boosts fundraising 100-fold

An iconic photo of three-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi washed up dead on a Turkish beach had a greater impact on fundraising efforts for Syrian refugees than hundreds of thousands of deaths, a study has shown. The photo of Kurdi appeared in media across the world in the days after he...

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Why is there war in Syria?

Why is there war in Syria?

(CNN)- According to the UN, more than 400,000 people have died in Syria's civil war. Thousands of these victims have included women and children caught in the crossfire In the most recent horrific scenes, children were said to have been burned alive as the Syrian government...

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Al-Qaeda Steps Back to Let Nusra Move Forward in Syria

Al-Qaeda Steps Back to Let Nusra Move Forward in Syria

By Hassan Hassan and Bassam Barabandi (The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy)- In a well-publicized announcement on Thursday, Jabhat al-Nusra announced that it was changing its name in order to distance itself from the al-Qaeda brand. The maneuver was a well-executed public relations...

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Syria war could spark confrontation between powers: think-tank

Syria war could spark confrontation between powers: think-tank

The chance of unintentional confrontation between foreign powers involved in Syria has risen as its five-year-old conflict turns into a proxy war influenced by increasingly engaged outside powers, a European think-tank said on Wednesday. Foreign countries are involved on both sides, with...

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Belgium largest source of European fighters in Syria per head: study

Belgium largest source of European fighters in Syria per head: study

French, Germans and Britons make up the highest number of foreign fighters in the Syrian rebel ranks from European countries, but Belgium is the largest contributor in proportion to its population, a Dutch study shows. Europeans fighting alongside Islamist groups in Syria and Iraq...

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Why doesn’t Obama seem to listen to Syria experts?

Why doesn’t Obama seem to listen to Syria experts?

(Brookings- Shadi Hamid)- U.S. policy toward Syria is a fascinating, if depressing, case study. Many of my friends and colleagues who work on Syria—nearly all of them, in fact—have been baffled by President Obama’s approach to the Syrian conflict. The administration’s apparent...

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U.S. sees bearable costs, key goals met for Russia in Syria so far

U.S. sees bearable costs, key goals met for Russia in Syria so far

Three months into his military intervention in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved his central goal of stabilizing the Assad government and, with the costs relatively low, could sustain military operations at this level for years, U.S. officials and military analysts...

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Azmi Bishara: Some 'Arab liberals' are nothing of the kind

Azmi Bishara: Some 'Arab liberals' are nothing of the kind

Why are we at pains to clarify some concepts, including concepts like liberalism? Politics in some of our countries have become so dismal because legitimate and just demands of the people have been met with full-blown warfare by the regimes. These oppressive regimes became parties to a...

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Syria: The Need for Diplomacy and De-escalation

Syria: The Need for Diplomacy and De-escalation

  (Council On Foreign Relations- Philip H. Gordon) Of all the factors currently tearing the Middle East apart, none is more consequential than the war in Syria.  The war has left some 250,000 Syrians dead, seven million internally displaced, and three million forced to flee to...

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How Proxy Wars Work And What That Means for Ending the Conflict in Syria

How Proxy Wars Work And What That Means for Ending the Conflict in Syria

(Foreign Affairs)- With U.S.-made antitank missiles finding their way to Syrian rebels and Russian fighter jets pummeling the same rebels and supplying the Bashar al-Assad regime with antiaircraft missile systems, it might seem easy to describe the battle in Syria as a proxy war. But that...

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Divide and Conquer in Syria and Iraq

Divide and Conquer in Syria and Iraq

By Barak Mendelsohn (Foreign Affairs)- The October bombing of a Russian airliner above Sinai , followed quickly by the November Paris attacks , created a broad international consensus that the Islamic State ( ISIS ) is on the march and must be stopped. The United States had...

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