Weakness of Syrian rebels gives truce a chance

| Feb 24, 2016

Weakness of Syrian rebels gives truce a chance

After five years of carnage, the Syrian civil war seems poised to go on indefinitely. But the “cessation of hostilities” engineered by the U.S. and Russia may actually stand a chance, in part because of the weakness of the mainstream rebels fighting President Bashar ...

Echoes of 1991 Gulf War linger on in Mideast

| Feb 23, 2016

Echoes of 1991 Gulf War linger on in Mideast

The 1991 Gulf War saw only 100 hours of ground fighting as U.S. forces entered Kuwait to end the Iraqi occupation, yet echoes of that conflict have lingered for decades in the Middle East. The war pushed America into opening military bases in the ...

| Feb 17, 2016

Obama under fire for lack of leadership over Syria

The United States is coming under increasingly bitter criticism for its perceived lack of leadership over Syria as the country’s brutal civil conflict heads toward new levels of intensity. Washington appears unable or unwilling to prevent its ally Turkey from bombing Kurdish fighters inside ...