Analysis & Commentary


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.”

19th October 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Commanded Free Syrian Army Unit, ‘Chechen Emigrants,’ in Assault on Syrian Base

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, commanded a Free Syrian Army unit...

18th October 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Helping to Hurt

Tony Badran

Over the last two weeks, the Syrian regime has directed mortar and artillery fire at Turkish villages. The US ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone, might have stated...

12th October 2012 - The Weekly Standard

A Foreign Policy Without Principle or Prudence

After almost a week of exchanging fire with Syrian troops across its southern border, Turkey finds itself embroiled on another, albeit related, international front. Wednesday the Turkish air force scrambled...

10th October 2012 - Quoted by Justin Vela, Foreign Policy

Holding Civil Society Workshops While Syria Burns

Syria's bloody civil war is threatening to turn into a regional conflict. For six days in a row as of Oct. 8, Turkey has lobbed artillery into northern Syria in response to shells from President Bashar al-Assad's military...

9th October 2012 - Quoted by The Associated Press

Syria’s Civil War Leaves Its Cities, Economy and Cultural Heritage in Shambles

In Syria’s cities and towns, entire blocks of apartment buildings have been shattered, their top floors reduced to pancaked slabs of concrete. Centuries-old markets have been gutted by flames and gunfire in places like Aleppo and Homs...

9th October 2012 - NOW Lebanon

What’s Happening in Qardaha?

Tony Badran

Last week, Mohammed Assad, a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad, was shot and critically wounded in Qardaha, hometown of the Assads in the coastal mountains of Syria. For a...

3rd October 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Claims 2 Suicide, 2 Car Bombings in Aleppo

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 four bombings in Aleppo today...

1st October 2012 - Foreign Policy

Rebels With a Cause, But Not Much Consensus

As President Bashar al-Assad's forces disintegrate, the Syrian civil war is devolving into a battle between Sunni rebel groups and Alawite-dominated militias fighting in support of the old...

29th September 2012 - Quoted by Victor Kotsev, Asia Times

Syria Between Hama 1982 and Lebanon

Recent talks between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels appear to have hit a hard spot. The Egyptian peace initiative is on the rocks after the failure of...

28th September 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Claims Complex Suicide Assault on Syrian Army HQ

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 the Sept. 26 complex suicide...

26th September 2012 - Quoted by Whitney Eulich, Christian Science Monitor

Twin Bombings Shake Syrian Capital as UN Debates How to End the Fighting

Syrian rebels bombed Army headquarters in Damascus today in the second consecutive day of attacks on government troops and facilities in the city – underscoring the rebels’ ability to...

25th September 2012 - Syrian Revolution Digest

The Shredded Tapestry: The State of Syria Today

For many months, rebel groups were on their own when it came to procuring weapons and supplies. The situation changed six months ago, with the establishment of a special Turkish-Qatari-Saudi...

18th September 2012 - IMU TV - Turkey

News Update

The US's role in the uprising in Syria.

7th September 2012 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Assad May Be Trying to Set Up Defense in Mountain Region

Tony Badran

The regime of Bashar Assad appears to be using mass killings and intimidation to carve out a defensible mountainous region on the Mediterranean coast where it can survive and retain influence...

30th August 2012 - Bulgarian National Radio

Saturday150

What is the link between Hezbollah in Lebanon, the government of Iran and the Assad’s regime in Syria?

30th August 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Bashar’s Cult of Personality

Tony Badran

Last week, the daily Al-Joumhouria published the transcripts of the surveillance tapes in the case of former minister Michel Samaha, who was recently arrested and charged for plotting a campaign...

30th August 2012 - Standpoint

Nostra Culpa

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The lazy days of August were overshadowed by the latest round of speculation on whether Israel will attack Iran — an ongoing guessing game that has produced ponderous studies on the pros...

27th August 2012 - Quoted by the Editorial Board, The Washington Post

Syria’s Escalating Slaughter

Evidence is emerging of yet another horrific massacre by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, this time in the suburbs of Damascus. According to opposition sources, at least 300 people...

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