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Lebanon - ready to explode?

Lebanon - ready to explode? Categories: Lebanon, Syria     Author: Michael Totten

Lebanon always looks and feels like it's ready to erupt into armed conflict, but today it's more ready than usual. The Syrian civil war next door weighs heavily on this place. Sunnis and Alawites are fighting round after round with no end in sight in the city of Tripoli, and now the northern Bekaa V

The End of Syria?

The End of Syria? Categories: Europe, Syria     Author: Emanuele Ottolenghi

Could this tide be stemmed in Syria? Early on in the crisis, it could have been, at a high price, had we had a dog in the fight, or one that we wanted to claim as our own. But the West decided, as in the former Yugoslavia for three long years, to sit this one out. The new order will thus not be crea

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A Turn of Battle in Syria

A Turn of Battle in Syria Categories: Syria     Author: Jeffrey White

After almost 20 months, Syria's internal war appears to be approaching a decisive stage. Since early October, rebel forces have been on the offensive in key theatres, while regime forces are stretched thin, increasingly on the defensive, and giving ground. The conflict is evolving from a war of attr

Remember Syria?

Remember Syria? Categories: Palestinians, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

From the moment Israel's Operation Pillar of Defence began last week, news of Syrian President Bashar Assad's bloody suppression of the rebellion against his rule was pushed down the news page, and in some cases knocked out of the paper entirely. This, in spite of the fact that more Syrians than Pa

UNRWA’s double standards in Syria

UNRWA’s double standards in Syria Categories: NGOs, Palestinians, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Five UNRWA employees have been killed in the Syrian conflict and shells have hit and damaged both an UNRWA health centre and an UNRWA school. However, UNRWA has only issued weak statements deploring the deaths and calling for "all sides must refrain from conducting the conflict in civilian areas..."

Palestinians killed in Syria receive little attention

Palestinians killed in Syria receive little attention Categories: Palestinians, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad once painted himself and his father as the champion of the Palestinian cause. But now the situation appears to have changed, as Assad's army reportedly fired on the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk killing 20 on November 4, raided Hamas offices and there are fears of

Turkey and the Syrian Civil War

Turkey and the Syrian Civil War Categories: Syria, Turkey, Updates    

This Update focuses on analysis of the growing tension between Turkey and Syria, in the wake of a series of confrontational incidents, including Turkish shelling of Syrian territory in response to a Syrian shell which struck Turkey, an earlier incident involving Syrian fire on a Turk

Syria's Civil War after PM's Defection

Syria's Civil War after PM's Defection Categories: Syria, Updates    

The defection of Syria's Prime Minister, Riad Hijab, to Jordan and the rebel side earlier this week - the latest in a string of high profile defections from the regime - has raised speculation that the bloody civil war there has turned a corner. This Update focuses on analysis of w

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The Aftermath of a Rebel Victory

The Aftermath of a Rebel Victory Categories: Syria     Author: Barry Rubin

The tide seems to be turning in Syria. While the civil war is far from over, the regime is clearly weakening; the rebels are expanding their operations and effectiveness. There have also been more high-level defections. Even though the fighting may go on for months, it is time to start assessing wh

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