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Treating Syrian Casualties in Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:18am
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The video embedded at the bottom of the post is of Dr. Massad Barhoum, the medical director of the Western Galilee Medical Center, one of three Israeli hospitals to treat Syrians wounded in that country’s civil war. He tells of how his hospital was informed by the IDF that they would...

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Returning Syrian Jihadists coming to a town near you?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 11:45am
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A number of news stories have focused on the threat that jihadists returning from Syria present.

In December, the Wall Street Journal reported Jihadists Returning Home to Europe From Syria Pose New Terror Threat:

Authorities in...

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Syrian peace talks end as expected, with total failure

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 17, 2014 at 10:06am
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Did anyone actually expect the Geneva conference with the warring parties in Syria to end in anything other than complete failure?

Apparently someone did.  John Kerry, who now is embittered at the outcome, Kerry Blames Syrian Government for Deadlocked Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement on Sunday night that blamed...

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The Assad Family Business: Mass Murder

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 3, 2014 at 8:45am
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Thirty two years ago yesterday, February 2, 1982, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s father, Hafez, began an assault on the city of Hama to put down a Muslim Brotherhood revolt against his regime. Two years ago NPR recounted:

The facts of that event are well-known, but the photographic evidence has been scant. Then,...

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Syria to Miss Chemical Weapons Deadline

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:37pm
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You might remember that Secretary of State John Kerry was quick to praise President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for completing the job of destroying all chemical weapons facilities in record time.

According to the deal worked out in September with Assad’s protecter, Russia, Syria was to rid itself of all of its...

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First day of Syrian peace conference goes as expected, not well

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:05pm
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How’s the peace conference in Geneva going?

Not well, apparently:

Syria’s government and main political opposition have traded bitter accusations on the first day of a major peace conference in Switzerland.

The opposition and US said President Bashar al-Assad had no legitimacy and must step down from power.

Syria’s foreign minister had a terse exchange...

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Hezbollah chief praises Iran nuke deal, say U.S. wanted broader talks with Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:09pm
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In an interview airing now on Lebanese OTV television, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah discusses the Iranian nuclear deal (summary translation via NOW Lebanon):

The Iran nuclear deal has significant repercussions.

The region’s peoples are the biggest winners from this deal because regional and international forces have been pushing for war with...

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John Kerry and Bashar Assad — mixed history, muddled policy

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 2:21pm
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A few months ago a picture of John and Teresa Heinz Kerry having dinner with Bashar and Asma Assad in 2009 resurfaced.

The timing was awkward because it came just after the Secretary of State condemned Assad as a “thug,” and compared him to Adolph Hitler for his use of chemical weapons.

The...

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Kurds in Syria declare autonomy

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 3:18pm
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While everyone has been focused on the Obamacare and Iranian-nuke debacles, the Kurdish region of Syria declared itself autonomous, which combined with the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq and the large Kurdish region in Turkey, may mark a significant step towards the establishment of a Kurdish state.

Since the Kurds are not...

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Not exactly Breaking News: Turkey is run by Islamists who don’t like Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:31pm
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But you knew that, because we have been following the antics of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for years.

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Lean forward, Israel, like the rest of us

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 1, 2013 at 6:02pm
CNN Israeli Strike Syria Confirmation

Earlier this week three were unconfirmed reports of a very large explosion near the Syrian city of Latakia.

There was relatively little media coverage to start, almost all from Israeli newspapers citing social media accounts.

As in all these cases, Israeli officials were silent as to whodunit.  That’s the dance that takes place...

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The epistemic closure of the Obama foreign policy

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:02pm
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Last week as we noted, the New York Times ran a devastating article about President Obama’s Syria policy. The Times reported, among other things, that the President was disinterested in planning discussions about Syria.

Two other articles reported that America’s Middle East allies generally and the Saudis specifically were upset by the...

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Obama’s Syria policy lost in legalisms

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 9:49am
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Yesterday’s New York Times featured an article Obama’s Uncertain Path Amid Syria Bloodshed that is probably one of the most devastating indictments of the President’s Syria policy published. I don’t think that the reporters set out to critique the President and the tone of the article was always respectful.

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Now that Syria’s Chemical Weapon use confirmed, what does that tell us about Iran?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5:40pm

In addition to last week’s Wall Street Journal article about Iran’s role in training Shi’ites to fight in Syria, there was another important article.

The New York Times reported U.N. Data on Gas Attack Point to Assad’s Top Forces.

The inspectors, instructed to investigate...

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