Posts Tagged ‘Assad’

 

Can you cry for your enemy?

editor 27 May 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Have you ever felt sick to your stomach? I mean that in a very literal sense. My throat feels clogged, my eyes are stinging. I almost can’t breathe. I’m not being dramatic. My son sits there reading from the computer and asks me if I had heard this news? He uses a Hebrew word, but I don’t recognize it. “Meesrepha” – “srepha” is a fire. I tell him I don’t know what that is, already feeling pressure inside. I can tell it’s bad from his face. “It’s what they used in the Holocaust,” he says, “to burn the bodies.” (more…)

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How Iran Enables Syria’s Chemical Warfare Against Civilians

editor 19 April 2017

By Benjamin Weinthal.. The 59 Tomahawk missiles the US fired at the Shayrat Air Base served to punish dictator Bashar Assad for his use of chemical weapons against civilians. The strikes on April 6 also helped shine a spotlight on Iran’s role in Assad’s repeated use of nerve agents, because the mullahs’ Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps were at Shayrat. What the rapid-fire news cycle didn’t say early this month was that Tehran and Damascus jump-started a program to develop a sophisticated Syrian chemicals arsenal as early as 2004. (more…)

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Column One: The New Middle East

editor 5 October 2016

By Caroline B. Glick.. So Obama let Syria burn. He let Iran and Hezbollah transform the country into their colony. And he let Putin transform the Mediterranean into a Russian lake. A new Syria is emerging. And with it, a new Middle East and world are presenting themselves. Our new world is not a peaceful or stable one. It is a harsh place. The eastern side of the city, which has been under the control of US-supported rebel groups since 2012, is being bombed into the Stone Age by Russian and Syrian aircraft. All avenues of escape have been blocked. (more…)

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The Assad Files

editor 14 April 2016

By Ben Taub.. The investigator in Syria had made the drive perhaps a hundred times, always in the same battered truck, never with any cargo. It was forty miles to the border, through eleven rebel checkpoints, where the soldiers had come to think of him as a local, a lawyer whose wartime misfortunes included a commute on their section of the road. (more…)

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Report: Russian ground troops arrive in Syria in unprecedented military action

editor 26 November 2015

By Yossi Melman.. The Kuwaiti report adds that Russian forces have already taken over multiple strategic positions and have forced numerous rebel battalions to retreat. In an unprecedented move, Russia has sent ground-troops into the Syrian battlefield in support of Bashar Assad as the dictator struggles to maintain his power in the continuous four-year-long civil war, according to a report by Kuwaiti daily al-Rai. (more…)

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Who is to Blame for the Drowning of Alan Kurdi?

editor 9 September 2015

By Tarek Fatah.. A single photograph of a three-year old boy named Alan Kurdi, lying dead on a Turkish beach, has rocked the conscience of the world. The picture will remain seared in our collective memory forever, just as the image of a nine-year-old girl running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back in a napalm bomb attack shook us up on June 8, 1972. That was Phan Thi Kim Phuc, who later settled down in Canada. Despite what was initially reported by Canadian media, Alan Kurdi was never headed to Canada. (more…)

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Israel says Syria’s Assad may be left with rump state

editor 2 July 2015

By Dan Williams.. TEL AVIV (Reuters) – A senior Israeli defense official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect. Israel and its neighbor Syria are long-term enemies, but the remarks by Amos Gilad, strategic adviser to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, reflect concerns by states across the region that Syria is undergoing a de facto partition after four years of civil war. (more…)

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Assad not finished yet

editor 16 May 2015

By Jonathan Spyer.. A number of reports have been published in recent days suggesting the tide of the war in Syria may finally have turned decisively against the Assad regime. The reports cite a series of successes the Syrian rebels have achieved in recent weeks, and suggest the dictator and his allies will have difficulty reversing these setbacks. So is the game really finally up for the bloodstained regime of the Assads? A close examination of the evidence suggests that President Bashar Assad’s eulogizers have once again spoken too soon.

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Analysts See Increasing Signs that Assad is Losing Control of Syria

editor 30 April 2015

By The Tower.org Staff.. A growing number of commentators in the Arab world and the West believe that there are increasing signs of the collapse of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in light of key military losses in Hama and the province of Idlib, where Jisr al-Shughur, the last town in that area under its control, recently fell (Arabic link) to rebels. (more…)

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Kerry: Assad and ISIS Have ‘Symbiotic’ Relationship

editor 12 February 2015

By Gopal Ratnam and John Hudson.. Obama administration’s emerging strategy to dislodge Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is focusing on tying the strongman to the self-proclaimed Islamic State and disputing the idea that coalition airstrikes inside Syria are helping Assad. “I’m aware that some believe airstrikes against ISIL in Syria will have the perverse effect of assisting the country’s long-time dictator,” Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday (Feruary 9, 2015), using one of the acronyms by which the group is also known. (more…)

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