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January 18, 2017

Analysis: ‘Chelsea Manning Is No Hero’

It might have been thought that a consistent opposition to treason was not all that difficult. But President Barack Obama’s surprise decision last night to commute the sentence of Bradley, now Chelsea, Manning, showed how deeply political partisanship has penetrated …

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January 13, 2017

Analysis: ‘International Taboo on Chemical Weapons Frays As U.S. Steps Back’

Yesterday, the United States Treasury Department imposed sanctions on eighteen senior officials in the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The sanctions come in response to reports in August and October 2016 by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), …

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January 7, 2017

Analysis: ‘Islamic State Likely To Increase Terrorism Against Turkey’

It was an hour into 2017 that the Islamic State (IS) carried out its first act of mass-murder: an IS jihadist attacked the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, massacring thirty-nine people. IS has been attacking Turkey with increasing frequency over the …

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January 6, 2017

Analysis: ‘The Assad Regime Admits to Manipulating the Islamic State’

From the beginning of the uprising in Syria in 2011, there have been accusations that Bashar al-Assad’s regime was in a de facto partnership with the Islamic State (IS) against the mainstream opposition. These accusations have a considerable basis in …

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January 5, 2017

Analysis: ‘A Counterterrorism Policy in Syria That Helps Terrorists’

In the last week, the American-led Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, whose primary mission is to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (IS), has apparently conducted two airstrikes against senior members of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (JFS), once known as Jabhat al-Nusra, …

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December 20, 2016

Analysis: ‘Turkey and Russia Will Continue to Improve Relations After Ambassador’s Assassination’

The 19th of December, 2016, got all the way to the early afternoon as a quiet news day. By the time it was over, areas of Brussels had been on lockdown as anti-terrorism police swept parts of the city, a …

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December 17, 2016

Analysis: ‘President Obama Defends His Syria Policy to the Last’

At a rally in Pennsylvania as part of his “Thank You Tour” on Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump said:
We’ll build safe zones in Syria. When I look at what’s going on in Syria it’s so sad. It’s so sad, and we’ve …

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December 16, 2016

Analysis: ‘The Islamic State’s Media Apparatus and its New Spokesman’

The Islamic State (IS) has named a new official spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir. Abu Hassan is the fourth man to hold the position of spokesman within the IS movement, and the third since it declared statehood in 2006. Very little …

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December 14, 2016

Analysis: ‘Syria Will Get Worse After Aleppo’s Fall’

In May 2016, the Roman Theatre in Palmyra was the site of a Russian orchestra performance, led by Valery Gergiev, a supporter of Russian ruler Vladimir Putin.
The event was broadcast widely on RT (formerly Russia Today), the state-run English-language propaganda …

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December 12, 2016

Analysis: ‘Palmyra Shows Why Assad Cannot Be A Counter-terrorism Partner’

The Islamic State (IS) is supposed to be on its way to defeat. IS is under assault in Mosul and the operation to evict it from Raqqa began a month ago. Just this morning, Turkish-backed rebel forces in Syria have …

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