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Liz Sly
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Dec 29, 2013
Syrian civil war tests borders drawn less than a century ago in Mideast
That half of his farm lies in Syria and half in Lebanon is a source of mystery and inconvenience for Mohammed al-Jamal, whose family owned the property long before Europeans turned up and drew the lines that created the borders of the modern Middle East.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Dec 4, 2013
Iran deal offers hope, peril for Middle East
A surge of diplomacy and an outburst of violence in the days since world powers reached a deal with Iran illustrate both the promise and the peril of what could be the start of a more peaceful era in the Middle East — or the beginning of a new round of bloodletting.
WORLD
Nov 4, 2013
Assad loyalists gaining ground in civil war
Forces loyal to the Syrian government are taking advantage of deepening rifts among Syria's feuding rebels to advance into rebel-held territory in the northern part of the country, overturning some long-held assumptions about the war.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 3, 2013
Extremist rebel groups and Syrian army hide assets to dodge strikes
Al-Qaida-affiliated groups are redeploying their resources in rebel-held parts of Syria amid widespread fears that any strikes carried out by the U.S. would target not only the Syrian government but also Islamists in the opposition, according to rebels.
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Aug 20, 2013
Riyadh vows to make up Egypt aid shortfall
Saudi Arabia is emerging at the forefront of a forceful effort by Persian Gulf monarchies to back Egypt's new military leaders, exacerbating a fierce struggle for influence in the chaotic and increasingly leaderless Arab world and putting the Saudis at odds with the U.S., a long-standing ally.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Aug 13, 2013
Iraqi al-Qaida group widens influence in Syria
A rebranded version of Iraq's al-Qaida affiliate is surging onto the front lines of the war in neighboring Syria, expanding into territory seized by other rebel groups and carving out the kind of sanctuaries that the U.S. military spent more than a decade fighting to prevent in Iraq and Afghanistan.
WORLD
Jul 23, 2013
Hundreds of al-Qaida-linked extremists freed in bloody Iraq jailbreak
Hundreds of extremists are feared to be on the run in Iraq after al-Qaida's affiliate in the country launched a major assault on the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, offering a fresh boost to the group's resurgent fortunes in Iraq and in Syria.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 5, 2013
France 'certain' Syrian regime used sarin gas in civil war
The French government says it has confirmed the use of sarin gas by the Syrian government, and a U.N. panel reports that it has 'reasonable grounds' to believe chemical weapons have been used in the country's civil war.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 17, 2013
U.S. program secretly feeding Syrians
In the heart of rebel-held territory in Syria's northern province of Aleppo, a small group of intrepid Westerners is undertaking a mission of great stealth. Living anonymously in a small rural community, they travel daily in unmarked cars, braving airstrikes, shelling and the threat of kidnapping to...
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Apr 11, 2013
Fight looms for rival Syria rebel factions
As this remote corner of northeastern Syria fast slides out of government control, many Syrians are bracing for what they fear will be another war, between the relatively moderate fighters who first took up arms against the government and the Islamist extremists who emerged more recently with the muscle...
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 21, 2013
Islamic law takes root in Syria's rebel-held territory
The evidence was incontrovertible, captured on video and posted on YouTube for all the world to see. During a protest against the Syrian regime, Wael Ibrahim, a veteran activist, had tossed aside a banner inscribed with the Muslim declaration of faith.

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