Syria: Looking for ways out of the maze

Sunday, 18 February 2018

In Western political and diplomatic circles the received idea these days is that war in Syria has reached its end and that what one should now focus on is reconstruction.However, like all other received ideas this one, too, is as full of holes and Swiss cheese.The first hole is that what we have witnessed in Syria over the past seven years was not a war in any classical sense of the term. What we saw was several wars woven into each other in the context of a humanitarian disaster sharpened by ...

Amir Taheri

Public reports ‘clearly show’ Assad’s use of chemical weapons - McMaster

Saturday, 17 February 2018

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government accountable. “Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assad’s chemical weapons use is continuing,” McMaster said at a major international security conference taking place in Munich. “It is time for all nations ...

Syria regime strikes kill six civilians in Ghouta

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Syrian regime air strikes killed six civilians including two children overnight in Eastern Ghouta after a day of respite from deadly bombardment of the rebel enclave, a monitor said Sunday.Since February 5, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has intensified its bombardment of the besieged region outside Damascus, killing more than 245 civilians including dozens of children.On Saturday, the Damascus government eased up its strikes on Eastern Ghouta as it faced Israeli air raids on what ...

Syria: From revolution to occupation

Sunday, 28 January 2018

The Syrians protested demanding freedom and dignity, however years later after the Syrian crisis, they are facing the loss of their whole country and they are scattered around the world. Syria became an international battlefield, and since the regime lost its legitimate sovereignty, Russia and Iran became in control of Syrian sovereignty. That’s what Nero did, when he burned Rome and sat in his tower singing Homer’s poems, enjoying the sight of his country burning, but he eventually ...

Riad Nasan Agha

A fierce blow to the heart of Khomeinism

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Tell me who supports you and I’ll tell you who are. This applies to those who are worried about the fate of the ruling Khomeini regime in Iran. The Revolutionary Guards, Khamenei and all the tools that exported the Khomeini revolution, including the wandering envoy of evil Qassem Soleimani, played a significant role in enabling Bashar al-Assad from slaughtering the Syrians, destroying Syria and spreading social and educational thoughts that will poison generations in the name of ...

Mashari Althaydi

Syria’s Assad names new defense and other ministers

Monday, 1 January 2018

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday issued a decree appointing new ministers for defense, industry and information, Syrian state television reported. He appointed General Ali Abdullah Ayoub as defence minister, Mohammed Mazen Ali Yousef as industry minister and Imad Abullah Sarah as information minister, state television reported, citing the decree. Ayoub, who was previously chief of staff in the army, is a member of Assad's Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. He replaces Fahad ...

UN to join Syria talks in Astana, with humanitarian hopes

Friday, 22 December 2017

UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he would take part in the latest round of Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday, with a month to go before he hopes to break the deadlock in political talks in Geneva. De Mistura’s Geneva peace process reached deadlock this month, missing what he said was a “golden opportunity” to close out almost seven years of war. Blaming intransigence on both sides, he told the UN Security Council he would ...

Assad forces enter Idlib, one of four de-escalation zones

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Syrian army forces have entered parts of the Idlib province in north-west Syria, one of four “de-escalation” zones which foreign powers including turkey, Iran and Russia agreed to establish after years of civil war.This follows weeks of attacks launched from the province of Hama on Idlib by Assad’s army and allied forces.Assad forces took control of the Tahrir al-Sham Organization’s villages, including the village of Tal al-Khanazir south-east of Idlib.The Syrian Human ...

Syrian government delegation to return to Geneva on Sunday for peace talks

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s negotiating team is set to arrive in Geneva on Sunday to participate in peace talks, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Thursday, quoting a foreign ministry source. The delegation, led by Bashar al-Ja’afari, walked out last week and returned to Damascus. Negotiations resumed on Wednesday without the Syrian government delegation. The talks began last week and after a few days with little apparent progress, the UN mediator Staffan de ...

Syria: Moment of truth in Geneva

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Will the new Geneva round of negotiations, under the supervision of the UN, finally help to break the political impasse over the future of Syria? Clearly, the crisis is entering a new phase as the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, supported by Russia, continues to gain traction. The West and Gulf countries that supported the opposition have moved on from the idea of wiping out the regime. Everyone is tired of the Syrian crisis that has resulted in nearly 350,000 deaths. Undoubtedly, the time has come ...

Christian Chesnot

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