Syrian Civil War

Putin Doubles Down on Syria

Putin interview, cc kremlin.ru

There are finally boots on the ground in Syria; they just happen to be Russian.

Is Turkey In Over Its Head?

Grafitti of Turkey president Tacip Erdogan, whose policy is turning the MENA region upside-down.

Ankara’s decision to intervene directly in Syria further complicates an already complex battlefield dynamic, and it risks repercussions for Turkey’s internal and external security.

Is Islamic State a State?

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Islamic State is certainly different from many of the terrorist groups that preceded it. But is it actually a state?

Turkish Troops Aim to Counter Kurds, Not Islamic State

Kurdistan Peshmerga, cc Flickr jan Sefti, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Turkish government is considering deploying troops to create a “buffer zone” along its southern border with Syria, and it is clear that the intended target of such a move would be the Syrian Kurds, not Islamic State.

Israel’s Syria Dilemma: Assad or the Terrorists

assadgraf, cc Flickr thierry ehrmann, modified

The Syrian civil war has created a strategic dilemma for Israel: Is the collapse of the Assad regime worth the risk of what might replace it?

Map: Syrian Civil War (04-08-2015)

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Recent movements, attacks, and territory shifts in the Syrian civil war.

Assad Key to Any Political Solution in Syria

cc Christiaan Triebert, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Had Bashar al-Assad gone into exile, the ISIS Caliphate would be based in Damascus rather than the middle of nowhere.

Blowback: Charlie Hebdo and the Contradictions of Western Policy

Charlie Hebdo Memorial France, cc Flickr Valentina Calà, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

John Rosenthal argues that recent Western foreign policy missteps in Libya and Syria have fueled the rise of radical Islam.

GPM Outlook 2015: War, Refugees, and Chaos in the Middle East

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2015 projects to be another difficult year for the Middle East, with old vacuums widening and a few new ones opening up.

Turkey Takes Aim at the Kurds

PKK Flag Turkish Kurds cc Flickr hughes_leglise

With all eyes on Kobane, the Turkish government decided to launch on attack not on the Islamic State fighters besieging the town, but the Kurds desperate to defend it.

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