Archive for 2012

News Round Up (28 December 2012)

“Women: The Forgotten Victims” by Aida Dalati

“Washington doesn’t care about Syria,” Landis, News Round Up (Dec. 23, 2012)

News Round Up (21 December 2012) Debate over al-Nusra

“Is an Alawite State in Syria’s Future?,”Cecily Hilleary interviews Joshua Landis

Latakia will become Focus of Alawi-Sunni Contest; Scorched Earth; Hama in Flames; 27% of US Public Say…

Swedes, jihadis & anti-air missiles in northern Syria

News Round Up (17 December 2012)

Betting on Bashar’s Expire Date; Russia Prevaricates; National Coalition Struggles

Recognition, Scuds, Ministry of Interior, Controversy over Jabhat al-Nusra

Obama Recognizes National Coalition; Trudy Rubin – “Arm Rebels”

“Three Scenarios for Syria’s Future,” by Joshua Landis w. Lara Setrakian

Syrian Militias Establish New Command – Pro-Jabhat al-Nusra Alliance Emerges

“Chemical Weapons in Syria: Fact, Fiction, and Fib,” by Aron Lund

“Islamism and the Syrian revolution,” by Aron Lund

Chemical Weapons; Jabhat al-Nusra; The End Game; Recognizing National Coalition

News Round Up (1 December 2012)

“Syria’s Long Civil War” by Glenn Robinson

“The Struggle for Abu Kamal: Peace after Defeating the Dictator’s Forces,” by Asaad al-Saleh

Opposition Claims 4 Jets Shot down Today – The Alawite Existential Dilemma

Syria: the Strategic Prize for New and More Religious Sunni Leaders of the Middle East

Will Assad Soon Abandon the North to Rebel Control?

Announcement of Islamic State in Aleppo Met with Widespread Denials. Opposition Gains Ground and Recognition in Europe

The Khatib Controversy – How Liberal is He? More Countries Recognize National Coalition

“The Formation of Syria’s National Coalition: An Assessment and Analysis,” By Amr al-Azm

New Syrian Leadership Electrifies Opposition: Ten Countries Promise Recognition

Clinton Effort to Create Syrian Government in Exile Collapses

Syria Disintegrating

Clinton’s Effort to Build a Syrian Government in Exile Seems Doomed

Kurds and FSA Fight as Clinton’s Efforts to Build New Government Stir Hornet’s Nest

Clinton Helps Shape New Syrian Gov in Exile

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

The Kurds and the PKK in Ashrafiye, Aleppo

Rebel Troops Take Two Christian and One Kurdish Neighborhood Thursday Morning (Oct 25, 2012)


The US Must Supply anti-Aircraft Missiles to the Syrian Opposition

Syrian Rebels Getting Stronger – They Fit a Mold: Poor, Pious, Rural

Jihadists Receiving Arms Meant for Syrian Rebels

Is a Turkey-Syria conflict inevitable? – Inside Syria: Aljazeera

Turkey and Syria – Will Turkey Go to War?

News Round Up (October 11, 2012)

Sheikh Arour Becomes Icon of the the Revolutionary Military Councils

Car Bombs Rip Apart Saadallah al-Jabiri Square in Aleppo

The Families of Qardaha; Hizbullah Fighters Killed in Syria; Iran’s Currency Collapses from Sanctions

Intra-Alawite fighting in Qardaha not Confirmed; Turkey Denies Syria Captured Pilots Alive; `Ar`our Returns to Syria

Aleppo Burns – Dar Zamaria, Sisi House and much of Souq reported Burned

Firas Tlass Offers to Finance Syrian Opposition with Worthless Assets

News Round Up (Sept 27, 2012)

News Round Up (Sept 25, 2012)

“Why Manaf Tlas is Uniquely Qualified to Serve the Opposition,” by a Supporter

Has the Syria State Collapsed?

“State of the Internal Opposition,” by Ammar Abdulhamid

Syrian Kurdistan: Can it Make a Peaceful Transition?

News Round Up (19 Sept 2012)

Many Christians Head for Tartus

Assad’s Army Unlikely to “Crumble”

News Round Up (Sept 12, 2012)

News Round Up (Sept. 10, 2012)

“The Formation of Alawite Militias in the Kassab region,” by Mohammad D.

Flood of Refugees Underlines the Spreading Sectarian War

The Flood of Syrian Refugees Threatens Regional Stability and Underlines Price of Inaction

Darayya Massacre Escalates Killings

Turkey’s Syria Problem

Syria and the US – by Sami Moubayed – New Book

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

News Round Up (22 Aug. 2012)

“Revolt in Syria,” Stephen Starr’s Book; Sahner on Syrian Heritage beign Destroyed; Ajami on Clinton

Assad’s Kurdish Strategy

“The Original Shabiha,” by Mohammad D.

News Round Up (14 Aug 2012)

Was Insufficient Economic Growth A Critical Factor? – A SyriaComment Article From 2006 By Ehsani

Creating a Syrian Swamp: Assad’s ‘Plan B’

Could Syria’s Current Predicament Have Been Avoided Over A Decade Ago? – By Ehsani

Rebels Get Missiles; Kurds; Aleppo; Opposition Divided; al-Qaida

Will Syria Remain Fragmented for Years?

Kurds; SNC Criticized; Tlas; Aleppo

The Kurdish Flag Flies over Parts of Syria as Aleppo Ignites

Four New Security Chiefs Named – all Hawks. Airplanes Used for First Time. Clinton Gives Assad “Time to Negotiate”

Aleppo Fighting Spreads; Iraq Arms Kurds

Five Reasons Why There Will Not Be an Alawite State

The Damage to Assad’s Security; Death Rate Soars; Fighting in Damascus; Border Crossings Taken

Tremseh: Lopsided Battle with Rebels; Rebel Commanders Angry; Fares Says Assad Ordered Al-Qaida Bombings;

Tremseh: A Massacre or a Fight? Annan’s New Plan: For and Against

The US Sees Russia as the Weak Link in Support for Assad – But is it?

Wikileaks, Assad and Syria Comment – The Dispute about Tlas – Assad Interview

News Round Up (July 8, 2012)

Manaf Tlas Defection Confirmed: His Statement from Paris

Regime’s Top Sunni Defects – General Manaf Mustafa Tlass Flees to Turkey

News Round Up (3 July 2012)

News Round Up (2 July 2012)

What Came out of the UN Conference on Syria?

Has Russia Flipped? Clinton Says “Yes”

“We are in a State of Real War,” Assad Says; Republican Guard Attacked in Damascus

The Weapons Supply – Who is Deciding Who Gets What?

Rebels Massacre 25 “Shabiha;” An Assad Taken; High Level Military to Defect; Turkish Fighter Shot Down

Will the Syria Opposition Unify? Does it Need to?

UN in Catch 22 in Syria

Ajami’s Syria Rebellion; Homs Bombed

UN Suspends Mission as Syria Becomes Regional Proxy War

SNC Gets New Leader; Insurgency Grows; Foreign Jihadists Flock to Syria; Some Claim Houla Dead are Alawis

The Shabiha State Causes Horror – the Unraveling is sure to Speed Up.

“Stay Out of Syria,” by Joshua Landis in Foreign Policy

Military Casualties Rise; President Spreech; Houla

Stay Out of Syria

The West Worries about Civil War in Syria and Blames Russia

News on Houla Massacre

Syrians Must Be Encouraged And Not Discouraged to Talk About Sectarianism – By Ehsani

Sanctions Stop Food Getting to Syria but Not Arms

Ghalioun Resigns; Can the SNC Recapture Center Stage; Is Shawkat Dead? No Cooking Gas

Activists Worry that Sanctions May Undermine Chances for Future Democracy

The SNC – Conversation between Kodmani, Labwani, & Landis

Opposition Says it has Killed Top Six Regime Figures, But Claim is Doubtful

Election Results of the May 7, 2012 Syrian Elections

The SNC in Trouble as Ghalioun Offers to Resign

Syrian Rebels Become More Lethal

“The Hamas-Syrian Split, a Dilemma for Iran’s Palestinian Strategy,” By Mohammad Ataie

Main Pillars of the Syrian Regime Collapsing

Week’s Round Up (4 May 2012)

From the Comment Section (26 April 2012)

Syria’s Opposition Develops into a Real Insurgency as Assad Uses More Force. Obama Refuses to Jump In

The US Looks for a More Muscular Response to Syria; Damascus Sells Gold in a Sign of Poverty

Truce Shaky but neither Arab League nor West have Better Idea as Opposition Militias Fight Among Themselves

The Cease-fire Shakes; “Syria’s Phase of Radicalisation” by Harling

‘Don’t Drag our Revolution through the Mud!” Farouk Brigade Commander Denies Claims of the self-proclaimed “Executioner of Homs”

“Mohammad’s American Dream in the Sea of Protest,” Documentary

Syria Accepts the Annan Plan if the Opposition Remains Quiet and UN Observers Follow Strict Rules

“Making the Maliki State in Iraq and the Reemergence of Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri” By LTC Joel Rayburn

Will Turkey Invade Syria? Can the West Find a New Calculus for Intervention?

Ceasefire Efforts Unlikely to Work; Government Pursues Rebels; Muslim Brotherhood’s New Convenant

“The hunt for ‘plan B’, by Labott; Syria Needs a George Washington; Syria could become like North Korea; “The Burial Brigade of Homs,” by Putz

Former Secretary James Baker Commenting On Syria – The Charlie Rose Show

The Annan Peace Proposal

The Muslim Brotherhood Issues a New Covenant that Gives Hope

Assad’s Emails Reveal that Syria Has Extremely Weak Government Institutions

“In Defense of Asma al-Assad,” by an Anonymous Syrian

News Round UP (23 March 2012)

Upheaval within the Opposition: Defections, Terrorism, and Preparing for a Phase II Insurgency

“Exclusive: Secret Assad Emails Lift Lid on Life of Leader’s Inner Circle,” in Guardian

Defection Rumors Rife; Annan Diplomacy Founders

Syrian Pound at 90 per Dollar as Government Intervenes

Sunni Deputy Minister Defects; Panetta Pushes back against US Involvement

“Syria’s Currency Plunges, Raising Fears of Economic Chaos and Poverty,” by Joshua Landis

Is Aleppo Slipping out of Government Control?

“Inside Syria – Can Syria’s Opposition Unite?” al-Jazeera English

Formation of SNC Military Council Causes Uproar among Fighters in Syria and Turkey

Syrian National Council to Create Military Bureau

“Free Syrian Army lacks organization in fight against Bashar Assad” by Landis and Reuters Video

Referendum and Friends of Syria Meeting Resolve Little

Friends of Syria Meeting in Tunis Accused of “inactivity”

“The Syrian Uprising of 2011: Why the Asad Regime is Likely To Survive to 2013,” by Joshua Landis in MEP

In Mezzeh, Wealthy Sunnis Begin to Demonstrate; Washington Unlikely to Arm Syrians Soon; Friends of Syria to Meetin in Tunis

“The Implosion,” by Jon Lee Anderson in The New Yorker

“The Declining Number of Christians in Aleppo, Syria,” by Ehsani

UN Vote on Syria; Homs Killings Rise; CNN Shows Alawi Neighborhoods Shelled too

Anthony Shadid Dies in Syria

Syria’s Next Leader: Will He Come from the SNC or the Militias?

The New Syrian Constitution Draft Discussed

Al-Qaida Targets Syria; Military Uses Hostages; World Fumbles for Syria Policy

“The Real Opposition in Syria is Not the Syrian National Council or Free Syrian Army,” by Idaf

Ehsani: What About The Regime?

“Syria’s Opposition Must Find a Different Way,” By Ehsani

“Why Homs is the Center of the Revolt” by Joshua Landis

Rockets Fall on Homs as West and Turkey Weigh Support for Opposition

Landis and Heydemann on PBS News Hour Discuss Diplomatic and Military Options

The UN Veto Turns all Eyes to the Military Effort of the Opposition

UN Security Council Meets; SNC Divisions; Sectarian Attacks and Kidnapping in Homs

Where In The Tunnel Are We? – By Ehsani

“Syria’s Assad regime is doomed, but the battle will be long and bloody,” by Joshua Landis

Analyzing the largest Syria crisis Facebook polls, by Camille Otrakji

Syria Rejects Arab League Request that Assad Step Aside

Zabadani Ceasefire Collapses, as fighting spreads

Haplogroup U – Are We More United And Similar Than We Think? – By EHSANI

“When is the Financial Crisis Coming?” by Ehsani

Opposition Fails to Unify; More Calls for Intervention; The Arab League; First Political Defections

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