Turkey/Syria War Prospect Becomes More Real

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 8:30 am

The crisis between Turkey and Syria intensified today. Turkey’s top military commander warned the Syrians that his country would “respond more strongly” to persistent cross-border attacks that have already killed a handful of Turkish nationals. Turkey has already responded with shelling against targets inside Syria. This threatens opening up a second front in Syria’s civil [...]

Turkey Approves Military Action Against Syria as Cross-Border Attacks Continue

By: Friday October 5, 2012 7:35 am

Turkey’s Parliament approved military action against Syria yesterday, though they downplayed it as not a prelude to an invasion or a “war mandate.” But while Syria apologized for cross-border shelling that killed five in Turkey and drew this response, the Turkish military fired over the border for a second day, as the Turkish Prime Minister [...]

Syria, Turkey Trade Border Attacks

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 7:45 am

Meanwhile, we had cross-border acts of war administered yesterday between a NATO ally and their neighbor. Turkey struck with artillery strikes on Syria yesterday, after one of their border towns was hit with a mortar, killing 5 Turks. This has the potential to escalate very quickly. Turkey stepped up retaliatory artillery strikes on a Syrian [...]

Syrian Regime Floats Resignation of Assad as Possibility

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 8:55 am

I heard LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the chair of the Democratic National Convention, speak last night in Burbank, and among a fairly mainstream liberal speech that focused heavily on the DREAM Act and the Administration’s granting deferred action status for DREAM-eligible undocumenteds, he accused the Romney-Ryan campaign of “saber-rattling on Syria.” This came one day [...]

Reports: Syrian Prime Minister Defects

By: Monday August 6, 2012 9:35 am

As fighting continues in Aleppo, with 20,000 Syrian regime troops preparing a final assault, a confusing set of reports indicates that the Prime Minister has defected to Jordan. A statement read on the al-Jazeera Arabic news channel that was attributed to Prime Minister Riyad al-Hijab said he had resigned to protest his government’s harsh tactics [...]

Annan Quits as Syria Mediator, as US Authorizes Covert Support

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 9:35 am

Kofi Annan has stepped down as the international crisis mediator for the UN on Syria, in an acknowledgement that without unity on the Security Council, nothing will be done at an international level. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is stepping down as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the 17-month-old Syria conflict at the end of [...]

Kurdish Rebels Gain Control of Northern Syria, Risking Turkish Response

By: Friday July 27, 2012 12:59 pm

Observers are bracing for what many believe could be a massacre in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the biggest by population in the country. Regime war planes have already bombed the city where rebels have assembled in an attempt to take and hold ground. Now artillery shelling is taking place, according to the rebels, and [...]

Syria in Chaos After Attack on Regime

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 7:35 am

Yesterday’s attack on the seat of power in Syria (which was not, as initially reported, a suicide attack but a remote-controlled bomb, which actually requires more pre-planning) has completely changed the dynamic in that country. Fighting continues in the neighborhoods surrounding Damascus, the capital, including in patches close to government buildings and the presidential palace. [...]

Suicide Attack Kills Syrian Defense Minister, Other Top Officials

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 8:55 am

A suicide bomb killed the Syrian defense minister and President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law today, among other top officials, in the most direct and effective attack on the Syrian regime since the beginning of the uprising and civil war. Reports said the officials had been killed by a bodyguard in a suicide bombing in the capital [...]

Syria’s Civil War Intensifies With Fighting in Damascus

By: Tuesday July 17, 2012 9:35 am

Fighting in the Syrian capital of Damascus raged for a third straight day, the most sustained challenge to the seat of power of President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian government has escalated their response as a result: Activists in the northern Damascus suburb of Qaboun said the Syrian forces were backed by helicopter gunships, an apparent [...]

Member of Assad’s Inner Circle Defects from Syria

By: Friday July 6, 2012 8:55 am

Brigadier General Manaf Tlass, a commander of the Republican Guard in Syria and a close confidant of President Bashar al-Assad, has defected to Turkey, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius confirmed today. The number of high-ranking officers quitting Mr. Assad’s forces has increased markedly in recent days as violence has mounted. But the departure of General [...]

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