Analysis & Commentary

6th December 2012 - Cited by Jamie Crawford, CNN

Syria’s Assad Regime has Fight Left Despite Rebels’ Advances

While Syrian rebel forces have made significant military advances on the ground against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad in recent days, the U.S. ambassador to Syria says there's no imminent end...

6th December 2012 - Quoted by Alex Rowell, NOW Lebanon

Syrian Rebels Gain, But For How Long?

The resignation of Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi on Monday is just one of a series of recent setbacks for the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The news follows a week...

6th December 2012 - Cited by Michael R. Gordon and Ellen Barry, The New York Times

UN Envoy Is Seeking a Deal to Oust Assad From Syria

With the support of the United States, the United Nations special envoy on Syria is mounting a diplomatic push for a brokered agreement that would lead to the ouster of the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad...

6th December 2012 - Cited by Katie Glueck, Politico

US Ambassador Warns Syria

If the Syrian government crosses American “red lines” by using chemical weapons against its own people, that will “change our calculations in a fundamental way,” Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria...

6th December 2012 - GBTV

Real News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Syria after Assad's fall.

4th December 2012 - Quoted by Democracy Digest

‘Sun Setting’ on US Chance to Shape Syria’s Transition

The United States is losing its chance to shape Syria’s post-Assad transition, according to a U.S.-based activist group. It will be too late to win over Syrians’ “minds and hearts,” if the administration doesn’t act soon...

3rd December 2012 - Faster, Please!

Going to War?

Michael Ledeen

Fellow PJM columnist Jonathan Spyer, one of the best reporters on things Syrian, now believes that the tide of battle has turned against President Assad, and that the regime may be forced to retreat to a...

2nd December 2012 - Cited by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Springtime for Assad

Claudia Rosett

We are beginning to doubt whether Bashar Assad is a genuine reformer. Our latest clue comes from NBC News, which reported yesterday that "the Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons...

30th November 2012 - Quoted by Fernando Alfonso III, Daily Dot

Syria Loses Internet Access as Fighting Continues in Damascus

While the world tries to solves the mystery behind the country-wide Internet outage in Syria, one activist believes the government of President Bashar al-Assad may be behind it.

29th November 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Communications Blackout in Syria

Two technology firms that monitor global Internet traffic report that Syria has been cut off from the Internet. Regular landline phone and cell phones services have been affected as well, Syrian opposition activist Ammar Abdulhamid told me.

23rd November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Claims Suicide Attack at Hospital, Joint Operation with Chechen Fighters

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria, has claimed credit for yet another suicide attack as well as another joint...

21st November 2012 - Quoted by Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg

Foreign Truck Bombers in Syria Highlight Risk Al-Qaeda

Two Jordanian men, a wealthy businessman and a salesman got into explosives-rigged trucks last month and blew themselves up at a base occupied by troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in...

20th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Syrian Jihadist Groups Reject Rebel Council, Call for Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Fourteen jihadist groups based in the Syrian city of Aleppo, a hub of fighting during the nearly two-year old rebellion against the regime of President Bashir al Assad, have banded together to reject the...

19th November 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

Ground to a Halt

Tony Badran

It’s been twenty months since the Syrian people rose up against the regime of Bashar Assad. During this time, large swathes of land in northwestern Syria have fallen out of government control.

13th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Claims Suicide Attack in Hama

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria, has claimed credit for last week's suicide attack in Hama that killed...

12th November 2012 - Quoted by Michael Peel, Financial Times

Preacher Takes Opposition Lead

Moaz al-Khatib, the leader of Syria’s newly formed umbrella opposition group, is a Sunni Muslim preacher with long experience of persecution by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime – and a record of...

2nd November 2012 - Quoted by Reuters

Insight: In Syrian Sanctions, Some Gains but Much Uncertainty

Mark Dubowitz

Two months into anti-government protests in Syria last year, as the military crackdown grew more vicious, the European Union and United States introduced sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad,...

1st November 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Obama Runs From Iran

Tony Badran

The Iranian challenge to US interests and allies is the most pressing strategic issue for Washington in the Middle East. With the US election less than a week away, now is as good a time as any to look...

25th October 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Who Killed Wissam al-Hassan?

Tony Badran

Who killed Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan? Following the assassination last Friday, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt blamed Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. However, Jumblatt...

24th October 2012 - New York Daily News

Two ‘Leaders’ Let the Blood Flow

Describing his opponent’s position on Syria in Monday night’s third and final presidential debate, President Obama said that Mitt Romney “doesn’t have different ideas.”


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