Syria

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand guard next to a bridge in Manbij, northern Syria, on June 23, 2016. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian Reconstruction Spells Juicy Contracts for Russian, Iranian Firms

Bombed-out cities meant death and destruction. Now they promise billions of dollars — for new construction.

U.S. special forces work with Iraqi troops near Mosul on Feb. 23, 2017. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

No Plans to Withdraw U.S. Troops Even After ISIS Defeat

A 'tactical campaign masquerading as strategy' needs to find one now.

Iranians hold posters condemning the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia at the funeral of the victims of terror attacks on Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 9. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Rogue Iran Is a Global Threat

Donald Trump is right to put Tehran on notice. But the nuclear deal is just the tip of the iceberg.

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The American Alliance With Turkey Was Built On a Myth

It's time to realize that Washington and Ankara share neither values nor interests, and that their partnership cannot return to its Cold War heyday.

Russian military personnel surround a Ukrainian army base in 2014. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Russia May Soon Allow Foreigners to Officially Serve in Its Military

Vladimir Putin recently signed a decree letting non-Russians participate in counterterrorism and peacekeeping operations.

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Mapped: The Last Islamic State Stronghold in Syria

The Islamic State has retreated to a remote tribal region. Taking it back won’t be easy.

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Edgar on Strategy (IV): A conversation with a Turkish strategic corporal

A brief cross-cultural exchange shows why political philosophy matters and why our strategic alliances require a nuanced approach.

Israeli soldiers manuever Merkava tanks and Namer armored personnel carriers (APCs) during the last day of a military exercise in the northern part of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on September 13, 2017. 
Israel's military began in September 2017 a massive exercise simulating conflict with Hezbollah, the largest drill in nearly two decades. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY        (Photo credit should read JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel Is Going to War in Syria to Fight Iran

Israeli officials aren't shying from confronting Tehran's forces — since no one else will.

US troops sit atop an armoured vehicle on a road near the northern Syrian village of Ain Issa on June 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN        (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Russians Warn of More Strikes on U.S. Troops in Syria

Days after an attack almost killed U.S. commandos, both sides are trying to stake their ground.

SANLIURFA, TURKEY -  OCTOBER 28: (TURKEY OUT)  Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani look on near makeshift tents in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province October 28, 2014. Kurdish fighters, supported by US-led air strikes, have fended off the Islamic State militants offensive into the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani for the last 44 days but remain ill equipped and short on ammunition. (Photo by Kutluhan Cucel/Getty Images)

Millions Said To Be Missing in Pledged Donations to Syrian Refugee Education

Only a fraction of promised international aid has reached Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, a rights group says.

Refugees protest outside the Asylum Service in Athens on September 19, 2017, to call for immediate reunifications with their families in Germany.
Refugees , living in different camps  around Athens demanded to travel at the legally provided deadline of six month. Germany has limited the families reunifications to 70  per month.  / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI        (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Study: About 1 Million Refugees Left in Limbo in Europe Through 2016

Half of Europe’s asylum seekers in the last two years were still awaiting word on whether they could stay at the end of 2016.

Damascus, SYRIA: A Syrian man arranges a display of national flags carrying a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad in a shop in Damascus, 26 May 2007. Assad stands tomorrow in a no-contest poll which will give him another seven years leading a regional heavyweight under immense international pressure. With parliament unanimously approving the candidature of the 41-year-old president for a second term, and with vocal opponents of the regime locked up, the referendum will inevitably anoint Assad as president until the year 2014. AFP PHOTO/HASSAN AMMAR (Photo credit should read HASSAN AMMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrians Are Ready to Accept Bashar al-Assad as President

The war-weary country isn’t enthusiastic about its president, but desperate for a return to normalcy.

A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows smoke billowing out following a coalition air strike in the western al-Daraiya neighbourhood of the embattled northern Syrian city of Raqa. / AFP PHOTO / Delil souleiman        (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Reports of Civilian Casualties in the War Against ISIS Are Vastly Inflated

U.S. officials care deeply about collateral damage and make every effort to investigate claims, which is why there has never been a more precise air campaign in the history of armed conflict.

TOPSHOT - A man looks at smoke rising from buildings following a strike on a rebel-held area of the Jobar district, east of the Syrian capital on September 14, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / ABDULMONAM EASSA        (Photo credit should read ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time For a New Syria Peace Process

The United States could decide to keep up the charade in Geneva, but if we want to see greater stability in the years ahead, we need to change course.

A picture shows a general view during a fifth round of Syria peace talks on July 5, 2017, in Astana.
Powerbrokers Russia, Iran and Turkey struggled on July 5 to hammer out details on a plan for safe zones in Syria at a fifth round of peace talks in the Kazakh capital. Moscow and Tehran, which back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and rebel supporter Ankara agreed in May to establish four "de-escalation" zones in a potential breakthrough towards calming a war that has claimed an estimated 320,000 lives since March 2011. / AFP PHOTO / STANISLAV FILIPPOV        (Photo credit should read STANISLAV FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images)

A New Round of Syria Talks Start in Astana

The trick this time will be to secure a ceasefire for Idlib province.

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