Syria Has Effectively Ceased to Exist

With Russians and Iranians in control in Damascus, the U.S. bolstering rebels, and no one powerful enough to press for unification, the breakup of Syria is a fait accompli.


Putin Has a New Secret Weapon in Syria: Chechens

The quiet deployment of roughly 1,000 Muslim special forces from Russia’s southern regions shows that Moscow is serious about upping its ground game in Syria.


The Trump Doctrine Was Written By CNN

The president has officially reserved the right to use military force when he sees something that outrages him on TV.


Trump’s Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Is Just Getting Started

But the president might be the last to know it.

The Cable

Assad Shrugs off Trump’s Strike, Uses Just-Hit Airbase to Bomb Rebels

Less than 24 hours after Tomahawk missiles pounded an airbase used in a chemical weapons attack, Assad regime warplanes are reportedly back in the air.


Syria’s Chemical Weapons Kill Chain

There’s a long list of Syrian officials with blood on their hands -- but the culpability goes all the way to the top.


What Trump Calls Strength, China Calls Stupidity

Donald Trump’s Syria strike may have upstaged Xi Jinping’s summit, but Beijing is only too happy to see the United States trap itself again in the Middle East.

Elephants in the Room

3 Questions Trump Must Answer After His Syria Strike

Whether the president achieves success in Syria will depend on what comes next, not on what happened Thursday.


Tom Friedman Is Calling for an Invasion of Syria

You’d think by now the New York Times columnist would have learned that putting U.S. boots on the ground in the Middle East doesn’t end well.

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