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A key supplier of Syria's chemical weapons? North Korea. - PRI

The regime of Kim Jong-un has made a killing selling arms and ammunition to the regime of fellow dictator, Bashar al-Assad. A typical example is a machine gun known as the Type 73, according to Bruce Bechtol, a professor at Angelo State University in ...and more »

Syria Changed the World - New York Times

ISTANBUL — The world seems awash in chaos and uncertainty, perhaps more so than at any point since the end of the Cold War. Authoritarian-leaning leaders are on the rise, and liberal democracy itself seems under siege. The post-World War II order is ...and more »

Syria still has chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Mattis says - Chicago Tribune

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, left, and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis takes seats for a meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, April 21, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst / AP). Robert BurnsAssociated Press. Syria still ...and more »

The Syrian People Have Been Betrayed By All Sides - The Intercept

Where do you stand on the conflict in Syria? This question has become perhaps the ultimate political and sectarian Rorschach test of our time. Are you a leftist or libertarian who opposes U.S. air strikes and waxes lyrical about the paramountcy of ...and more »

Mattis Praises America's Security Partnership With Israel - Department of Defense

The United States is steadfastly committed to Israel's security, and appreciates its partnership with Israel in confronting regional and other threats, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at a joint press conference with Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor ...and more »

Syria still has chemical weapons, US defense secretary says - Washington Post

TEL AVIV — The Syrian government has retained an unspecified amount of chemical weapons and dispersed its aircraft after a U.S. cruise-missile attack this month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. Mattis spoke alongside his Israeli counterpart ...and more »

The Syrian War - London Review of Books

In this episode of the LRB podcast, Adam Shatz talks to Joshua Landis about Syria. Joshua Landis is the Director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma and his blog, Syria Comment, has long been an indispensable guide to a ...and more »

MATTIS: 'No doubt' Syria still has chemical weapons - Business Insider

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Syria still possesses banned chemical weapons. Avigdor Lieberman James Mattis US Defense Secretary James Mattis. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst. TEL AVIV, Israel — Syria still possesses chemical ...and more »

Responding to the Banned Use of Chemical Weapons: When All Else Fails - Justia Verdict

Bashar al-Assad was trained as a medical doctor, but he quickly learned the methods of barbaric dictators. His chemical massacre in the spring of 2017 was the worst since he used chemical weapons in the summer of 2013. After the 2013 killings ...and more »

Syrians babies called 'Putin' in honour of Russian president - The Guardian

Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin. Putin has thrown Russia's military and diplomatic heft squarely behind Assad. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AP. Syrian families are naming their children Putin as a mark of gratitude for the Russian president's ...and more »