A protester climbs down from a streetlight pole where he hung the Syrian rebel flag. Photo by Gregg Carlstrom on Flickr.
24 Feb 2017

Pause In CIA Arms Program Has Syrian Rebels Worried

A recent pause in the program has many rebels worried that the CIA has gotten new orders from President Trump.

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"Jabhat al Nusra uses the Shahada on black background as its logo" — Tom Spender (@tomspend) on Twitter. https://twitter.com/tomsp/status/498936018394181632
04 Aug 2016

Al Qaeda In Syria Rebrands

In an interview with CNN, the spokesman for Al-Nusra/Al-Sham said the “new” group will continue to focus solely on Syria and has no plans to attack the US.

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World Trade Center smoking on 9/11. Photo by Michael Foran [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
19 May 2016

US Support For Al Qaeda In Syria Complicating Peace Talks

While Obama has been able to keep fewer US boots on the ground than Bush, the effort to play God in the affairs of other nations remains unchanged.

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World Trade Center smoking on 9/11. Photo by Michael Foran [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
14 Apr 2016

US Plans To Give More Weapons To Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels In Syria

The CIA has drawn up plans to provide more-powerful weapons to the so-called moderate Syrian rebels if the current truce in Syria collapses.

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Russian President Putin with Foreign Minister Lavrov, Defence Minister Shoigu. March, 2016. (by Kremlin via CC 4.0)
16 Mar 2016

Russian Semi-Withdrawal, US and Allies Prepare New Anti-Assad Offensive

Next Cold War Roundup 3/16/16 Geneva talks are on. Russia does a surprise semi-withdrawal from Syria, leaving a well equipped Syrian coalition but increasing pressure on Assad to compromise. The US brings to the table a weakened position on the ground but a threat of a Turkish invasion and the

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30 Aug 2015

Podcast: Under Siege, Palestinian Refugees Endure Typhoid, Famine & ISIS-Inspired Assassinations

The population of the Palestinian refugee camp in Yarmouk, on the southern outskirts of Damascus, was once around 200,000 people. A brutal siege by the Syrian regime and an occupation by fighters from the al Qaida arm in Syria and the Islamic State dramatically reduced that number to 18,000 in March. Now, it is somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 people, according to journalist Patrick Strickland.

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