Syria

Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One

Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One

February 6, 2019

While Trump is withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, he is ramping up aggression against Iran — acting both less and more hawkish than his intelligence agencies. Trita Parsi says Washington is violating international law in its campaign to isolate and strangle Tehran

Trump Admin. Backtracks on Promise to Withdraw Troops from Syria (DH 1/7 7:50pm)

Trump Admin. Backtracks on Promise to Withdraw Troops from Syria

January 7, 2019

While Trump claimed US troops will leave Syria in 30 days, his neoconservative national security adviser John Bolton suggested otherwise, imposing conditions for withdrawal. Journalist Patrick Cockburn says mainstream corporate media reporting has been misleading and “childish.”

We Can End The US War On Syria

December 24, 2018

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance The US war against Syria was one that people almost stopped. President Obama was unable to get Congress to authorize the war in 2013, but the Pentagon and foreign policy establishment, who have long wanted to control Syria, pushed forward with war anyway. It has been…

Media's Russia Obsession Obscures How Trump's Syria Withdrawal Benefits Turkey Most

Media’s Russia Obsession Obscures How Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Benefits Turkey Most

December 20, 2018

While corporate media portrayed Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria as a Christmas gift to Russia’s Putin, veteran Middle East reporter Patrick Cockburn says this is infantile and conspiratorial. NATO member Turkey stands to gain most, and could launch an attack on Kurdish forces in the northeast

US Senate resolution potentially changes Middle East dynamics

December 6, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A draft US Senate resolution describing Saudi policy in the Middle East as a “wrecking ball” and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially could change the dynamics of the region’s politics and create an initial…

'No Turning Back' - Rania Abouzeid on Reporting in Wartime Syria

Rania Abouzeid on Reporting in Wartime Syria

October 15, 2018
Under a deal that prevented a Syrian military assault on the province of Idlib, "radical" militant groups are supposed to withdraw by October 15th. The al-Qaeda affiliate Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is said to control about 60% of Idlib but has not said if it will comply. We discuss the situation in Idlib with Rania Abouzeid, an award-winning reporter and author of "No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria."
Failed Regime-Change War Bled Syria of c. $400 Billion – and Human Cost of Imperialism Is Even Higher

Failed Regime-Change War Bled Syria of c. $400 Billion – and Human Cost of Imperialism Is Even Higher

October 6, 2018

The international proxy war on Syria destroyed more than $388 billion in physical capital, according to a UN commission. But political economist Ali Kadri says this conservative figure underestimates the damage imperialism does to humans, and how such destruction is inherent in capitalism

Bolton Mobilizes the Coalition of the Willing – This Time for Syria

Bolton Mobilizes the Coalition of the Willing – This Time for Syria

September 17, 2018

John Bolton warns of joint action in Syria, calling on the UK and France to join. Talk of regime change. The excuse: weapons of mass destruction. Sounds familiar?

Are Warnings About Chemical Warfare in Syria Another 'Weapon of Mass Distraction'?

Are Warnings About Chemical Warfare in Syria Another ‘Weapon of Mass Distraction’?

September 11, 2018

Col. Larry Wilkerson says that it was the plan of John Bolton and the neocons to take Iraq, then Syria, and then Iran. These false flag operations are all about maintaining the perpetual war in the region

Ex-Obama Official: We Fueled the Syria War Rather Than Stopping It

August 23, 2018

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bears criminal responsibility for the Syrian crisis, says Robert Malley, a former top White House official and now the CEO of the International Crisis Group. But once the US became part of the proxy war against Assad, Malley argues, “we were part of what fueled the conflict rather than stopped it.”…