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The Struggle for Syria


Obama and Congress Just Made it Easier For Trump to Arm Syrian Rebels
Anti-aircraft weapons sent to vetted moderate rebels could end up in the hands of extremist groups as many work in coalition together, says journalist Ben Norton

  January 16, 2017

U.S. Media Neglects to Report on Al-Qaeda's Presence Among Syrian Rebels
Journalist Rania Khalek, who recently returned from Syria, says that the rebels are despised even by many of those who loathe the government

  January 11, 2017

Russia Announces Syria Ceasefire Deal That Excludes the US
Author Reese Ehrlich details the many reasons why the deal could fall apart

  December 29, 2016

Aleppo, Mosul, and the US Strategy of Permanent War
The United States attempts to secure its national security interests in Syria and Iraq by sustaining conflict rather than pursuing political solutions, says professor Sabah Alnasseri

  December 27, 2016

Russian Ambassador Assassination Part of Retaliatory Attacks Following Retake of Aleppo
As the Syrian government takes control of more territory, fighters pushed out of the country may take out their rage on Russia and regional governments like Turkey and Jordan, says Vijay Prashad

  December 19, 2016

Following Rebel Defeats in Aleppo, Will Trump and Putin Keep Assad Regime in Power?
Zenab Ahmed of Souciant.com discusses the change in relations between the US, Russia, Syria and Iran that could come when Trump takes office and how the battle of Aleppo will weaken international law

  December 14, 2016

The End of the Battle of Aleppo Won't Stop the Syrian Civil War
''Inside Syria'' author Reese Erlich says widespread propaganda combined with a lack of independent reporting makes it difficult to get an accurate picture of the reality on the ground in Aleppo

  December 13, 2016

Vijay Prashad: The Battle for Aleppo is Over
Several U.S. administrations have pursued a strategy of arming rebels to fight in proxy wars, and it has created a catastrophe in the Middle East, says Vijay Prashad

  December 8, 2016

Rojava: An Experiment in Radical Direct Democracy Within a War-Torn Country
Janet Biehl discusses the significance and the achievements of the political project in Northern Syria that's led by the Kurds

  December 5, 2016

Pro-Regime Forces in Syria Respond to Trump's Election by Escalating Military Offensive
The only way to stop counterrevolutionary forces like the Islamic State is to end imperialist support for authoritarian regimes and foreign intervention in the region, says Joseph Daher

  December 2, 2016

Is Assad Poised to Reclaim East Aleppo?
Some 20,000 Syrians have fled rebel-held areas in the past two days, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross

  November 29, 2016

Is the US Headed Towards War in Syria?
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is concerned about Clinton's foreign policy record and the fact that many of her advisors resemble those who served in the first George W. Bush administration

  October 26, 2016

Obama Holding Further Military Involvement in Syria, But Will the Next President?
The Russian government sees the next few months as a window of opportunity to secure their interests in Syria before the next administration takes office, says former CIA analyst Ray McGovern

  October 24, 2016

'Neutral' First Aid Responders in Syria Promoting Regime Change
Journalist Max Blumenthal shares his latest investigation into the public relations firm Syria Campaign and the USAID-backed White Helmets, both of which are calling for a no-fly zone in Syria

  October 5, 2016

US and EU Sanctions Are Devastating Syrian Civilians
They have resulted in a worsened humanitarian crisis and the empowerment of Assad, yet show no signs of being lifted soon, says journalist Rania Khalek

  September 29, 2016

U.S. Policy in Syria: Regime Change or Regime 'Facelift'?
Ashley Smith says Assad and the international players in Syria share a common goal: undermine popular revolt

  September 23, 2016

Can a Lebanon-Style Solution End the Syrian War?
The conflict will not come to an end until the US and Russia make their respective clients agree to an imposed settlement or else face an immediate arms embargo, says journalist Charles Glass

  September 20, 2016

The Israel Factor in the Syrian Ceasefire
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says there is a temporary convergence of various powers to have a ceasefire, but the Israeli leadership thinks that an endless war serves its interests

  September 12, 2016

US and Russia Agree to Cessation of Hostilities in Syria
As Syrian opposition groups retreat from the demand that President Assad step down, a ceasefire agreement becomes more feasible, says Vijay Prashad

  September 10, 2016

Turkey Seeks to Crush Kurdish Aspirations for Statehood
Vijay Prashad, author of 'The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution,' says cracks are forming in the alliance between the US, Turkey, and Gulf monarchies

  September 4, 2016

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