Archive for 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Moroccan ex-Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed Mizouz Identified In Syria

All this talk about Assad staying…

Administrative Update plus Round-Up

“Why Syria’s Kurds are beating Al Qaeda,” By Balint Szlanko

Battle in East Ghouta, Damascus: Rebels Claim to kill 800 Syrian Army Soldiers

Zahran Alloush: His Ideology and Beliefs

The Names of the Revolution

“Al-Qaeda’s Governance Strategy in Raqqa,” by Chris Looney

The Work of Fabrice Balanche on Alawites and Syrian Communitarianism reviewed by Nikolaos van Dam

The death of Abdelqader Saleh

Notes on the Growing Struggle between ISIS, Nusra/Ahrar, and other factions of the FSA

Syrian Army Retakes important towns in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. Both Salah and Salameh, leaders of largest Aleppo militia, wounded.

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi: More On The Druze Militias in Southern Syria

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi: The Druze Militias of Southern Syria

Recapitalising the Syrian Banking System: Costs and Challenges

Syria’s Top Five Insurgent Leaders

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Lashes out at Critics (30 September 2013)

“Syrian Chemical Weapons & the Possibility of Ending the Civil War,” by William R Polk

Islamist Groups Declare Opposition to National Coalition and US Strategy [updated]

Aymenn al-Tamimi Speaks to Ali Kayali and Profiles “The Syrian Resistance,” a Pro-Assad Militia Force

Are the Islamic Courts of Aleppo run by al-Nusra? Aron Lund Answers

Jabhat al-Nusra and Other Islamists Briefly Capture Historic Christian Town of Ma’loula

“Red Lines and False Choices,” by Sarah Shields

Chemical Weapons and Responses; The Developing Story of Tripoli’s Bombing; Theories on Outcomes for Syria

Should the Use of Chemical Weapons Prompt a US Attack in Syria?

Why were the Turks kidnapped in Lebanon and who are the Liwaa Asifat al-Shamal who are holding the Shiites in Syria.

Syria Consolidates into Three Cantons as the Opposition Pushes Back, Taking Mengh Airbase and other Strategic Points

Problems for Syrians in Egypt; News from Kurdish North; Looting & Oil; Round-up

Gangs of Latakia: The Militiafication of the Assad Regime

The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham Expands Into Rural Northern Syria

Where Does Jabhat al-Nusra End, and the Islamic State of Iraq & ash-Sham Begin?

Round-up: News from the North, Changes to Opposition, Egypt, and a lot of Miscellany

The End of the Line: A Microbus Map of Damascus – by Matthew McNaught

The Effect of the Conflict on Syrian Banking and Economy

Round Up: Lethal Aid, Human Interest Stories, Lebanon

Obama Owes Syrians and Americans a Vision of Syria’s Future

Clerics in Egypt Call for Global Jihad Against Regime’s Shiite Allies, Egypt Cuts Syria Ties

Round Up: Qusayr, Hezbollah, Regional Sectarianism, Ehsani on Economics, Foreign Jihadis Behead & Kill for Blasphemy, US Intervention Proposal

“Let ‘Lawfare’ Shape the Conflict, Not the Flow of Arms” – By David Falt

Ayman al-Zawahiri Rants about Syria

Turkey Engulfed in Protests, Syria Conflict Worries Turkish Alevis, Syrian Turkomen Support Opposition

“The Turkish-Syrian Border Dispute: A View From the Past” – By Meir Zamir

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Interviewed by Syria Comment

Has the War Reached Lebanon? Meanwhile, Obama Updates War on Terror

Brotherhood Figures Block Yaqoubi’s Appointment, Post-Confirmation

Sheikh al-Yaqoubi Elected to the NC—its first non-Brotherhood-aligned religious figure

Is Jabhat al-Nosra breaking apart?

Documentary: Where the war still echoes

Do the Massacres in Bayda and Banyas Portend Ethnic Cleansing to Create an Alawite State?

New report on the Muslim Brotherhood

Major salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra

New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front

Is Syria Like Iraq?

Should the US Intervene? And Listener Responses – Positive and Negative

Oil Wars—Nusra’s Expanding Reach—Syrian Taliban

Buffer Zones: Can They Help?

Jordan Shudders Under 331% Increase in Refugees as Conflict in Dera’a Intensifies

Regime Gains Ground—For Now

Islamic State Declared in Syria

News Round Up (8 April 2013)

The Raqqa Story: Rebel Structure, Planning, and Possible War Crimes

Sorting out David Ignatius

News Round Up (3 April 2013) New Revolutionary Front, Asma on Mother’s Day, M.B. Declaration

Syria Video – a powerful web service that maps Syrian war video by town and province

Jabhat al-Nusra Shaikh Promises to Decapitate Every Oppressive Arab Leader

Dera’a is Falling

Opposition Infighting and Fragmentation Bedevils Syria

“Jihad in Syria (Part II): The Assad Regime Perspective,” By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Moaz al-Khatib, Moderate Syrian Leader, Resigns, as Islamic Front and Nusra Move on Damascus. Will the US build a Counter-force?

Drones, A New Alawite Opposition, Obama in Israel

“Syrian Regime Loses Last Credible Ally among the Sunni Ulama,” by Thomas Pierret

“Jihad in Syria,” By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Lebanese Tension, Egyptian Chaos, Iraqi Memories… and all the news from Syria

“The Free Syrian Army Does Exist” by Koert Debeuf & Response by Aron Lund

Who is Ghassn Hitto? Why Was He backed to be Prime Minister of an Interim Gov by Mustafa Sabbagh?

“Syria’s Salafi Insurgents: The Rise of the Syrian Islamic Front” by Aron Lund

The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist

al-Nusra, al-Raqqa, Calls for Jihad, River of Death

“The Uprising and the New Syria: Islamists Rise in Raqqa while Damascene Christians Dodge Fire” By Matthew Barber

Capture of Raqqa – Daraa Offensive – Schooling Crisis – Kerry Supportive

Raqqa Falls – (4 March 2013) Assad’s Interview with Hala Jaber

Why the US is Reluctant to Support the Syrian Revolution (in Arabic)

News Round Up (1 March 2013)

Kerry at a Crossroads on Syria – Sending Mixed Signals

Debate Over Death and Suffering in Syria; Rebel Unity Efforts

News Round Up (18 Feb 2013)

10 Anti-tank Missiles Supplied to Military Council for Aleppo Fight

Obama’s State of the Union – Reactions; Battle for Damascus Promises to be Long

Why Are Syrians So Prone to Factionalism? by Abdul Ahad; Ahrar al-Sham Takes Jarrah Air Base

Noah Bonsey: “Liberation Front Represents Mainstream National Militant Alliance”

The Islamist mess in Damascus

Noah Bonsey on the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front; Nick Heras on how Islamic Militias emulate Hamas and Hizbullah

Syria’s Islamic Front Militias and How They Think about Minorities

News Round Up (30 January 2013)

Obama Worries Syria Intervention Would Backfire; Medvedev Says Assad Losing Power by the Day

Levant States Coming Unglued as Iraq teeters on Edge of Civil War and Syria Beset by over 1000 militias

Syrian Agriculture Collapses; Al-Qaida Thrives; Refugee Numbers Spike

Readers Letters; News Round Up (January 22, 2013

Hof, Doran, and Shaikh argue for greater US role in guiding Syrian opposition and transition

Assad Does not Live Russian Ship; Islamists More Honest and Capable than FSA; Winter Misery

News Round Up (13 January 2013)

“Forming a Syrian Opposition Government: The Time is Now” by Fred Hof; Ziadeh

News Round Up (January 9 2013)

Assad Speech – December 6, 2012

News Round Up (Jan 5, 2013)

Assad Regime May Well Survive to 2014

“Syria’s chaos isn’t America’s fault,” by Miller; “Abu Ali’s wake-up call,” by Abdul-Ahad

“Grant Kurds an Autonomous State in Southeast Turkey,” Opinion by Evin Cheikosman