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    Save Kessab: Kardashian, Others Tweet Plight of Christian Armenians in Syria

    The “Save Kessab” campaign on Twitter and other social media has drawn international attention to the news that rebels affiliated with al-Qaeda crossed the Turkish border and seized control of Kessab, a predominantly Christian Armenian town in northwestern Syria. More than 600 families have fled the country. On Twitter, the … More

    The Obama Administration’s Syria Policy Meltdown

    Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the Obama Administration’s policy on Syria was failing and needed to be changed, according to two Republican Senators. Senators John McCain (R–AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R–SC), who were part of a congressional delegation attending the Munich Security Conference, revealed that Kerry, in a … More

    Syria: Destruction of Chemical Weapons Likely to Face More Delays and Challenges

    Last week, the Obama Administration revealed, “Syria has shipped just 4 percent of so-called Priority One chemicals, which were supposed to be completely removed from the country by the end of 2013. About the same percentage of less-deadly Priority Two chemicals have been shipped to date.” It further accused the … More

    Assad’s War on Terrorism Is a Misnomer

    The Syrian peace talks are cautiously proceeding despite Iran being invited and then disinvited from the talks, divisions within the Syrian government delegation, and utter disagreement over the possibility of a transitional government. Expectations for any type of political settlement to the war remain very low. Unsurprisingly, President Bashar al-Assad … More

    Al-Qaeda Resurges in Iraq

    Al-Qaeda, which has surged in strength on both sides of the Iraq–Syria border, captured two important cities in western Iraq on Friday. The seizure of Fallujah and Ramadi underscores the growing threat posed by the renamed al-Qaeda franchise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two cities were … More

    U.S. Suspends Aid to Syrian Rebels as Islamists Seize Supplies

    Washington has suspended nonlethal aid to Syrian rebels after Islamist militants seized warehouses containing U.S.-provided supplies close to the Turkish border, U.S. officials announced Wednesday. General Salim Idris, commander of the Free Syrian Army, the non-Islamist rebel group that the United States has weakly supported, was forced to flee Syria … More

    Syria: Obama’s Policy Implosion

    The White House has become increasingly defensive about the supposed benefits of its policy zigzags regarding the deepening crisis in Syria. Syria’s humanitarian crisis is worsening; the Bashar al-Assad regime continues to get away with murder, supported by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah; and Washington remains committed to a diplomatic solution … More

    Syria: Social Media Step in Where Journalists Must Fear to Tread

    Informing the world about the atrocities of the civil war raging in Syria is deadly dangerous business. On October 15, yet another two reporters and their driver from the Abu Dhabi–based Sky News Arabia who had been sent out to cover Syria’s humanitarian crisis went missing near Aleppo. And last … More

    Assad Has Friends Closer Than You Think

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has anti-American friends in the Western Hemisphere. In a move to exert his somewhat newly minted leadership status, Nicolas Maduro, the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor, sent a very colorful letter to President Obama pleading with him not to intervene in Syria. Laced with … More

    Obama’s Ad Lib Syria Policy Puts Putin in Driver’s Seat

    Moscow has quickly exploited Secretary of State John Kerry’s off-the-cuff remark on Monday about how Syria could avoid a U.S. military attack by giving up its chemical weapons. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov swiftly launched a Russian initiative, which Syria immediately welcomed. Now the Obama Administration has been drawn into … More