Category: Syria

Robert Fisk: After entering Aleppo with Russia’s help, the Syrian army may set its sights on Raqqa

After losing up to 60,000 soldiers in five years of fighting, the Syrian army has suddenly scored its greatest victory of the war – smashing its way through Jabhat al-Nusra and the other rebel forces around Aleppo and effectively sealing its fate as Russia provided air strike operations outside the city. The rebel supply lines Read more…

Ira Chernus: America’s New Vietnam in the Middle East

A Civil War Story About the Islamic State Might Spark a Peace Movement

Patrick Cockburn: Syrian civil war: Could Turkey be gambling on an invasion?

Kurdish forces, close to sealing the border, must beware – President Erdogan is unpredictable

Ted Snider: A Brief History of American Betrayal of the Kurds

This aiding the Kurds when we need them to fight for us and then abandoning them when they need us must be sounding very loud alarm bells for the Kurds

Patrick Cockburn: Syrian civil war: Why the endless conflict is at a decisive point

The war in Syria and Iraq is far from over but, as winners and losers emerge, the chances of local ceasefires and, ultimately, some sort of peace will become more feasible

Noam Chomsky: The war against ISIL

Interview on his public spat with the Turkish president, the war against ISIL and Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Joris Leverink: Turkish PM Tries to Frame Syrian Kurds for Istanbul Bombing

Unanswered questions and irregularities about the Istanbul bombing leave room for interpretation – used by Turkish government to set the agenda

Tom Engelhardt: Failed States and States of Failure

“We Destroyed the Cities to Save Them” and Other Future Headlines

Vijay Prashad: Descent into Chaos

Militias have had a free run of the country and the entry of the I.S. has only led to a worsening of the violence, arson and mayhem that have been the order of the day

Bruno Jäntti: On Racism, Patriarchy and Corruption in Iraqi Kurdistan

When working in Iraqi Kurdistan, I was struck by the prevalence of regressive attitudes, including racism and sexism

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