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After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

By Brian M Downing The Syrian civil war has raged for over a year now, ever since peaceful protest turned into armed rebellion. In recent months, rebel groups have become more effective and various armed units have emerged. They have little in common beside opposition to the Assad regime, and their allegiance to any command […]

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Assessing the near-term prospects as Syria enters post-Assad era

Assessing the near-term prospects as Syria enters post-Assad era

By Brian M Downing In recent weeks the Assad government has lost control of more cities and border checkpoints. Its army is unable or unwilling to retake them. The Kurdish people to the east, though divided on their political future, are slipping out of Damascus’s authority – and with them, much of the country’s limited […]

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Beirut assassination highlights extent of Lebanese involvement in anti-Syrian fighting

Beirut assassination highlights extent of Lebanese involvement in anti-Syrian fighting

Global Information System The precisely-target bombing assassination on Oct. 19, 2012, in the Christian Ashrafia area of Beirut of Brig.-Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, the Internal Security Force Information Branch Chief, and six other officials, highlighted an area neglected by external analysts and policy officials. We refer to the extent to which Lebanese security forces were actively […]

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Cold War in the Mideast: Regime change epidemic raises stakes in Iran-Saudi rivalry

Cold War in the Mideast: Regime change epidemic raises stakes in Iran-Saudi rivalry

By Fariborz Saremi The so-called Arab Spring, a series of pro-democracy and anti-regime protests that in some cases has ended in regime change and revolution, has stoked the long running political rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The uprisings forced both countries to review their regional priorities in the aftermath of Iran’s own Islamic Revolution […]

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Another 'leading-from-behind-triumph': Syria's 'nationalist' disaster makes way for something worse

Another 'leading-from-behind-triumph': Syria's 'nationalist' disaster makes way for something worse

By Sol W. Sanders Whatever develops out of the bloody, chaotic mess Syria has become, it is unlikely that the short-term outcome will be good or the long-term prospects much brighter. One has only to recall the dozens of post-World War II coups that preceded the arrival of the Assad/Alawite/Baathist dictatorship in 1970, a dictatorship […]

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An echo of 1930s Spain in Syria today

By Sol W. Sanders Some old dead white man said: “All historical analogies are odious”. He meant they stink because time, place and dramatis personae of any historical event are so particularistic, drawing similarities with another event defies logic. Yet, yet … we amateur historians play at the game and often. And perhaps there is […]

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Islamic Republic's masters of disaster are no match for the Iranian people with Internet access

Islamic Republic's masters of disaster are no match for the Iranian people with Internet access

By Sheda Vasseghi  The Islamic Republic’s two-prong strategy of chaos to remain in power involves destruction of Iranian heritage and culture while using Iranian people’s national funds to support projects in troubled countries beset by corrupt regimes or extreme poverty.  Of course, buying followers and believers from among the most miserable parts of the world […]

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Defections reported as Syrian troops descend on border town

Defections reported as Syrian troops descend on border town

BEIRUT — Syrian troops flown in on helicopters descended on an eastern town near the Iraqi border Sunday where scores of soldiers defected to join the four-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad, witnesses and activists said. Assad has unleashed military and security forces on restive towns across the country to crush the unrest, but the […]

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How Syria's Assad fooled the U.S. before finally going too far

How Syria's Assad fooled the U.S. before finally going too far

Syria Anonymous For the past two weeks, the internal opposition in Syria had been negotiating with the Assad regime a transition into a civil society with U.S. mediation. Bashar managed to convince the world in his third speech of his sincere will to reform. The U.S. toned down its rhetoric, and the internal opposition in […]

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View from the streets of Syria: Assad’s days are numbered

View from the streets of Syria: Assad’s days are numbered

 By Farid Bakri Day by day, the Assad regime is drawing closer to collapse as the revolution sweeps the country. Out of that realization, the regime is intensifying its crackdown on the demonstrations. Unfortunately, only the Syrian regime seems to realize how fragile its standing is. If others did as well they would take the chance […]

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