Jason Cirocco

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'Syria is not a revolution any more – this is civil war'

Syria,Bashar al-Assad,Middle East and North Africa,World news,Arab and Middle East unrest,Turkey,Islam,Muslim Brotherhood<p>Rivalry between rebels and Islamists has replaced the uprising’s lofty ideals, leaving veteran commanders despairing<p>For three men in northern Syria, the second civil war started …

Ex-Ambassador To Syria: Civil War Could Drag On For Years

When Robert Ford — the U.S. ambassador to Syria — resigned in February, he said he no longer felt he could defend American policy in that country. Ford faults the U.S. for having been unable to address the root causes of the conflict and for being consistently behind the curve as the Syrian civil …

Attacking Isis in Iraq and Syria - the Guardian briefing

What’s the story?<p><b>Barack Obama</b> has declared that the US and its allies will “degrade and ultimately destroy” the global threat of Islamic State (Isis) by targeting its bases and fighters in Iraq and Syria. The US will lead “a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy”, including a …

Did inaction over Syria foment regional chaos?

<b>One year on from the deadly chemical weapons attack in Damascus that was widely blamed on the Syrian regime, the United States has used air power to try to change the regional balance of forces on the ground.</b><p>But the US air strikes have come in Iraq, rather than Syria. The US has been attacking …

U.N.: Syria, ISIS committing war crimes - CNN Video

A U.N. probe is blasting both sides of the war in Syria, saying both are committing war crimes. Hala Gorani reports.A U.N. probe is blasting both sides of the war in Syria, saying both are committing war crimes. Hala Gorani reports.

McCain Says We Must Fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq -- Have We Learned Nothing at All From the Iraq War?

John McCain and his good buddy Senator Lindsey Graham are back at it, saying we must "confront ISIS now."<p>"But ultimately, ISIS is a military force, and it must be confronted militarily. Mr. Obama has begun to take military actions against ISIS in Iraq, but they have been tactical and reactive …

U.S. wins Arab support for Syria/Iraq military campaign

JEDDAH (Reuters) - The United States signed up Arab allies on Thursday to a “coordinated military campaign” against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama’s plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier.<p>After talks in Saudi Arabia’s …

Syria conflict: Islamic State seizes Tabqa airbase

<b>Fighters from Islamic State (IS) have taken control of a key Syrian government airbase, activists say.</b><p>The Tabqa airbase was the last remaining stronghold of Bashar al-Assad's government in Raqqa province..<p>State TV confirmed that government forces had "evacuated" the airbase. Days of fighting there …

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Obama escalates ISIS campaign in Iraq, broadens it to war-ravaged Syria

It was a speech that Barack Obama -- a war-stopping, Nobel Peace Prize-winning President -- never wanted to give.<p>A year after he pulled back from threatened military attacks on Syria over chemical weapons, Obama told America he now would launch airstrikes against ISIS targets in the country wracked …

Syrian President Assad's Allies May be Abandoning Him

Key Assad ally no longer believes his forces can win Syrian civil war<p>A series of battlefield setbacks against Isis militants and the impending …

Barack Obama: Syria chemical weapon ban must be enforced

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, President Barack Obama said that the UN Security Council must agree to a resolution on Syrian chemical weapons that includes consequences for President Assad if he doesn't meet demands to dismantle his stockpile.<p>US President Obama challenged the UN to include …

The Syrian Civil War Is On The Verge Of Getting Even Worse

According to a report published by the International Crisis Group on September 8, the regime of Syrian president Bashar al Assad and the jihadist group ISIS are squeezing the rebels out of Aleppo, the strategic and symbolic center of the country's three-year-old revolution.<p>The report warns that if …

Former French Foreign Minister: The War against Syria was Planned Two years before “The Arab Spring” | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

In an interview with the French TV station LCP, former French minister for Foreign Affairs Roland Dumas said:<p>‘’ I’m going to tell you something. I …

What Are Obama's Options for Stomping Out ISIS in Iraq and Syria?

World<p>The videotaped killing of kidnapped journalist James Foley prompted President Barack Obama this week to condemn his ruthless executioners — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS — as “a cancer.”<p>Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes went a step further Friday, vowing that the …

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