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April 14, 2017

Analysis: ‘State Department Designates Two Canadian Jihadists in Syria’

The U.S. State Department added two Canadians to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) on 13 April. One of them, Tarek Sakr, of Syrian descent, is associated with Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, which has since been through …

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April 12, 2017

Analysis: ‘America Officially Blames Assad for the Chemical Attack in Khan Shaykhun’

The United States’ cruise missile strikes in Syria in the early hours of 7 April devastated the Shayrat airbase from which, U.S. intelligence assesses, the regime of Bashar al-Assad launched the nerve agent attack on Khan Shaykhun on 4 April. …

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April 10, 2017

Analysis: ‘The West’s Inconsistent Approach To Foreign Fighters in Syria’

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Turkey-based Kurdish Marxist-nationalist insurgent group, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Britain, the United States, NATO, and Turkey, created a new foreign fighter unit in Syria on 31 March. In Syria, the …

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April 9, 2017

Analysis: ‘An American Jihadist At the Top of the Islamic State’

The eighth edition of the Islamic State’s magazine, Rumiyah (Rome), was released on 5 April 2017, and contained an obituary for one of the architects of the magazine itself. Named by his kunyas, Abu Sulayman al-Shami, Abu Sulayman al-Halabi, and …

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Analysis: ‘Donald Trump’s Response to Chemical Attack Could Lead to a Solution in Syria’

Originally published in The Sunday Express
THE strike on the airbase from which Bashar al-Assad’s regime launched chemical weapons was intended to—and succeeded in—raising the price of using weapons of mass destruction and re-establishing the international norm against the use of …

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April 7, 2017

Analysis: ‘Trump’s Strikes Open Options To Correct Syria Policy’

Originally published at TRT World
“On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly …

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Analysis: ‘Trump Succeeds Where Obama Failed, Punishing Assad for Using Chemical Weapons’

The liberal world order isn’t dead yet. On Tuesday morning, in an attempt to terrorize the Syrian population into submission by, among other things, demonstrating that there was no crime so monumental it would trigger an international response, the regime …

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April 6, 2017

Analysis: ‘Will Assad’s Latest Atrocity Galvanise Trump, Where Obama Failed?’

President Donald Trump is not known for his ideological and political constancy, but he came into office having actually been relatively consistent in his rhetoric on Syria.
For Trump, the major focus was on eliminating the Islamic State (IS); the Kurdish …

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April 4, 2017

Analysis: ‘Assad’s Chemical Strategy: Terrorise Locally, Humble Internationally’

Originally published at The Telegraph
The United Nations has confirmed that the chemical weapons dropped on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria early on Tuesday morning were delivered by aerial bombardment, which is as much as to say that the …

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Analysis: ‘Brazen Chemical Attack in Syria Tests the World Again’

Overnight, a warplane—belonging either to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad or the Russian government that is supporting his war effort—has dropped chemical weapons on a town in northern Syria, massacring at least forty people.
While it will take time to confirm exactly what was …

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