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Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease

21st September 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease

Tony Badran

America’s settled policy of standing by while half a million Syrians have been killed, millions have become refugees, and large swaths of their country have been reduced to rubble is not a simple “mistake,” as critics like Nicholas D. Kristof and Roger Cohen have lately claimed. more...

Analysis & Commentary

26th October 2016 – Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Chicago Tribune

U.S. stuck with nobody left to sanction in Russia over Syria

Eric B. Lorber

The U.S. put sanctions on Russia's main arms exporter, Kremlin aides and the black leather-loving head of a motorcycle gang nicknamed "The Surgeon" after the 2014 invasion of Ukraine. more...

18th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

A ‘lasting defeat’ of the Islamic State will be elusive

Bill Roggio

As the Iraqi government and Coalition forces launched the offensive to retake Mosul, the US military has optimistically said that the campaign will deal a “lasting defeat” to the Islamic State. But, if the recent history of the fight against jihadist groups in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia is any indicator, a lasting defeat of the Islamic State will remain elusive. more...

18th October 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia may be getting ready ‘to level Aleppo to the ground’

Boris Zilberman

Russia announced on Tuesday that it would halt airstrikes on Syria's largest city, Aleppo, in preparation for an eight-hour cease-fire to be implemented later this week. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement in a televised meeting with military officials, saying he expected Syrian rebels inside Aleppo to use the pause in the fighting to leave the city through two special corridors. more...

17th October 2016 – The Long War Journal

Town of Dabiq falls to Turkish-backed forces

Thomas Joscelyn

Dabiq, a town in northern Syria that has been central to the Islamic State’s apocalyptic messaging, has fallen to rebel groups backed by Turkey. more...