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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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