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Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary from JUNE 12-23, 2014:  Here is a compilation of expert voices/analysis on Iraq politics, security, and the ISIS offensive : Iraq on the Brink (by Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog, June 23, 2014) EXCERPT: The United States, in cooperation with Iran, the Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Sunni tribal leaders, and […]

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“A Coronation,” “A Sham,” Voting for “The Devil You Know,” + Other Comments on Syria’s Elections

“A Coronation,” “A Sham,” Voting for “The Devil You Know,” + Other Comments on Syria’s Elections

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JUNE 3, 2014:  In the midst of a nationwide civil war, Syria held a presidential election today, albeit only in government-held areas. There are three candidates on the ballot, including current President Bashar al-Assad who is expected to win. Here is a compilation of analyses from across the […]

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WATCH: Joshua Landis Explains What’s at Stake in Syria

WATCH: Joshua Landis Explains What’s at Stake in Syria

[ 0 ] September 4, 2013 |

LARA SETRAKIAN INTERVIEWS JOSHUA LANDIS (VIA GOOGLE HANGOUT) on SEPTEMBER 2, 2013:  Lara Satrakian is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Syria Deeply, a newly-launched independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists, exploring a new model of storytelling around a global crisis. Satrakian spent more than five years as a foreign correspondent, covering the Middle East for […]

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Joshua Landis: The US Should Avoid Getting Sucked into the Syrian Civil War

Joshua Landis: The US Should Avoid Getting Sucked into the Syrian Civil War

[ 0 ] August 30, 2013 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS for SYRIA COMMENT on AUGUST 26, 2013:  If it is Determined that the Assad Regime Used Chemical Weapons Against Civilians, Should the United States and its Allies Attack Syria? In answer to this question, Joshua Landis and Syria Comment provide the following statement: The US must respond to the use of chemical […]

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Joshua Landis and Andrew Tabler: Divided On What the U.S. Should Do About Syria

Joshua Landis and Andrew Tabler: Divided On What the U.S. Should Do About Syria

[ 0 ] May 2, 2013 |

by MELISSA BLOCK (Q & A with JOSHUA LANDIS and ANDREW TABLER ) on NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO “ALL THINGS CONSIDERED” on MAY 1, 2013: This week President Obama said it was important to remain prudent in coming to conclusions about chemical weapons use within Syria, something he said could change the nature of U.S. involvement […]

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Joshua Landis: New Web Service — Syria Video — Launched

Joshua Landis: New Web Service — Syria Video — Launched

[ 0 ] April 2, 2013 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS for SYRIA COMMENT on MARCH 31, 2013:  Syria Comment Announces a new web service: Syria Video, which can be found at http://syriavideo.net Syria Video is a web application that maps and aggregates Syrian war videos by tracking a large number of YouTube channels. The channels have been identified as reliable and tied to specific […]

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WATCH: Syria — Shifting the Strategic Balance

[ 0 ] February 18, 2013 |

by AL JAZEERA “INSIDE SYRIA” on FEBRUARY 17, 2013:  Syria’s opposition fighters have been gaining strength and becoming more organised while government forces seem to be slowly withdrawing under the pressure. Last week, opposition fighters said they took control of the al-Jarrah military air base in Aleppo province. It was the latest in a string of […]

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SCHOLARS and EXPERTS: Perspectives on the Syria Crisis (II)

SCHOLARS and EXPERTS: Perspectives on the Syria Crisis (II)

[ 0 ] December 11, 2012 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 11, 2012:  Tonight President Obama announced, in an interview with ABC News, that the U.S. will formally recognize the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (Syrian National Coalition) as a the sole “legitimate representative” of the Syrian people. Here are what some scholars and experts […]

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SCHOLARS and EXPERTS: Perspectives on the Syria Crisis

SCHOLARS and EXPERTS: Perspectives on the Syria Crisis

[ 0 ] December 10, 2012 |

ISLAMiCommentary, DECEMBER 10, 2012:  Here are what some scholars and experts have said over the past week about the conflict in Syria: Bernard-Henry Lévy: “There are, in reality, three questions. Whether the time has come to intervene. The answer is “yes.” With righteous anger, yes. With the bitterness of some 40,000 dead, who—in this case—will have […]

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Joshua Landis on Syria: It’s Going to Be Long and Bloody and Assad Isn’t Going Anytime Soon

Joshua Landis on Syria: It’s Going to Be Long and Bloody and Assad Isn’t Going Anytime Soon

[ 1 ] November 4, 2012 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 31, 2012:  With the weekend Eid al Adha “ceasefire” broken in Syria, and continuous fighting since, there appears to be less and less hope of a resolution to the sectarian conflict in Syria that is turning into a civil war and an international quagmire. Noted Syria scholar, […]

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