Archive for the 'Shiites' Category

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

See more photos at the following Atlantic article: Days of Anti-Government Protests and Harsh Crackdowns A protest in Istanbul, Turkey, that began as a relatively small event earlier in the week, erupted into massive anti-government demonstrations across the country following a harsh crackdown by riot police. People had gathered in Gezi Park to prevent the […]

Dera’a is Falling

Dera’a is Falling by Matthew Barber for Syria Comment March 29, 2013 According to an article published yesterday by al-Quds (نائب سوري: مقاتلو المعارضة يسيطرون على اجزاء واسعة من درعا), Syrian MP Waleed Zoubi has asserted during a session of parliament that large areas within the muhafiza (governorate) of Dera’a have fallen under the control […]

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

The Uprising and the New Syria: Islamists Rise in Raqqa while Damascene Christians Dodge Fire By Matthew Barber, for Syria Comment March 11, 2013 Readers of Syria Comment were less than thrilled by the posting of the video of the capture of Raqqa by Jabhat al-Wahdet al-Tahrir al-Islamiyya. Some felt that the forenamed Islamists deserved […]

Syrian War Spillover in Iraq Will Be Much Worse than in Lebanon

The Spillover from the Syrian civil war will be much greater in Iraq than Lebanon. by Joshua Landis, Syria Comment, Oct 28, 2012 Many Western journalists are based in Lebanon, few in Iraq. This explains why relatively small events in Lebanon get dramatic reporting and much larger increases of violence in Iraq, are largely overlooked […]

Nuri al-Maliki’s Strategy toward Syria and Syrian Kurds

An Iraq intelligence specialist, who cannot use his name, wrote to disagree with my analysis of  “Assad’s Kurdish Strategy,” published two days ago. He writes: Joshua, I was reading your post on Syrian Kurdistan and noted that you judged that the regional Shia will probably support Syrian Kurdish aspirations.  I think this will not be […]