The Syria Mess

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Syrian government carried out Khan Sheikhun sarin attack: UN

LanguageUndefined US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Assad and his family have no role in Syria's future


Raqqa win pulls US deeper into Syria conflict

The fall of the Islamic State capital could put the US military on a collision course with Assad.


Turkey intervenes in Syria: What you need to know

After months of speculation, Turkey has launched an intervention – with the help of rebels it supports – in northwestern Syria. But what exactly is …


All eyes are on Hezbollah in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

As the war is heating up in eastern Syria, specifically in Deir ez-Zor, the Lebanese Hezbollah movement and allied fighters are vying with US-backed …

Deir ez-Zor

Russia accuses US of pretending to fight IS in Syria and Iraq

LanguageUndefined Russia claims US-led coalition has reduced air strikes in Iraq to allow militants to take up positions against Syrian army in Deir …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Mapping the Battle Against ISIS in Deir Ezzor

BEIRUT – In recent weeks, the so-called Islamic State has suffered a string of defeats in eastern Syria. It has lost swaths of territory in Deir …


Assad and allies target the YPG: The marriage of convenience hits a wall

The Arab world sees severe consequences within Syria if the Assad regime doesn’t compromise with the PYD


Hezbollah declares Syria victory, Russia says much of country won back

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah has declared victory in the Syrian war while Russia said government forces had driven militants from much of the country where President Bashar al-Assad's rule seemed in danger two years ago.<p>The comments from two Syrian government …

Pro-Iranian Shiite factions lose popular support in Iraq

On Aug. 30, 308 Islamic State fighters along with 670 members of their families were allowed to evacuate from the Qalamoun area along the …

Victory for Assad looks increasingly likely as world loses interest in Syria

States that were until recently committed to toppling the Syrian leader are now resigned to him staying<p>In recent months, as supplies of aid, money and weapons to Syria’s opposition have dwindled, it had clung to the hope that ongoing international political support would prevent an outright victory …


Ankara makes overtures to Idlib militants

The English-language edition of Yeni Safak has reported that Turkey asked the group to dissolve itself and for the militants, who seized Idlib …


Analysis: The Syrian regime’s offensive towards Deir Ezzor

Bashar al Assad's forces and allies are advancing on the Islamic State's stronghold in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. The two sides have …

Deir ez-Zor

Pentagon: Rebel forces taking heavy casualties in Raqqa fight

The United States confirmed today that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are taking heavy casualties in an effort to push the Islamic State out …

Syrian Democratic Forces

The Kremlin’s contradictory behavior in Syria

The Kremlin is seeking to flesh out the idea of creating four de-escalation ("safe") zones in western war-torn Syria while trying to help President …


Russia Deploys a Potent Weapon in Syria: The Profit Motive

MOSCOW — The Kremlin is bringing a new weapon to the fight against the Islamic State militant group in Syria, using market-based incentives tied to oil and mining rights to reward private security contractors who secure territory from the extremists, Russian news outlets have reported.<p>So far, two …


Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on Syria de-escalation zones

ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia, Turkey and Iran failed in talks on Wednesday to finalise an agreement on creating four de-escalation zones in Syria after Ankara raised objections, diplomats said.<p>U.N. special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends the round on Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, …


How Moscow and Ankara are forging plans for a post-IS Syria

Islamic State has been reduced to its final strongholds in Syria, but a clear end game for the country’s wider conflict remains uncertain.<p>With the US …

SDF warns of 'fierce' conflict with Turkey in north Syria

<b>ISTANBUL, Turkey –</b> Syrian Kurd leaders have warned of "open, fierce confrontation" with Turkish forces in northern Syria, after a third day of …

How the Gulf crisis could spill over into rebel rivalry in Syria

The ongoing Gulf rift is creating anxiety among Syrian rebels who fear that the crisis will deepen divisions within the anti-Syrian regime alliance …

Recapture of Iraq-Syria border point heralds new regional reality

The move by the Iraqi and Syrian governments to link the forces under their command along their border is a new reality on the ground.


Iran draws line in the sand in Syrian desert

Iran stakes claim in eastern Syria; Saudi move against Hamas; Qatar risks confrontation in the Gaza Strip.


Kurds reaching critical juncture in US partnership

The United States and Kurds currently share a partnership of convenience in Syria, but Kurds are looking ahead warily to the role they might be asked …


America's Political Gamble in Syria May Not Pay Off

As the Islamic State’s territory continues to shrink in the Middle East, its henchmen and those inspired by the extremist group are increasingly …

The scramble for eastern Syria: A new Great Game

After the Syrian regime’s recapture of Aleppo in December 2016 and the consequential pushing and cornering of major rebel forces into Idlib, the tide …


Fighting ISIS: The Road to and beyond Raqqa

The U.S. campaign against ISIS in northern Syria both benefits from and is complicated by its partnership with an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ …

Middle East

'Beaten into confession': Missing Syrian rescuer filmed denouncing White Helmets

<b>BEIRUT -</b> Fears are growing for the fate of a Syrian rescue worker, who appeared in a video from a news agency supporting President Bashar al-Assad …


A new “moderate” coalition: U.S.-armed Syrian rebels join Al-Qaeda’s “Bin Laden Front” -

So-called moderate rebels in Syria that have been vetted and previously armed by the U.S. government and its allies have officially partnered with al-Qaeda's rebranded local affiliate in a new organization called Tahrir al-Sham.<p>Among the umbrella group's members is the Bin Laden Front—named for …


The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria

Officials have confirmed that the U.S. military, despite vowing not to use depleted uranium weapons on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, fired …