Trump Orders Strikes on Syria

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by Derek Davison Late Friday evening Washington time, President Donald Trump announced in a televised address that he has ordered the U.S. military, in conjunction with the armed forces of the United Kingdom and France, “to launch precision strikes on… Continue Reading  

President Trump, Remove Assad From Power, or You’re Just Like Obama

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by Emile Nakhleh In response to the “barbaric” chemical attack by the “animal” Assad on Douma, a suburb of Damascus, over the weekend, President Donald Trump has promised that Assad and his patrons Russia and Iran would pay a “big… Continue Reading  

The Syrian Timebomb is Ticking More Loudly

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by Robert E. Hunter The conflict in Syria could soon take on dimensions that no one outside of that country really wants and with consequences that will have destructive effects far beyond the local issues at stake, notably intensifying US-Russian… Continue Reading  

Can U.S. Respond to Syria Chemical Weapons Attack without Risking Escalation?

Victims of the 2013 chemical attack in Ghouta (Wikimedia Commons)

by Sam Heller After an apparent chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held Damascus suburb Saturday, the United States and its allies are considering retaliatory strikes against the Syrian government. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Sam Heller lays out the Douma attack’s… Continue Reading  

US Isn’t Leaving Syria—But Media Lost It When Possibility Was Raised

U.S. soldier exits a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter (U.S. Marine photo/Sgt. Brian Kester).

by Gregory Shupak At a rally in Cleveland last week, President Donald Trump said that the US will get out of Syria “very soon.” It is now clear that the 4,000 US troops currently occupying Syria (Washington Post, 10/31/17) will in… Continue Reading