~11 min read · From 2018 · The Syrian civil war’s unabated violence continues to cause monumental suffering for millions of Syrians, with no end in sight. Over the past decade, the conflict has enabled the jihadist group ISIS to take temporary control of large parts of Iraq and Syria, exacerbated tensions between the United States and Russia, and given rise to the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history. How did it all start, and why is the war threatening to mutate into an international conflict? To anyone who’s lost track, getAbstract recommends this useful chronology of the Syrian civil war which the Middle East specialist Andrew J. Tabler put together for The Atlantic.
From 2017 · An on-the-ground investigation reveals that the U.S.-led battle against ISIS — hailed as the most precise air campaign in history — is killing far more Iraqi civilians than the coalition has…
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20+ min read · From 2018 · Iran has played a pivotal role in helping Bashar al-Assad’s regime regain the upper hand in Syria’s civil war. At first glance, the alliance between a revolutionary Shia theocracy and a staunch champion of secular Arab nationalism seems baffling. Some analysts have emphasized the common strategic interests the two countries share. For Iranian-American foreign policy analyst Karim Sadjadpour, however, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s decision to back Syria’s brutal dictator stems from a much more elemental place: his deep-seated hatred of the state of Israel. getAbstract recommends this article to readers with an interest in Middle East politics.
~17 min read · 2021-03-16 · The long read: In a town under siege from Assad’s regime, a small group of revolutionaries found a new mission: to build a library from books rescued from the rubble. For those stranded in the city,…
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From 2015 · Michael O’Hanlon, an expert on national security and defense policy, outlines a plan for establishing a confederal Syria through localized safe zones. The report breaks down information on the current political climate in Syria and examines the history of US president Barack Obama’s political relations in the area so that readers without a strong topical background can follow. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends this report mainly to policy makers seeking a resolution to the current climate in Syria, as well as those looking for a ray of hope in this complex crisis.