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Why Bashar al-Assad is still in power -

In January 2011, citizens across Egypt and Tunisia began demonstrating against their governments. Their calls for change swelled into a collective outrage that, in Tunisia, quickly pushed the president into exile. Before the year's famous spring had ...and more »

Aleppo: The Capital of Western Indifference - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. BEIRUT—For at least a year before the summer of 2016, civilians and fighters in rebel-held East Aleppo prepared for a siege they believed was both avoidable and ...and more »

The Early Edition: September 30, 2016 - Just Security

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here's today's news. SYRIA. Russia rejected US calls to halt the bombardment of Aleppo yesterday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry ...and more »

United States Suspends Contact With Russia Over Syria Impasse -

WASHINGTON — In a sharp deterioration of relations, the U.S. on Monday suspended diplomatic contacts with Russia over Syria, while Moscow halted cooperation on a joint program for disposal of weapons-grade plutonium. The U.S. move followed a threat ...and more »

What Options Are Left on Syria? -

Nearly six years of civil war capped with one of the most devastating weeks in Syria after the dissolution of a short-lived ceasefire and the possible fall of Aleppo has left the U.S. and global leaders at a crossroads of how to address the seemingly ...and more »

Sectarian fighters mass for battle to capture east Aleppo - The Guardian

Hundreds of Syrian troops and an estimated 5,000 foreign Shia fighters plan imminent advance into besieged area of city. Martin Chulov and Kareem Shaheen in Beirut. Thu 29 Sep 2016 13.49 EDT Last modified on Sat 14 Apr 2018 13.55 EDT. Share on Facebook ...and more »

US suspends talks with Russia on ending Syria conflict as White House says 'nothing more to talk about' - The Independent

The diplomatic chill between the United States and Russia deepened dramatically as the US suspended dialogue between them on ending the war in Syria. By summarily shutting down lines of communication, the US was carrying out a threat it first issued a ...and more »

Analysis: Why Assad's Propaganda Isn't As Crazy As It Seems - News Deeply

BEIRUT – On September 23, Syrian state media announced a new offensive against “terrorists” – its usual term for anyone in rebel-held areas – in eastern Aleppo, which has been under total siege by the government and its allied militias since July. The ...and more »

Russia Warns of 'Terrible' Consequences if US Attacks Syrian Government Forces -

Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as government forces captured a hill on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo under the ...and more »

The Observer view on Russia's actions in Syria and the failure of international law - The Guardian

Serial disregard for the United Nations in the Middle East and elsewhere risks a global conflagration. Sat 1 Oct 2016 15.01 EDT First published on Sat 1 Oct 2016 15.00 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email; View more sharing ...and more »