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'Iraq Is Finished'

Tribal leaders reflect on the enemy destroying their country from within.<p>One afternoon this March, during a visit to Jordan, I sat on the banks of the Dead Sea with my Iraqi friend, Azzam Alwash. As we stared across the salt lake and watched the sun disappear behind the rocky crags of Israel, I …

Middle East

Violence in Egypt's Sinai kills police and civilians

Shelling by the Egyptian army in the northern Sinai Peninsula has killed 13 people including three women and their children, tribal sources have said.<p>Artillery fire struck residential buildings in Adhaheer village, south of Sheikh Zuweid, on Wednesday leaving many others injured.<p>Medical sources …

Kerry says US won't 'stand by' in Middle East as Iran steps up Yemen involvement

Secretary of State John Kerry warned Iran over its increased involvement in Yemen's civil war Wednesday, vowing that the U.S. would not "stand by" as the Middle East became destabilized.<p>Meanwhile, Iran President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that a Saudi-led campaign of airstrikes against Yemen's …

War and Infectious Diseases: Challenges of the Syrian Civil War

1. Taleb ZB, Bahelah R, Fouad FM, Coutts A, Wilcox M, et al. (2014) Syria: health in a country undergoing tragic transition. Int J Public Health …

Public Health

Could Russia End The Syrian Civil War?

Nearly four years ago, the Syrian government secured its reputation as one of the most brutal regimes to crackdown on the Arab Spring. Up until …

Baathist Riposte: How the Regime Came back in the Syrian Civil War in 2014

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) —<p>In the course of 2014, two major trends, long since visible in the Syrian civil war, were strengthened.<p>First, the …

Here's How Bashar Al-Assad Says He Explains The Syrian Civil War To His Kids

The interview is full of deflections and rationalizations from a defiant Assad, who at one point compared his role as president to being a captain of a ship.<p>"The captain doesn't think about death, or life, he thinks about saving his ship," Assad said. "My goal has never been to remain President, …

The Syrian Civil War, From Space

Three years of conflict have literally plunged the country into darkness.<p>The ruin brought about by Syria's civil war is difficult to fathom—not only because the death toll is so numbingly high, but because the numbers themselves are so fuzzy. This week, for example, we learned that more than …

Foreign jihadis change face of Syrian civil war

Muhammad no longer recognises his country. The 35-year-old former teacher from Idlib province says Syria has been so overrun by foreign fighters that they are the ones calling the shots.<p>“There are so many foreigners now – I have met guys from Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Libya. It makes me feel like it is …

Jordan wages war against ISIL at home

<b>Amman, Jordan -</b> Clad in a dark grey prison uniform, Ahmad al-Sheikh stood before Jordan's state security court, clutching the black bars of the defendant's cage. The gaunt, bearded 20-year-old pleaded with the three judges before him, asking for their "mercy and compassion".<p>Within minutes, military …

Canadian vet fights ISIL with Kurds in 'greatest day' of his life

In his first battle serving on the front lines against ISIL, Dillon Hillier engaged the enemy in a firefight, helped liberate a town, and almost …

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