• Raja al-Nasser Arrested

    Raja al-Nasser Arrested

    November 25, 2013

    Raja al-Nasser is a leading member of the Democratic Arab Socialist Union, a leftist-nationalist opposition party that has long defended the Baath Party’s foreign policy, but also opposes the autocratic rule of Syria’s long-ruling Assad family.

  • Say Hello to the Islamic Front

    Say Hello to the Islamic Front

    November 22, 2013

    In a statement broadcast on Al Jazeera, Islamist rebels have announced the creation of the Islamic Front, which gathers some of the largest factions in the Syrian civil war.

  • Who Are the Abdullah Azzam Battalions?

    Who Are the Abdullah Azzam Battalions?

    November 21, 2013

    The double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed at least 23 people and throws yet more fuel on the smoldering political fires of Lebanon. But what is known about the group behind it?

  • The Greater Damascus Operations Room – Part 2

    The Greater Damascus Operations Room – Part 2

    November 19, 2013

    Regardless of who is part of the the Greater Damascus Operations Room, an equally important question is: who is not involved?

  • The Greater Damascus Operations Room – Part 1

    The Greater Damascus Operations Room – Part 1

    November 18, 2013

    On November 6, 2013, a statement was released by Syrian rebels declaring the creation of “the Greater Damascus Operations Room.”

  • The Baath Party and the War in Syria: An Interview With Sami Moubayed

    The Baath Party and the War in Syria: An Interview With Sami Moubayed

    November 17, 2013

    The Arab Socialist Baath Party has ruled Syria since 1963 and continues to do so after the constitutional changes in spring 2012.

  • Assad’s Palestinians

    Assad’s Palestinians

    November 16, 2013

    The Syrian war has been a disaster for the country’s Palestinian refugee population. The half-million Palestinians who have lived in the country since they were driven out by Israeli forces in 1948 were sharply divided over the 2011 revolution.

  • Hard Road Ahead for the Syrian Exile Government

    Hard Road Ahead for the Syrian Exile Government

    November 15, 2013

    The National Coalition opposition alliance has finally announced its long-awaited provisional government. It is an important development, but will not likely have a major impact on the everyday life of Syrians in the short term.

  • To Each His Own Government

    To Each His Own Government

    November 14, 2013

    It is the season of new governments in Syria.

  • Turkey’s Flirtation with Syrian Jihadism

    Turkey’s Flirtation with Syrian Jihadism

    November 07, 2013

    The question of the extent and duration of Turkish support for jihadist factions opposing the Syrian regime has been a sensitive issue for some time.

  • The Curious Case of the Commission for the Protection of Civilians

    The Curious Case of the Commission for the Protection of Civilians

    November 06, 2013

    Swedish authorities have opened an investigation into the activities of Haitham Rahma, a Swedish citizen born in Homs.

  • Waiting for Walid

    Waiting for Walid

    November 05, 2013

    Few other political leaders, even among the notoriously cynical Lebanese zu’ama, shift their opinions with as little apology and ceremony as Walid Jumblatt, head of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) and steward of Lebanon’s Druze community.

  • The Qadri Jamil Affair

    The Qadri Jamil Affair

    November 01, 2013

    While he is routinely billed as an “opposition leader” in Syrian, Iranian, and Russian media, Qadri Jamil has always hovered on the outskirts of regime politics.

  • Jordanian Jihadis and Syria: Interview with Joas Wagemakers

    Jordanian Jihadis and Syria: Interview with Joas Wagemakers

    October 31, 2013

    The presence of Jordanians, and Palestinians from Jordan, as foreign fighters in the Syrian jihadi factions is another factor linking Jordan to the war in Syria.

  • Southern Discomfort: The Insurgency in Deraa

    Southern Discomfort: The Insurgency in Deraa

    October 30, 2013

    Deraa, the cradle of the Syrian uprising, has become the main point of entry for direct U.S. support to the Syrian insurgency.

  • Maliki and the Syrian Kurds

    Maliki and the Syrian Kurds

    October 29, 2013

    The battle for al-Yarubiya, a border crossing point along the Syrian-Iraqi border, is an extension of the broader regional battle for control of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon by jihadists.

  • Rebels Call Geneva Talks “Treason”

    Rebels Call Geneva Talks “Treason”

    October 28, 2013

    In a statement, a group of nineteen Syrian rebel factions jointly condemned the planned Geneva II conference as an “episode in the chain of conspiracies” against their revolution.

  • What’s Next for Saudi Arabia in Syria?

    What’s Next for Saudi Arabia in Syria?

    October 25, 2013

    In the wake of stern warnings of greater unilateralism from Saudi officials and commentators, many observers have been left wondering about the future course of Saudi strategy in Syria.

  • A Dispute in Douma

    A Dispute in Douma

    October 24, 2013

    The city of Douma has long been a stronghold of the insurgency, and several armed factions are active in the area, many of them with an Islamist bent.

  • On the Road to Geneva

    On the Road to Geneva

    October 23, 2013

    A preliminary date has been set for the Geneva II negotiations and the Syrian opposition is expected to sit down with representatives from Bashar al-Assad’s regime to discuss the prospect of a unity government. But note the word ”preliminary.”

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