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Syria

Reconsidering safe zones in Syria

21st June 2016 – The Washington Times

Reconsidering safe zones in Syria

John Cappello, Patrick Megahan

The situation in Syria remains bleak, with no end in sight to its five-year civil war. President Bashar Assad’s forces and their Russian and Iranian backers continue to lay waste to rebel-held territory, leaving the rebels with shrinking leverage to pressure the regime into a lasting political settlement. more...

Analysis & Commentary

21st July 2016 – The New York Post

Syria just got worse than the ‘worst-case scenario’

Tony Badran

While the Republican National Convention was dominating headlines, the Obama administration’s management of the Syria crisis went from bad to worse. more...

20th July 2016 – Quoted by Stephen Kalin, Phil Stewart - Reuters

Mosul assault in focus two years after Islamic State takeover

Bill Roggio

When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged in December that Iraq would retake Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul by the end of 2016, the target was greeted with scepticism by Western allies and officials within his own government. more...

19th July 2016 – Quoted by Ben Watson - Defense One

Weapons of the Syrian War: Suicide Bombers

Jonathan Schanzer

The tactic is often used in offensive operations, just after an artillery barrage and before the advance of hundreds of foot soldiers. more...

19th July 2016 – Quoted by Katie Zavadski - The Daily Beast

U.S.-Backed ‘Moderate’ Rebels Behead a Child Near Aleppo

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Members of an American-backed rebel group in Syria beheaded a young child in a grisly execution video. more...