Syria

President Donald Trump salutes while joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a military carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Scott A. Wirtz at Dover Air Force Base on Jan. 19, 2019 in Delaware.

Trump’s Syria Policy Is Working

The Assad regime is cracking under the pressure of stalemate—just like the State Department planned.

Syrians displaced by pro-regime strikes, join a convoy driving toward the Deir al-Ballut checkpoint in Syria on April 11, 2020.

How to Aid Syria Without Aiding Assad

U.N. agencies have submitted themselves to government control and approval. Donors must demand higher humanitarian standards or send their money through other channels.

Women and children walk inside the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria on Jan. 14, where families of Islamic State foreign fighters are held.

Foreign ISIS Children Deserve a Home

Western governments have shirked their responsibilities for far too long.

A portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hangs in old Damascus, Syria, on June 16, 2020.

Sanctions Against Syria Will Help, Not Harm, Civilians

The Caesar Act is an overdue effort to starve the Assad regime of the resources that fuel its atrocities.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma arrive at the Elysee palace on July 14, 2008 in Paris.

The War Has Arrived Inside the Assad Family


Syria’s dictator crushed an uprising—but the ground may be crumbling beneath his feet.

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) speaks with reporters following the weekly policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Senate Demands Answers on Afghanistan Pullout

Lawmakers want answers from the nation’s top spy about the impact of a hasty U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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New Report Exposes Brutal Methods of Russia’s Wagner Group

How a shady network of operatives serves as the tip of the spear in Russia’s global influence efforts with almost no accountability.

A banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. Election Will Determine Assad’s Future

Washington’s approach to Syria won’t change, but divergent approaches to Iran could have an indirect effect on the Syrian economy—and the Assad regime.

US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, looks on during a briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on January 17.

Trump Administration Says Iran Could Exit Syria Amid Pandemic

The State Department’s top official for Iran thinks Russia and Syria see more benefits to a potential Iranian drawdown.

A woman wearing a protective mask walks along a street in northeast Syria.

Bowing to Russia, U.N. Halts Funding for Pandemic Relief in Northeastern Syria 

With Putin’s help, Assad has constrained the capacity of the United Nations to deliver health supplies in opposition-controlled territory, which faces rising risk of the coronavirus. 

Pro-Turkish Syrian fighters

It’s Syrian vs. Syrian in Libya

Turkey and Russia are using desperate mercenaries from the last war to fight in the next one.

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WHO Warns of Pandemic’s ‘Catastrophic Impact’ on Syria

But Russia blocks the reopening of a critical border crossing for humanitarian aid.

Smoke billows following an airstrike by the US-led international coalition forces targeting Islamic State (IS) group in Mosul, Iraq, on July 9, 2017.

Pentagon Asks for More Cash to Cut Down Civilian Deaths

Under fire from human rights groups, the Pentagon is asking lawmakers for funding to improve its ability to track civilian casualties in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, Foreign Policy has learned. 

A Syrian man shows marks of torture on his back, after he was released from regime forces, in the Bustan Pasha neighbourhood of Syria's northern city of Aleppo on Aug. 23, 2012.

If a Torturer Switches Sides, Does He Deserve Mercy?

A Syrian official goes on trial this week for war crimes. His defense centers on the rebels who helped him defect—and now want nothing to do with him.

A Syrian man holds the Iranian flag

Suleimani’s Absence Has Been No Problem for Iran in Syria

After the assassination of its high-ranking general, Iran has successfully doubled down on its regional military strategy.

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