Syria

A Syrian man carries an injured boy.

The U.S. Has a Moral Responsibility to Prevent Assad’s Normalization

The Syrian leader’s crimes will forever be recalled alongside the world’s worst tyrannical butchers.

A merchant counts Syrian pound notes, bearing a portrait of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at the Bzourieh market in the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus on September 11, 2019.

The Pointlessness of America’s Syria Sanctions

The United States has given up on trying to topple Bashar al-Assad—but continues to punish the Syrian people.

Syrian refugees stand at the entrance to their family’s tent.

The Human Cost of Normalizing Assad

Arab states are welcoming the Syrian president back into the fold. That’s bad news for millions of Syrian refugees.

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The Negotiators Podcast: How A Finish Diplomat Negotiated the Release of Mothers and Children from Syria

Jussi Tanner spent nearly two years bargaining with the Kurdish-led autonomous government.

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Bashar al-Assad’s Unlikely Comeback

Regional governments that once shunned Damascus are mending fences with a murderous regime—showing human rights abusers everywhere how to commit atrocities with impunity.

A member of the Alawite community pastes pictures of Rifaat al-Assad on a wall in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Dec. 6, 2007.

Assad’s Family Reunion Could Be a Final Victory

By reconciling with an estranged uncle, Syria’s dictator may have definitively reestablished his power.

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wave a Syrian flag.

The Spy Who Could Have Saved Syria

An espionage thriller presents an alternative to former U.S. President Barack Obama’s failed policy toward the Assad regime.

A smiling Bashar al-Assad faces a crowd of journalists with microphones.

Biden’s Inaction on Syria Risks Normalizing Assad—and His Crimes

The world is gradually accepting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad back into the fold.

Taliban fighters pass a billboard in Kabul.

The Myth of Moderate Jihadis

The unspoken pact between Washington and anti-Islamic State jihadi groups is a short-sighted move that will reward extremists.

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Turkey Capitalizes on Afghanistan Distraction to Attack Kurdish Forces in Syria

Turkish airstrikes in Syria have escalated over the last month as the world concentrates on a different crisis.

Syrians wave national flags and carry a portrait of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The Middle East Is Preparing for the United States’ Exit From Syria

Among Arab countries, the race is on to repair ties with the Assad regime.

A man rides a motorcycle past destroyed buildings in an opposition-held neighborhood of the southern Syrian city of Daraa on Oct. 2, 2018.

Damascus’s False Reconciliation Failed in Daraa

Continuing revolt shows the hollowness of Assadist peace claims.

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How the Danish Left Adopted a Far-Right Immigration Policy

In an effort to outflank the populist right, the ruling Social Democrats have adopted one of the harshest refugee policies in the world.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the press at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 1.

Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians.

Refugees and displaced Syrian women living in al-Hol camp, which houses relatives of Islamic State group members, queue to receive goods in northeastern Syria on March 28, 2019.

Inside the Digital Lives of the Women of the Islamic State

On Telegram, pet care, gardening, and corruption scandals have replaced religious fervor.

A man, woman, and child in the doorway of a Syrian hospital

Why Was Syria Just Elected to the WHO’s Executive Board?

A regime that bombs hospitals and blocks convoys of baby formula does not deserve a leading role in global health.

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Russia’s Wagner Group Doesn’t Actually Exist

And that makes it all the more challenging to get to grips with.

Displaced Syrians are in a camp in Idlib province.

When Humanitarian Aid Becomes a Bargaining Chip

Cross-border access into Syria has become a stress test for Putin and Biden's nascent relationship.

A handout picture provided by the Iranian Army's official website on September 11, 2020, shows an Iranian Simorgh drone during the second day of a military exercise in the Gulf, near the strategic strait of Hormuz in southern Iran.

U.S. Strikes Point to Growing Iranian Drone Threat

Pentagon planners had been spotting Iran-backed drone attacks targeting U.S. troops for weeks before the strikes.

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