Category: Syria

Juan Cole: The Great Wall of Turkey? Ankara imagines DMZ w/ Kurds, ISIL

Turkey has so far escaped most of the severe disruptions of the Syrian war, even though it has a long border with that country

Patrick Cockburn: Why join Islamic State?

On 16 June, Kurdish militiamen, with the support of US airstrikes, captured the town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria, a major crossing point on the Syrian-Turkish border

Amy Austin Holmes: As Kobane comes under ISIL attack, Kurds Encircle, cut off “caliphate”

The Kurds of Kobane remained surrounded on all sides by adversaries

James Petras: Peace Negotiations or War Preparations?

On May 21, 2015, the Colombian Air Force (FAC) bombed the base camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) killing 26 guerrillas. Three days later, FAC bombed other FARC bases killing 14 more guerrillas.

Gareth Porter: Why the US Military Opposed New Combat Roles in Iraq

The resistance of top US military officials to deepening US military involvement in the war against ISIS came in the wake of a major policy debate within the Obama administration

Patrick Cockburn: Why join Islamic State?

Despite the PYD’s insistence that it is more than just a Kurdish nationalist party, sectarian and ethnic loyalties are at the heart of the multi-layered civil wars convulsing Syria and Iraq

Joris Leverink: Important Kurdish victory in Syria forces Turkey to take a stance

Turkey fears that an empowered Kurdish population across the border in Syria might make it harder for the state to continue to subdue the Kurds at home

Andrew J. Bacevich: Washington in Wonderland

Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole (Again)

Robert Fisk: America siding with ‘terrorists’ like al-Nusra?

It’s not a conspiracy theory

Ben Reynolds: After the uprising: lessons from Rojava for Baltimore

The Baltimore uprising showed that direct action can force concessions from the state. What is still lacking is a coherent strategy for radical change.

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