Assad’s Syria Is Starting to Starve Like Saddam’s Iraq
How sanctions against the Syrian regime are forcing the country into famine.
U.S. Fears Syria’s Assad Meddling in Fragile Lebanon
A State Department assessment warned the Syrian regime is worsening Lebanon’s economic collapse.
Iraqi Kurds Turn Against the PKK
Now that it’s beaten back the Islamic State, the Kurdistan Regional Government is focusing its attention on a group it has long tolerated.
What to Do About the Children of the Islamic State
The terrorist group’s most vulnerable victims are also its future face.
Russia Wants to Trade Syrian Refugees for Money
Moscow helped organize an international conference to help jump-start Syria’s reconstruction—but hardly anyone came.
Jihadist Networks Dig In on Social Media Across Central Asia
Almost 500 extremist channels on Telegram, VKontakte, and other networks spread propaganda and vie for recruits. Most of them have ties to the Islamic State.
Stay and Starve, or Leave and Die
Jordan is dumping refugees on U.S.-held territory near Syria, and the United States is refusing to care for them as conditions worsen.
The United States Can Counter Putin and Assad With a Light Footprint in Syria
Washington can reduce Moscow’s influence and support Kurdish allies without a large troop presence in the region.
Document of the Week: When Ordering the Assassination of a World Leader Required Secrecy
Unlike Trump, former U.S. President Richard Nixon went to great lengths to cover up plans to assassinate or topple foreign leaders.
Assad’s Horrible War Crimes Are Finally Coming to Light Under Oath
A German court is exposing Syria’s systemic atrocities—and ending any hopes of international reconciliation with the regime.
After Five Years of Fighting in Syria, Putin Has Gotten What He Wants
With Russia’s influence in the region solidified, peace will not come without its assent.
Syria Is Still Trying to Use Chemical Weapons
And not just against civilians at home—but potentially against regional rivals.
Syrians Make Up Turkey’s Proxy Army in Nagorno-Karabakh
After fighting Turkey’s battles in Libya, the Syrian National Army is caught in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan—and dozens are dying.
The War for the Future of Syria and Iraq Will Be Fought on Smartphones
As the number of U.S. forces on the ground dwindles and Russian and Iranian propaganda efforts increase, Col. Myles Caggins prepared the soldiers who remain for information warfare.
‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’: War-Weary Syrian Americans Want Resolution
In a swing state with a razor-thin margin in 2016, one tiny voting bloc could be key.
Syria’s Forgotten Displaced Aren’t Equipped to Fight the Pandemic
The regime has restricted aid to those who fled Afrin in 2018, leaving them without test kits, basic supplies, or access to specialist care.
Inside Syria’s Secret Coronavirus Crisis
The Assad regime is suffering a massive outbreak—and burying the bodies in silence.
Beirut Explosion Imperils Lebanon’s Refugee Population—and Aid Routes to Syria
Reeling from the aftermath of a chemical explosion in the city’s port, Lebanon’s most vulnerable are bracing for even more anguish.