Tag: Bashar al-Assad

Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

[ 0 ] August 2, 2015 |

by KUBILAY YADO ARIN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 2, 2015:  According to the Turkish military, two Turkish soldiers were killed today and 31 wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Turkey near the border with Iran, reported major news outlets. The military blamed Kurdish militants from the PKK for the attack. Last weekend, as Turkish and […]

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Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State (by James Dorsey)

Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State (by James Dorsey)

[ 0 ] May 14, 2015 |

Despite a year- long campaign of air strikes and ground attacks which incurred heavy losses Islamic  State (IS) shows continued resilience. The US-led coalition’s alliances with militant groups and IS’  durability raise the spectre of jihadist groups becoming a more permanent fixture in the Middle East. by JAMES M. DORSEY for RSIS COMMENTARY, ISSUE NO. […]

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Syrian Writer-in-Exile Nihad Sirees: “There are Signs We Failed as Intellectuals”

Syrian Writer-in-Exile Nihad Sirees: “There are Signs We Failed as Intellectuals”

[ 0 ] April 21, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 21, 2015: If he wants to, Nihad Sirees can go down to the restaurant near where he lives in Berlin, and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine. And, at the same time, not enjoy it. Images of war in his native Syria bombard his head and […]

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Has Syria Become a Failed State? WATCH BBC’s Jeremy Bowen Intvw. with Pres. Assad

Has Syria Become a Failed State? WATCH BBC’s Jeremy Bowen Intvw. with Pres. Assad

[ 0 ] February 13, 2015 |

by JEREMY BOWEN for BBC NEWS on FEBRUARY 10, 2015:  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has defended his government’s actions in the region since the uprising against his rule, which erupted in 2011. In an exclusive interview with the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen, Mr Assad denied that his forces had dropped barrel bombs indiscriminately […]

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WATCH: Saudi Arabia’s New King Inherits Immediate Challenges

[ 0 ] January 28, 2015 |

by JUDY WOODRUFF for PBS NEWSHOUR on JANUARY 23, 2015:  Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who died Thursday at the age of 90, was laid to rest in Riyadh. The new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, pledged continuity with his brother’s policies. Judy Woodruff remembers the late monarch’s rule. Related  After King Abdullah, Continuity (Frederic […]

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WATCH: Stephen Kinzer and Joshua Landis on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East –Just Stay Out?

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

“Middle Eastern societies finally need a chance to try and resolve their own problems. These countries are facing serious kinds of conflicts but conflict has produced all kinds of civilizations. War produced the United States. Religion kept Europe in the Dark Ages for a thousand years. Out of that came the Enlightenment. You cannot reshape these […]

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Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

[ 0 ] October 21, 2014 |

by BAHAR LEVENTOGLU for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 21, 2014:  In a dramatic policy shift, Turkey decided Monday to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, the peshmerga, to cross the Turkish border into Syria to help fight Islamic State militants in the Kurdish town of Kobani — under siege by ISIS for nearly a month. This came hours after […]

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Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (CMES CONVERSATIONS) on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, in conversation with Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, former president of the Syrian Studies […]

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Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] October 6, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on OCTOBER 6, 2014:  Where do we stand with respect to suffering? What do we have to say when hatred and violence finds a ready audience in global images, and love and tenderness are exiled to a private realm? What does it mean to be rooted in a prophetic […]

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LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on America’s ISIS Strategy

LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on America’s ISIS Strategy

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 25, 2014:  In a brief interview with the Voice of Russia yesterday following President Obama’s address to the UN General Assembly, Duke University public policy and political science professor Bruce Jentleson assessed this week’s coalition airstrikes on ISIS, and discussed the diplomatic dimensions of working towards political […]

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