WorldViews: Syria


Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Syria’s ‘lost generation’ might be largest displacement since WWII

United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, Ant nio Guterres, is urging the international community to share the burden of Syria’s tragedy.

By Zoeann Murphy  |  05:52 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Refugees, Syria, United Nations

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Syrian elections mocked with grim hashtag #AssadCampaignSlogans

Assad is up for reelection on June 3, but few are taking it seriously.

By Adam Taylor  |  09:28 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  #AssadCampaignSlogans, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/20/2014

This fantastic 12th-century castle is Syrian troops’ latest conquest

Citadels that have stopped medieval crusaders are being put to use again, and thus attacked again.

By Terri Rupar  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Save the Children ‘Second a Day’ ad is shocking, until you see a real Syrian child refugee

Save the Children’s ad is part of its effort to raise money for Syrian child refugees.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:09 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/26/2014

This photo from Syria is horrifying, but does seeing it change anything?

The dark situation in Yarmouk, Damascus.

By Adam Taylor  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, United Nations, War

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 02/12/2014

This map of Syria shows why the war will be so difficult to end

Territory is increasingly divided between several groups, none of them strong enough to win or willing to negotiate.

By Max Fisher  |  03:27 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Syria

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/28/2014

‘Return to Homs’: the Syria documentary that just won big at Sundance

The film follows a group of young Syrians in the city of Homs for two years.

By Max Fisher  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 01/22/2014

A photographer followed some doctors into Syrian refugee camps. This is what he saw.

12 powerful photos by Magnum’s Stuart Franklin.

By Anup Kaphle  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Obama explains his thinking on Syria and it is profoundly conservative

“I am not haunted by my decision not to engage in another Middle Eastern war.“

By Max Fisher  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/07/2014

2013 was the year of cybersecurity

An hour-long discussion with Peter Singer and Allan Friedman of Brookings.

By Max Fisher  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, North Korea, NSA, Syria

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Israeli study of foreign fighters in Syria suggests Shiites may outnumber Sunnis

The new examination of open-source data finds some worrying trends in Syria.

By William Booth  |  11:53 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 12/24/2013

What makes Syria’s ‘barrel bombs’ so scary

By all accounts, the bombs are not that effective. But there’s something more here.

By Max Fisher  |  01:31 PM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Location of Syrian peace talks bumped for luxury watch fair

If there’s a better symbol of the world’s priorities, I haven’t seen it.

By Max Fisher  |  03:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 12/16/2013

The Middle Eastern snowstorm, viewed from space

An amazing NASA satellite image shows snow across the region.

By Max Fisher  |  01:50 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, Syria

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 12/12/2013

23 photos of the Middle East’s first snowy winter in decades

Dramatic images capture the region’s first major snowfall in decades.

By Max Fisher  |  01:20 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Why is the U.S. okay with Israel having nuclear weapons but not Iran?

The question, and its surprising answer, are more complicated than you might think.

By Max Fisher  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Syria

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Will Syria’s civil war spread to Lebanon? The case for ‘no’

All the major players have an interest in keeping Lebanon stable.

By Max Fisher  |  11:22 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lebanon, Syria

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Who’s afraid of AIPAC: Is everything we think about lobbying and foreign policy wrong?

What it says that a group of idealistic kids got the U.S. to send troops after Joseph Kony.

By Max Fisher  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, Uganda

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Political science says Syria’s civil war will probably last at least another decade

Studies find the average civil war runs 10 years, but Syria’s has many traits that can make them even longer.

By Max Fisher  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Good news from Syria (really): Chemical weapons being dismantled on schedule

The good news is also kind of bad news, though.

By Max Fisher  |  03:32 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 10/10/2013

The price of oil just went up because traders misread a tweet

Traders thought this tweet, about the 1973 Israel-Arab War, was about current events.

By Max Fisher  |  03:02 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Energy, Israel, Syria

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 10/07/2013

The awkward politics of Banksy's satirical Syria video

The British artist made a YouTube spoof that's getting a mixed reception from people who follow the war.

By Max Fisher  |  04:04 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Bombings in Iraq aren't just killing Iraqis they're also helping Syria's Assad

Iraq's worsening violence feeds into Syria which feeds back into Iraq.

By Max Fisher  |  02:57 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Syria

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Did the window for arming Syrian rebels just close?

A big shake-up in the opposition may have shut off some U.S. options for the war.

By Max Fisher  |  12:32 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Why Obama’s big U.N. speech on Syria was so awkwardly inconsistent

Obama wants to end the war and curb chemical weapons, but calls for contradictory action to achieve those goals.

By Max Fisher  |  03:49 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, United Nations

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Read: Full text of Obama’s speech to the United Nations on Syria, Iran and war

The president pledged deep U.S. involvement in the Middle East and in ending conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  11:25 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Nations

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 09/23/2013

For once, the U.N. General Assembly actually matters. Here are eight big reasons why.

WORLDVIEWS | There’s a lot at stake in New York, from detente with Iran to NSA spying.

By Max Fisher  |  05:36 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Russia, Syria

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 09/19/2013

An e-mail to the United States from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Assad says he wants $1 billion from the U.S. to remove his chemical weapons.

By Max Fisher  |  04:36 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Yes, Iran is watching Obama’s handling of Syria closely. Why that’s great news.

Backing down on Syria is the best thing Obama could do for his credibility with Iran.

By Max Fisher  |  10:48 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Did we just get a glimpse of Syria’s second civil war?

Open fighting between moderate and extremist rebels is a very bad sign for the conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Still doubt Assad’s forces were behind Syria’s chemical attack? Look at this map.

The sarin-filled artillery shells appear to have been fired from within a Republican Guard base.

By Max Fisher  |  01:10 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Why Obama’s indecisive, wishy-washy Syria strategy is actually working

The president’s lack of resolve may actually be an asset in the Syria crisis.

By Max Fisher  |  12:24 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/16/2013

An infographic guide to Syria’s chemical weapons, how they work and how to destroy them

The infographic explains what chemical weapons do to people and how they’re delivered.

By Max Fisher  |  03:18 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 09/16/2013

The U.N. chemical weapons report is pretty damning for Assad

Five details in the report seem to strongly implicate the Syrian government.

By Max Fisher  |  02:53 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 09/16/2013

What Syria looks like to Red Cross workers on the ground

An interview with Magne Barth, the head of mission of the ICRC in Syria.

By Ernesto Londo o  |  12:43 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Everything is a negotiation: How to understand the Obama-Putin-Assad standoff

While it may look messy, the Obama-Putin-Assad standoff is actually just standard diplomacy. And it’s working.

By Max Fisher  |  02:21 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed, annotated and fact-checked

The Russian president made a direct appeal to Americans. Here’s a look between the lines.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 09/12/2013

No, Obama did not just confer international legitimacy on Assad

It’s been the U.S. position for months that Assad should step down only as part of a voluntary peace deal.

By Max Fisher  |  07:22 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 09/11/2013

This is the speech Obama would give on Syria if he were brutally honest

The president made his case to the nation for striking Syria. What if he’d taken truth pills?

By Max Fisher  |  01:02 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 09/11/2013

To sell Syria, Obama chose political science over scare tactics. That’s a big deal.

His speech felt like a lesson in political science, not the threat-inflation we usually hear from presidents seeking military action.

By Max Fisher  |  08:58 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 09/10/2013

This is the hard part: Getting that Syria plan through the United Nations

It all comes down to whether the world can agree on how to hold Assad accountable.

By Max Fisher  |  05:20 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Don’t get your hopes up. Syria might be adopting the North Korea playbook.

Assad could pretend to be forever on the verge of disarming.

By Max Fisher  |  04:07 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Yes, Russia might oppose its own Syria plan. Here’s why.

Russia’s threat to block its own proposal for removing Syrian chemical weapons might not be as bad as it seems.

By Max Fisher  |  01:36 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Syria’s plan to give up its chemical weapons could make things worse, not better

Eight hard truths about Russia’s proposal that should give anyone pause.

By Max Fisher  |  09:19 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 09/09/2013

John Kerry is dangerously bad at selling Syria strikes

Kerry's fumbles aren't just bad politics, they pose a real threat to U.S. diplomacy on Syria.

By Max Fisher  |  03:51 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Russia urges Syria to give up chemical weapons. Game changer or a shrewd bluff?

Even if Russia's proposal for Syria is just a diversion, it's a sign that Obama's approach is actually working.

By Max Fisher  |  11:38 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Charlie Rose shows he knows Obama’s weak spots

This is code-switching of a subtle and very high-stakes sort.

By Max Fisher  |  10:33 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 09/07/2013

Samantha Power’s case for striking Syria

"We have exhausted our options."

By Max Fisher  |  07:40 AM ET, 09/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Actual good news: U.S. and Iran still looking for peace, despite tension over Syria

A rare silver lining in a region full of bad news.

By Max Fisher  |  01:36 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/06/2013

A terrorism expert’s Twitter rant about how we get Syrian rebels all wrong

"One simply CANNOT view the #Syria conflict as one single conflict."

By Max Fisher  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/05/2013

The four reasons Russia won’t give up Syria, no matter what Obama does

President Obama might want to talk Putin out of backing Assad, but he probably can't.

By Max Fisher  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 09/05/2013

The real case for Syria strikes makes sense, so why isn’t anyone making it?

Here's the administration's original argument and why they may have decided it's impossible to sell politically.

By Max Fisher  |  09:31 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 09/04/2013

This Jon Stewart episode is everything wrong with how we talk about Syria

Actual Syrians have become supporting players in a drama that's all about us.

By Max Fisher  |  03:28 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 09/03/2013

The 11 questions Congress faces on Syria

What's at stake for the U.S.? Who's on our side? What happens if we do nothing?

By Max Fisher  |  04:05 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Teju Cole’s 9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask

Yes, the first question of his parody is "What is Britain?"

By Max Fisher  |  09:33 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  9 questions, Syria, United Kingdom

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Should the the U.S. strike Syria? These are the five smartest arguments.

Some of the strongest cases for and against limited U.S. military strikes against Syria.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 09/02/2013

Capturing Syria: A brief video interview with war photographer Goran Tomasevic

"If I show the brutality of the war, like in Syria, maybe some people will think a bit more."

By Max Fisher  |  07:32 AM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 08/31/2013

Obama’s Syria choice: Good for politics, good for the constitution, bad for Syria

He symbolically rolled back executive powers and cornered Congress, but what about Assad?

By Max Fisher  |  04:59 PM ET, 08/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 08/31/2013

Member of Congress berates Obama for consulting Congress on Syria

Any member of Congress might reasonably conclude they're politically safer not touching Syria issues.

By Max Fisher  |  03:33 PM ET, 08/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 08/30/2013

The five big points from John Kerry’s speech on Syria

The U.S. is still committed to strikes but it would really like some allies.

By Max Fisher  |  03:28 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 08/30/2013

The 23 Twitter accounts you must follow to understand Syria

The best and most informative journalist, think-tanker, activist and generalist accounts.

By Max Fisher  |  01:13 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Don’t blame Cameron for the Syria vote. Blame the ghosts of Iraq.

Britain never quite exorcised those ghosts, as the United States did.

By Max Fisher  |  07:08 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Syria, United Kingdom

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Here’s where Syria is located on a map, in case you didn’t know (many don’t)

It's okay, you can admit it: lots of smart people might not know the answer.

By Max Fisher  |  04:22 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 08/29/2013

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

Yes, the first question is "What is Syria?"

By Max Fisher  |  12:52 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  9 questions, Syria

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Read and watch: Obama discusses his current thinking on Syria

"Let me talk about what’s at stake here." Full transcript and video.

By Max Fisher  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Here’s a telling map of the most likely strike targets in Syria

The map drives home how much more limited this would be than the Libya intervention.

By Max Fisher  |  01:02 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 08/28/2013

The red line fallacy: What everyone gets wrong about why the U.S. would strike Syria

"Restoring American credibility" is the wrong way to understand possible U.S. strikes on Syria.

By Max Fisher  |  11:24 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Why the Syrian Electronic Army loves to hack the American media

The apparent attack against the New York Times is the latest in a string.

By Max Fisher  |  06:03 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, Syria

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 08/27/2013

The first truly heartwarming video from Syria in a long time

The moving footage purports to show a father reuniting with a young child he thought had died.

By Max Fisher  |  05:10 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Here’s why Obama is giving up the element of surprise in Syria

The point of any strikes wouldn't be to win the war, it would be a finite, calibrated punishment.

By Max Fisher  |  03:28 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Why Google brought its app store to Iran, and what it could mean for Syria

Google is taking advantage of newly loosened U.S. sanctions against Iran.

By Brian Fung  |  02:31 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 08/27/2013

The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated

A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.

By Max Fisher  |  12:30 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Syria

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Obama wants to punish Assad, not win the Syrian civil war

Criticism that cruise missiles won't shape the war's outcome misses the point.

By Max Fisher  |  04:59 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Kerry's Syria presser: That was a war speech

The U.S. will likely restrain itself to limited off-shore strikes, but it laid out a big case.

By Max Fisher  |  04:00 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Read the full transcript: Kerry's speech on Syria, chemical weapons and the need to respond

"There must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people."

By Max Fisher  |  03:27 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 08/26/2013

New poll: Syria intervention even less popular than Congress

Only 9 percent of Americans say they support intervention. Almost twice as many like Congress.

By Max Fisher  |  02:38 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 08/26/2013

The Middle East, explained in one (sort of terrifying) chart

"Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day."

By Max Fisher  |  12:43 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Lebanon, Syria

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 08/26/2013

The simple case for (and against) limited U.S. strikes on Syria

In three bulletpoints each, understanding the arguments on either side of a difficult question.

By Max Fisher  |  08:45 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 08/23/2013

The U.S. does have nonmilitary options in Syria. Here are four of them.

President Obama, like much of Washington, seems stuck between risky military escalation and a floundering status quo.

By Max Fisher  |  09:45 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 08/21/2013

A partial list of Syria's suspected chemical weapons attacks this year

The recent deaths in Damascus are far from the first incident.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  04:21 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 08/21/2013

The one video from Syria's alleged chemical weapons attack that everyone should watch

There's no death or blood, it's not graphic or violent. But it shows an important side of Syria we often miss.

By Max Fisher  |  02:50 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Five reasons the U.S. doesn't act on Syria chemical weapons reports

The Obama administration's strategy, not to mention domestic politics, point away from responding.

By Max Fisher  |  01:07 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 08/13/2013

Al-Qaeda faction in Syria hands out Teletubbies and Spiderman dolls

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has enlisted Tinky Winky in its fight for hearts and minds.

By Max Fisher  |  03:49 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Satellite images show Syria neighborhoods before and after Scud missile strikes

Amnesty International says the photos prove the Syrian regime's "utter disregard" for international law.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:31 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Syrian rebel fatwa bans croissants as a symbol of Western colonial oppression

The ban, while comical on its face, reflects the growing reach of radical al-Qaeda-affiliated groups.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:26 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joined Instagram. Here are his first photos.

The sunny, cheery photos are often followed by vicious commenter fights.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:15 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Al-Qaeda hosts a family fair in Syria, complete with ice cream and jihad

As the group gains territory in Syria, it's seeking to promote a cuddlier image.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Four reasons why you should care about the al-Qaeda jailbreak in Iraq

Things were already worsening in Iraq, but this has potentially even wider implications.

By Max Fisher  |  12:22 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Syria

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 06/20/2013

The refugee crisis you don't see: 29 million people displaced in their own countries

Those people are harder to reach and often receive less humanitarian aid.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:32 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Obama's doctrine on Syria: 'What we're trying to do is take sides against extremists'

The U.S. seems to be making chaos, instability and extremism its primary adversaries in Syria, not President Assad.

By Max Fisher  |  11:49 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Fareed Zakaria's case against U.S. involvement in Syria

Is he right that a sectarian bloodletting is going to happen whether we try to stop it or not?

By Max Fisher  |  04:26 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Why small arms would be unlikely to help Syria's rebels

Both champions and critics of intervention warn that sending just small arms would carry little benefit with high risk.

By Max Fisher  |  02:34 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 06/13/2013

The U.S. says Syria has used chemical weapons. Now what?

Obama called it a "red line," but it's not clear that his administration is changing course.

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 06/12/2013

'America talked the talk while Iran walked the walk'

How did Tehran outmaneuver the U.S., not to mention Saudi Arabia, in Syria's civil war?

By Max Fisher  |  12:11 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Report: Syrian rebels executed a 14-year-old boy for insulting Islam

Al-Qaeda-allied groups are exerting ever crueler authority over areas under their control.

By Max Fisher  |  03:50 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 06/05/2013

What do Susan Rice and Samantha Power promotions mean for Syria policy? Probably not much

The two are famous supporters of liberal interventionism, but don't look for them to push it in Syria.

By Max Fisher  |  01:30 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Many in Middle East oppose E.U. decision on Syria arms embargo

In recent opinion polls, people in five of six Arab countries have overwhelmingly responded that they want foreign governments to stay out.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:24 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Map: How the world voted on a U.N. resolution for political transition in Syria

It's revealing to look at the 12 countries that voted in Syria's favor and the 59 that abstained.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Maps, Russia, Syria, United Nations

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 05/14/2013

A heartbreaking photo of a young Syrian girl selling bread amid destruction

A hint of normalcy in Deir al-Zour as well as a tragic sign of the war's deep damage.

By Max Fisher  |  03:29 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Six ways Assad has turned the tide in Syria

Regime forces appear to have regained the momentum in the conflict, at least for now.

By Max Fisher  |  01:28 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Syrian pro-Assad hacker insists attacks are funny: 'Haters gonna hate'

A member of the Syrian Electronic Army responds to my characterization of the group.

By Max Fisher  |  11:42 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Video: This Syrian rebel doesn't need hands to fire his Kalashnikov

Is he a symbol of the war's perpetuity or the rebels' bravery?

By Max Fisher  |  11:18 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 05/08/2013

How did Syria cut off the entire country from the Internet?

The prevailing theory from the latest such incident is complicated but we explain with a video.

By Max Fisher  |  09:54 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Web monitor: 'Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet'

Is the Internet blackout a deliberate precursor to some sort of regime campaign?

By Max Fisher  |  05:17 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 05/06/2013

This is how sarin kills

The chemical weapon, possibly released in Syria, turns the victim's own nervous system against him or her.

By Max Fisher  |  04:26 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Syrian hackers seize The Onion's Twitter account, aren't very funny

The pro-Assad cyber vandals attempt to mimic The Onion style, with a touch of anti-Semitism.

By Max Fisher  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Syrian chemical weapons reports get murkier

Were rebels, and not the regime, actually responsible for the alleged sarin exposure?

By Max Fisher  |  01:06 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Astonishing video from the Israeli airstrikes on Syria

Israeli jets attacked Syria twice over the weekend, an unusual escalation.

By Max Fisher  |  10:15 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Syria

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Obama may arm Syrian rebels: Why now?

Three theories on why the administration signaled it might change policy on Syria.

By Max Fisher  |  11:29 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Video: Obama reiterates Syria 'red line' but vague on response if crossed

The administration still seems hesitant to pledge any sort of response if it finds that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons.

By Max Fisher  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Video: Amateur singer's heartbreaking song for Syria sweeps the Arab world

A young man from Aleppo channeled his country's pain in a performance on the Arab version of American Idol.

By Max Fisher  |  11:44 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Take a 360-degree tour inside Aleppo's now-devastated Umayyad Mosque

The mosque was one of Syria's oldest and most precious landmarks, dating back to the 11th century

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:37 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Yes, it's a big deal if Syria crossed the chemical weapons 'red line.' Here's why.

The taboo against chemical weapons is about more than just Syria: it's about every war that comes after.

By Max Fisher  |  11:49 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Half of Americans can't identify Syria on a map (young Republicans do slightly better)

One in five respondents told Pew they thought it was Turkey.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 04/25/2013

What is Obama's red line on chemical weapons and what happens if Syria crosses it?

The administration has articulated the red line six times. Here's what it said, what it means and what it has promised to do about it.

By Max Fisher  |  05:01 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Three important caveats on the Syria chemical weapons report

U.S. intelligence believes forces loyal to Assad may have used sarin gas.

By Max Fisher  |  02:03 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Syrian hackers claim AP hack that tipped stock market by $136 billion. Is it terrorism?

The Free Syrian Army claimed a bit of juvenile vandalism that temporarily erased huge amounts of equity that was later recovered.

By Max Fisher  |  04:32 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, Syria

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Syria's pro-Assad hackers are hijacking high-profile Twitter feeds

The Syrian Electronic Army is going after media groups and even FIFA.

By Max Fisher  |  03:28 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Russian analyst: Moscow believes Washington is gripped by 'strategic insanity'

Fyodor Lukyanov on the lessons that he says Russia drew from the Iraq War.

By Max Fisher  |  03:14 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Russia, Syria

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Would Saddam Hussein have survived the Arab Spring?

My theory for why the Iraqi dictator, were he still alive, would have rode it out.

By Max Fisher  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Algeria, Iraq, Syria

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Syria's pro-Assad hackers infiltrate Human Rights Watch Web site and Twitter feed

The Syrian Electronic Army has defaced the influential NGO's Web site.

By Max Fisher  |  05:18 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/15/2013

The 'Alawite Lane'

A sign of Syria's sectarian breakdown and a warning about what could happen after Assad.

By Max Fisher  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 03/06/2013

There are now 1 million Syrian refugees

More than 400,000 people have fled Syria since January alone.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:10 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Syria's education crisis, in three charts

School attendance in Aleppo has plummeted to 6 percent

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Are Syria's pro-Assad hackers up to something more nefarious?

Social media hacks are a reminder that the Syrian Electronic Army may also be spying on revolutionary groups.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:04 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Syrian refugee count could hit 1 million within a week

The United Nations estimates that 7,000 people flee war-torn Syria each day

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Today's reads: Anger and shame in Syria, the Fox News of China

A moving essay on Syria's psyche and other must-reads of the day.

By Max Fisher  |  08:58 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, Syria, Today's Reads

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Five most bizarre quotes from Bashar al-Assad's new interview

The Syrian leader sticks to his theory that Syrians love him and the rebels are just foreign thugs or terrorists.

By Max Fisher  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/13/2013

The mystery of Syria's missing-in-action foreign ministry spokesman

Jihad Makdissi, who issued a recent statement that only adds to the confusion, abruptly disappeared in November.

By Liz Sly  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013

The 11 foreign policy takeaways from Obama's State of the Union

Less Afghanistan and Syria, more cyber security and drones, outreach to Iran and more.

By Max Fisher  |  11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, C.I.A., Cyber Security, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/05/2013

A staggering map of the 54 countries that reportedly participated in the CIA's rendition program

The global but secret campaign included help from Iran and Syria, among others.

By Max Fisher  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C.I.A., Iran, Maps, Syria

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Israel's strike on Syria as a dress rehearsal for conflict with Iran

After years of a mutual testing of wills, both Israel and Iran get another opportunity with Wednesday's airstrike.

By Max Fisher  |  12:14 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Syria

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/31/2013

How Israel's air strike could help Syria

Nothing brings wary allies together like a common enemy.

By Max Fisher  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Assad's office posts pictures of his wife looking decidedly not pregnant

The pictures are intended to contest recent claims that she's expecting.

By Liz Sly  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Assad's office issues statement contesting pregnancy report

His office's Facebook page has taken the unusual step of directly challenging the story.

By Max Fisher  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Obama, in new interview, seems to lean away from Syria intervention

The president's comments suggest he does not currently see U.S. military involvement as worth the risks.

By Max Fisher  |  03:19 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Syria's Bashar al-Assad says his wife is pregnant

The Syrian leader's wife, Asma al-Assad, already has three children.

By Max Fisher  |  02:49 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 01/25/2013

The all-female militias of Syria

The national defense forces are now deploying women, some of whom have been seen ripping veils off of civilian women.

By Liz Sly and Ahmed Ramadan  |  12:44 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013

A defector's tale: Assad's reluctant army

Many of Assad's soldiers don't actually support his cause.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/03/2013

War tourism: A thrill-seeking Japanese trucker in Syria

The strange allure of war zones.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 12/22/2012

Photo call: Send us your old images of Aleppo

The Washington Post is looking for photos of Aleppo as it once was.

By Max Fisher  |  11:10 AM ET, 12/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Home News, Syria

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group is feuding with WordPress on Twitter

Jabhat al-Nusra, designated a terrorist group by the U.S., broke into English to defend its "freedom of speech."

By Max Fisher  |  01:31 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Writing on the wall: Why world leaders now foresee Assad's fall

Moscow for the first time acknowledged that he might fall, the NATO chief says it's only a matter of time, and an Iraqi official says it will be "weeks."

By Max Fisher  |  11:57 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Russia, Syria

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 12/13/2012

The scrappy Syrian TV station where reporters file via Facebook and Gchat

How the independent Aleppo Today station documents every bomb blast and street battle.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:36 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 12/12/2012

What Syria's Scud missile launches tell us about the regime's thinking

The long-range, not-so-accurate missiles are an odd choice for fighting rebel groups. Maybe Assad is sending the West a message?

By Max Fisher  |  01:20 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 12/10/2012

A poem for Damascus

As rebels move closer toward Syria's long-quiet capital, pausing to appreciate Nizar Qabbani's lover letter to the city.

By Max Fisher  |  03:48 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Google trends: The moment Syria's 'revolution' became a 'civil war'

Data on Google searches for Syria's conflict reveal the changing narrative of the war.

By Max Fisher  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 12/07/2012

The chemical question: Dual Iraq legacies hang over a U.S. dilemma on Syria

As the U.S. considers when and how to respond if Syria moves toward deploying chemical weapons, two dark memories from Iraq may weigh on the decision.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Syria

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Why the red line on Syria's chemical weapons matters

Why would the U.S. "take action," as Hillary Clinton warned, over Syria deploying chemical weapons as opposed to the conventional ones it's been using against civilians?

By Max Fisher  |  01:46 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Syria

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Syria video purports to show use of white phosphorus

A video surfaced Thursday that appears to show a Syrian military helicopter shooting canisters of white phosphorus.

By Babak Dehghanpisheh  |  11:18 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 12/04/2012

New video documents utter destruction in old Aleppo

It was only six months ago that Syria's largest city was one of its calmest.

By Max Fisher  |  09:53 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/01/2012

Chart: Syrian Internet appears to be back on in some areas

Reports that service has been restored.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Video said to show Syrian rebel executing unarmed prisoners

Scrutinizing a much-discussed, little-understood, bloody video is in some ways representative of how the outside world now watches the war.

By Max Fisher  |  06:11 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Can U.S. communication kits' help Syrians get around the Internet blackout?

The satellite Web access tools could play a crucial role in helping rebels to stay in communication, but some Syrians say they're not getting the promised kits.

By Max Fisher  |  01:51 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 11/30/2012

Surprising video shows Syrian Internet connections dropping one by one

Connections were pruned away one by one in the full blackout.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:27 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 11/30/2012

Syria Internet outage: How it might have happened and what it means

Assad regime likely re-routed Internet addresses

By Olga Khazan  |  09:51 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 11/29/2012

The three big questions on Syria's Internet blackout

Did web service go completely dark in the country because the military is planning something or as a reaction against rebel gains?

By Max Fisher  |  03:10 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 11/29/2012

A stunning chart shows Syria's Internet blackout

Web traffic in and out of the country has reportedly dropped to zero almost immediately.

By Max Fisher  |  11:02 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Web monitor: 100 percent of Syria's Internet just shut down

If this report of a near-blackout is accurate, then why did the regime wait so long?

By Max Fisher  |  10:04 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Mapping the recent events in Syria

Some of the major events, videos and stories coming out of the country over the past week.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:49 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Videos appear to show Syrian rebels shooting down military helicopter

Regime forces have long dominated Syria's skies, so a successful shoot-down would be significant.

By Max Fisher  |  11:46 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Video allegedly shows Syrian rebels capturing strategic army base

The clips appear to support the rebels' claim of seizing the base just outside of capital city Damascus.

By Max Fisher  |  04:16 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Raw video of Israeli tanks firing at Syria

Despite this volley, Israel seems to be working to avoid the conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  11:45 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Syria

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Syrian opposition figures expect little change if Romney wins

Members of the Syrian National Council expressed skepticism that he would pursue a different course in Syria than President Obama.

By Babak Dehghanpisheh  |  01:06 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Syria

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Pro-Assad page claims Syria and Iran engineered Hurricane Sandy

A popular Facebook page "confirms" that the Syrian and Iranian governments were behind the storm.

By Max Fisher  |  01:54 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/27/2012

Report: One day in, Syrian forces already breaking cease-fire

Activists say warplanes bombed a suburb on day two of a four-day truce.

By Max Fisher  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Presidential debate: Obama and Romney almost word-for-word same on Syria

The candidates strained to articulate a policy difference on worsening the Middle East conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Why Wissam al-Hassan matters for the Middle East

The Lebanese official's death may mark an increasing internationalization of the Syrian war.

By Max Fisher  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lebanon, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 10/19/2012

A car bomb in Beirut: Photos of Lebanon in shock

Firefighters and concerned locals rushed to the scene of the city's first car blast since 2008.

By Max Fisher  |  10:51 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lebanon, Syria

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 10/18/2012

A Syrian air force pilot explains why he bombed civilians

A terrifeid officer says he believed the houses were filled with foreign terrorists.

By Max Fisher  |  12:28 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Who’s fighting whom in Syria?

Syria contains a number of different religious factions, all of whom want slightly different outcomes to the uprising there.

By Olga Khazan  |  08:58 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  assad, free syrian army, kurds, Syria

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/10/2012

Syria’s failed cease-fire and the limits of social media

Does the failure of the cease-fire on Tuesday give us a sense of what social media can’t always do?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, United Nations, social media

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Twitter hoaxer Tommaso De Benedetti comes clean

The Rome schoolteacher has faked the identities of major world leaders like Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  05:28 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Afghanistan, Syria, Tommaso De Benedetti, online hoaxes

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Syrian uprising: Imam tells rape victims they deserve to be honored

Women Under Siege, a project that documents rape as a weapon of war, reported the striking gesture of support.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  05:47 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Women Under Siege, rape

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Are Syrian citizen journalists embellishing the truth?

A report from Channel 4 suggests some may be embellishing their footage to ensure the world takes notice.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, citizen journalism, Channel 4

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Former Syrian official leaks secret documents to al-Jazeera

The files give an insight into President Bashar al-Assad’s strategy to suppress protests.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:53 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Bashar al-Assad, leaks

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Syrian uprising, one year ago and today (photos)

One year ago today, ordinary Syrians took to the streets for the first time, in scattered and small numbers.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Bashar al-Assad

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Assad secret e-mails leaked: 7 revelations

The Guardian has obtained a trove of e-mails between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his wife and their inner circle.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:43 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Bashar al-Assad, Syria, emails

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/13/2012

New Syria documentary filmed entirely on iPhone

“Syria: Songs of Defiance” was filmed by a journalist using only an iPhone because of safety concerns.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, al-Jazeera, iPhone

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Syrian women join protest frontlines as activists report women massacre

As the violence in Syria continues, women are joining the frontlines of the protests in growing numbers.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:13 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, women, killings

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Solar storm, Kony 2012 and International Women’s Day: Morning roundup

Solar storm, Kony 2012 and International Women’s Day

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:09 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning news roundup, Uganda, Syria

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 03/05/2012

As Marie Colvin’s body goes home, dozens of other journalists around the world face attacks

Her death highlighted the dangers for journalists abroad. Dozens of other journalists were killed or came under attack this month.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:02 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Marie Colvin, journalists

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Syria: Satellite images appear to show shelling of Homs

The images came from Human Rights Watch, an international human rights group.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, satellite images, shelling

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Javier Espinosa escaped Syria, but Syrian news outlet reported his death

The Syrian Arab News Agency falsely claimed Thursday that the Spanish photographer’s body had been found. By then Espinosa was in Beirut.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:25 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, journalist, Javier Espinosa

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Marie Colvin was buried in Homs, according to activist video

A Syrian activist video claims to show the burial of the American journalist in Homs on Monday.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Marie Colvin, video

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/01/2012

As Syrian rebels flee Homs, communications to the area remain down

As Syrian rebels flee Homs, communications to the area remain down.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Free Syria Army, Homs, Bab Amr

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Syrian rebels reportedly retreating from besieged district of Bab Amr

After weeks of heavy shelling, the Free Syrian Army says it is leaving to save the lives of 4,000 civilians who remain in their homes.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:49 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Bashar al-Assad, Homs, Baba Amr

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012

First day of Spring on horizon, Midwest tornado cleanup and solar storm: Morning roundup

Harrisburg, Ill. and Branson, Mo. tornadoes; North Korea moratorium and Solar Storm

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, North Korea, Turkey, Syria

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Asma al-Assad: The fashionable face of tyranny

Asma al-Assad has been called “the Marie Antoinette of Syria.”

By Maura Judkis  |  02:52 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Asma al-Assad

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Syrian troops try to retake Homs (live video)

Backed by tanks, Syrian troops launched a ground offensive to retake the opposition stronghold.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:05 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Homs, video

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Russians living in Syria insulted, blamed for violence

The position of Russian citizens in Syria deteriorated after Russia vetoed the U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria.

By Will Englund  |  08:28 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Syria

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Leap year, Anonymous hackers arrested, Ohio shooting’s 911 tapes: Morning roundup

Leap year, Anonymous hackers arrested, Ohio shooting’s 911 tapes.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  07:58 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, Iran, Syria, Europe, South America

Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Chardon High School shooting, Occupy London, and Indonesia tweets: Morning roundup

Chardon High School, Occupy London, Indonesia tweets

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:11 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, Indonesia, U.K., Syria

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Red Cross attempt to evacuate journalists from Syria fails

Vehicles reached the suburb where they were but left without them.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:35 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Marie Colvin, Remi Ochlik, journalists

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Oscar winners abroad, Russia protests and WikiLeaks strikes: Morning roundup

Oscar winners abroad, Russia protests and WikiLeaks strikes again.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:55 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, Pakistan, Iran, France, Russia, Afghanistan, Syria

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Syria’s ‘crimes against humanity’ documented on video

An 11-minute video by Channel 4 News shows the horrors in Homs.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:13 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, Homs, Channel 4

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Salman Rushdie, SOS for oceans, Syria will get arms ‘somehow’: Morning roundup

Salman Rushdie, SOS for oceans, Syria will get arms ‘somehow’

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:02 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, Syria, Iran, India, Australia

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Iwo Jima, Iraq violence and a push for a Syrian cease-fire: Morning roundup

Iwo Jima, Iraq violence and a push for a Syrian cease-fire in the morning roundup.

By Melissa Bell and Elizabeth Flock  |  09:02 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, France, Iwo Jima

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik killed in Syria: Their last work and words

Read some of their last works and words.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:16 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, journalists, Marie Colvin, Remi Ochlik

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Beirut gathering pays tribute to Anthony Shadid

The foreign correspondent who died in Syria was buried in Lebanon.

By Alice Fordham  |  04:52 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Anthony Shadid, Syria