Tag Archives: Damascus

Possible US-Iran Collision in Syria

Both FP and MEI’s IranObserved are reporting increased tensions between Iran and the US in Syria. Last week, US forces bombed an convoy from an Iranian backed militia operating close to a “deconfliction zone” close to the Jordanian–Iraqi–Syrian border. As Daesh continues to lose ground, while Free Syrian Army forces move North from the border with […]

Obama v ISIL

In a few hours, President Obama will hold a press conference laying out his strategy to handle ISIL. It comes after weeks of speculation and calls for action on daily talk shows and the internet, as well as a month long campaign to bomb ISIL targets in Iraq. It’s high time somebody steps up to […]

End of Syrian Conflict Depends on US-Iran Nuclear Negotiations

For the last three years, I’ve said, in private discussions, that the Syrian conflict won’t be solved until the US and Iran come to some sort of agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. It looks like one is just over the horizon–but also far enough away that it still may not happen. There are, however, bogey’s […]

Hesitant Support for Limited Strikes on Syria

Last week’s presumed chemical weapons attack on the rebel stronghold in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta is forcing Obama’s hand. All indicators point to Assad and his forces as the culprits, but he insists otherwise. We’ll likely never know what calculus led to Assad using chemical weapons. Regardless of what it was, his actions […]

Chemical Weapons Attack in Damascus Suburb: A Game Changer?

On Wednesday the world woke to reports of a possible chemical weapons attack by forces loyal the Bashar al-Assad. The attack, on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, has to date reportedly killed upwards of 1,800 people—mostly women and children. The last attack this deadly was on March 16th, 1988 in Halabja by the late Iraqi […]

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