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Negotiating with all sides to armed conflicts has been recognized as a critical aspect of protection of civilians.
The U.S. presidential election mercifully has ended. But global conflict continues. And politicians are still attempting to drag America into another tragic, bloody Middle Eastern conflict.
Both before and during the aerial bombardment of Taleban strongholds, I conducted phone interviews in Dari with fixed line
Reports that Iraqi Baathists, Iranian elements, and others have played a role in the workings of ISIS do not appear to be in keeping with the principle of ideological purity on which the Islamic State says it is based.
With no official documentation publicly available, latest cease-fire negotiated by the US and Russia has been criticized as unusually vague, nontransparent, and weak.
Maybe after five years of awful turmoil, tens of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees and vast destruction of cities, giving into Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad is not the worst option for Obama at this point.
Despite the best efforts of Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime to terrorize the city into submission, some 300,000 Syrians will be spared, for the time-being, from the onset of disease and starvation at the hands of a government still permitted to represent Syria in the United Nations.
The beheading of a child and use of poison gas in Syria ought to awaken Obama and Putin to the dangers of sticking with their chosen allies. But it won't happen.
The militant organization is one of the most powerful in Syria, and is an internationally designated terror group.
Congress should approve future military action only when Washington has no alternative course to protect America--its territory, people, or constitutional liberties.
As Cambanis admits, the Obama administration has been "funding, training, and arming parts of the opposition" for several years now. And he acknowledges that "Most of the armed opposition has survived only because of foreign intervention -- the exceptions being the most distressing elements: Islamic State and Nusra."
The United States needs to do more than wag its finger at Syrian rebel groups for "comingling" with Al Qaeda-affiliated Salafist jihadists or else an already tenuous ceasefire accord between government and opposition forces is destined to collapse.
The Syrian war is clearly un-winnable. With the Aleppo ceasefire, it is possible the US and Russia are waking up to this fact.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse ...
Assad once supported the same extremism he now fights against.
BEIRUT -- Putin's surprise drawdown announcement seems intended to test whether it's possible for America and Russia to trust one another and work together in Syria, and to find a path to an eventual solution for the war-torn country. A lot rides on this; it's not just about Syria. It will shape the global order, one way or another.
They were labeled "second-hand clothes" to avoid suspicion.