Category: Syria

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Justin Podur: The Afghans Are Coming

“Afghan Shia Militias” have become to Syria what “African Mercenaries” were to Libya

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Robert Fisk: Can Syria ever be repaired?

After its titanic civil war, can Syria remain a united state? And if it does – if Syria can be put back together again – how do you repair its people? These are not idle words when, across the border, the people of Lebanon have again been marking the mournful anniversary of the start of their Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: Trump’s decision to arm Kurdish fighters

The US is choosing to support its Kurdish ally in Syria, in defiance of Turkey, whose aim is to prevent the establishment of a quasi-independent Kurdish state there

William Boardman: What Really Happened in Syria?

The U.S. continues to use DU weapons in the region, at least in attacks on ISIS. Tomahawk missiles, a Raytheon profit center, have long been suspected of delivering a DU payload. So President Trump’s loosing of 59 Tomahawk missiles on Al Shayrat Airfield was answering a chemical weapons attack with a chemical weapons attack. And an act of war against a sovereign nation

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Marjorie Cohn: Trump’s War Crimes

Just two and a half months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already distinguished himself as a war criminal. His administration is killing unusually large numbers of civilians, in violation of U.S. and international law.

Mehdi Hasan: Syrian People Betrayed By All Sides

There are many ways to help ordinary Syrians without dropping more bombs on them

Steven Rosenfeld: Attack on Syria Justified With Fake Intelligence

Something is going on with the nation’s intelligence apparatus and the politics surrounding it, and it’s not making the world a safer place

Jim Lobe: Syria: Neocons Almost Giddy

Not surprisingly, neocons are pressing for more

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Gareth Porter: New Revelations Belie Trump Claims

The alleged device for a sarin attack could not have been delivered from the air but only from the ground, meaning that the chemical attack may not have been the result of the Syrian airstrike

Stephen F. Cohen: Will Syrian State Collapse?

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “I think it is clear to all of us that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end.” But what will Syria look like if the U.S. pushes for regime change in Syria? Professor Stephen Cohen predicts Syria could fall into even more chaos. Read more…

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