Syria

Syrians chant slogans and wave opposition flags as they protest against the Syrian government during a demonstration in Binnish in the rebel-held northern Idlib province late on Sept. 17. (Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images)

How Putin’s Syrian War Is Humbling Trump

The Kremlin is filling the vacuum created by the U.S. retreat from the Middle East—now, with a buffer zone in Idlib.

Syrian rebel fighters in the northern countryside of Idlib province on Sept. 11. (Aaref Warad/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey and the United States Should Work Together to Avert Disaster in Idlib

Despite their differences, Trump and Erodgan share an interest in avoiding a new humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

Smoke rises in the Syrian village of Kafr Ain in the southern countryside of Idlib province after an airstrike on Sept. 7. (Anas al-Dyab/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Ramps Up Threats of Military Action Against Syria’s Assad

The administration is worried about lingering Iranian and Russian influence in Syria.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) listens to testimony during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The War Over War Powers Heats Up in Congress

A top Middle East diplomat’s confirmation has been blocked in the Senate as new Syria strikes loom.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with soldiers October 15, 2013 in the Israeli-occupied territory of Golan Heights. (Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)

Israel’s Secret War Against Iran Is Widening

Israel has fully joined the battle in Syria—but it's not clear it can achieve any of its goals there.

Israeli soldiers near the Syrian border in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on May 10. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels

Fighters were armed and paid to keep Iranian-linked forces away from Israel’s border.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives for a press conference at the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations in Stanford, California, on July 24.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Incredible Shrinking Defense Secretary

James Mattis accepts tactical retreats to retain influence with Donald Trump. But the losses are piling up.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, on May 17. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Post-ISIS Retreat Leaves Syria Vulnerable to Russia and Iran

The U.S. administration is reluctant to help with Syrian recovery.

A firing line of Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers take aim and fire at targets during a marksmanship training exercise to prepare for Operation Roundup, an SDF-led campaign to clear the last Islamic State strongholds, near Shaddadi, Syria, on May 27. (Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster/U.S. Army)

U.S.-led Coalition Set to Launch Final Fight Against ISIS in Syria

The jihadi group has lost nearly all its territory but is still seen as a threat.

A group of U.S. soldiers keeps an eye on the demarcation line during a security patrol outside Manbij, Syria, on June 24. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)

Russian Jamming Poses a Growing Threat to U.S. Troops in Syria

But this type of warfare also gives the United States a chance to learn about the latest Russian technology.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

The Summer of Israel’s Contentment

Politicians are exploiting a period of relative calm to gamble with the country’s future.

An Israeli soldier stands next to a sign on Mount Bental, near the the Syrian border of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on May 10. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Moscow Holds the Key to Peace Between Jerusalem and Damascus

Russia is more important than the United States in averting war between Israel and Syria.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Work With Putin to Develop a New Framework for Syria

U.S.-Russia relations have reached a generational low—but there’s still room for cooperation to avert a wider war in the Middle East.

A picture taken on March 1, 2018 shows a member of the Russian military police standing guard between the portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) hanging outside a guard-post at the Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus neighbouring the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region. (LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Syrian War Is Over, and America Lost

Bashar al-Assad won. It’s worth thinking about why the United States didn’t.

US President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.      (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Sees Trump as an Easy Mark on Syria

Before their Helsinki summit, the U.S. president has given his Russian counterpart little reason to take him seriously.

U.S. President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.

Trump Should Strike a Deal With Putin on Syria

The United States won’t get everything it wants, but it would be wise to protect Washington’s remaining interests before it’s too late.

Smoke rises above opposition held areas of the city of Daraa during airstrikes by Syrian regime forces on June 29, 2018.     (MOHAMAD ABAZEED/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Credibility Is on the Line in Syria

Trump must stick to his word and tell Russia to stop violating a critical cease-fire.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

At Helsinki Summit, Putin Likely to Rebuff Any Pressure From Trump on Syria

The United States wants Russia to help oust Iranian troops from Syria.

A pedestrian lights a cigarette as he walks past banners with portraits of Turrkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and the leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli in Istanbul on June 19.

Get Ready for a More Aggressive Turkey

Erdogan’s new partner in parliament — the ultranationalist MHP — will make Ankara a more belligerent and intransigent ally.

U.S. forces near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah on April 28, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Months After U.S. Freeze, Syrian Recovery Stuck in Limbo

Short on funding, U.S. and European programs designed to help rebuild after the Islamic State are faltering.

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