Hey FDD: Israelis are Treating Jihadis, Too

by Jim Lobe The hard-line neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has been campaigning against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP government for many years now. FDD has particularly targeted Erdogan since Israel’s Cast Lead Operation against Gaza… Continue Reading  

New Gestures to Opposition Unlikely to Change U.S. Syria Policy

by Jim Lobe* Despite new gestures of support for the Syrian opposition, the administration of President Barack Obama is unlikely to change its longstanding policy of restraining U.S. involvement in the country’s more than three-year-old civil war, according to experts… Continue Reading  

Beyond Syria: Collateral Damage and New Alliances

by Wayne White The reverberations of the desperate war inside Syria have increasingly radiated outward. In addition to the massive Syrian refugee exodus, Lebanon and Iraq in particular have been impacted adversely by heightened instability and violence. Yet actions associated… Continue Reading  

Syria: Rebel In-Fighting Weakens Uprising

by Wayne White With the Assad regime already on the rebound, violence has spiked between rebel Islamic militants and more moderate opposition combatants within Syria. Although tensions between such groups have existed for some time, changes in the Islamist lineup… Continue Reading  

US Arms for Syrian Rebels: Bad Choices, Lousy Timing

by Wayne White The Obama Administration finally has decided to provide lethal military support to the Syrian rebels. Yet, if Washington’s main focus is providing arms, a detailed review of just that one option suggests it probably would not be… Continue Reading