Category: Syria

Peter Van Buren: Poof! It’s Forgotten

Five Ways the Newest Story in Iraq and Syria is… That There Is No New Story

Patrick Cockburn: How close is Isis to losing the war?

The real test over the coming months will be the extent to which the US and Russia have the desire and capability to enforce a ceasefire

John Hanrahan: As in Libya, Avaaz Campaigns for Syria No-Fly Zone That Even Top Generals Oppose

“I worry sometimes that, when people say ‘impose a no-fly zone,’ there is this almost antiseptic view that this is an easily accomplished military task. It’s extraordinarily difficult. Having overseen imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, a force that is vastly inferior in air forces and air defenses to that which exists in Syria, it’s Read more…

Patrick Cockburn: How the corruption revealed in the Panama Papers opened the door to Isis and al Qaeda

Local elites which hide their stolen wealth in offshore financial centers destroy their own credibility and power

Juan Cole: If ISIL falls before November, how will it affect the US Election?

If al-Raqqa and Mosul fall, it seems inevitable that this development would much help the Democrats

David Swanson: U.S. State Department: Don’t Hurt ISIS

Two goals outweigh all others for the U.S. government: U.S. domination of the globe and arms sales

Gareth Porter: How Putin’s leverage shaped the Syrian ceasefire

When Russian President Vladimir Putin had a substantive meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week, it was an extremely rare departure from normal protocol. Yet, there was some political logic to the meeting because Putin and Kerry have clearly been the primary drivers of their respective governments’ recent policies toward Syria and their Read more…

Patrick Cockburn: US ground troops are back in Iraq as Iraqi division hides in the mountains

The speed with which Isis responded to the arrival of the 15th Iraqi Division and the US Marines at Makhmour shows that they are by no means a spent force

Vijay Prashad: How the Kurds Will Save Syria

As the Russian aircraft began their partial withdrawal from Syria, the Syrian Kurds declared their ambitions for what they call Rojava. Given the deeply fragmented nature of Syria during this five-year war, the Syrian Kurds suggested that the country adopt federalism as its organizational principle. Syria’s partition was off the table, as was the re-creation Read more…

Robert Fisk: Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis?

The biggest military defeat that Isis has suffered in more than two years. The recapture of Palmyra

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