Category Archives: Syria

Geopolitical pot could quickly reach a boiling point

by Claude Salhani Syrian President Bashar Assad may well be accused of being a brutal, ruthless dictator who has caused more harm to Syria than any other national leader or foreign enemy. Assad has been accused of surpassing his father … Continue reading

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Both sides in Syrian civil war are breaking the rules

By Claude Salhani Human rights groups have accused Syrian opposition groups supported by the United States in Syria of having used white phosphorus-loaded munitions in what is appearing to be the final push on the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa. … Continue reading

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Oops, Syria did it again

by Claude Salhani Syria stands accused once again of using chemical agents against its civilian population. In this latest episode, at least 87people are reported to have been killed. The death toll is expected to rise. After the incident, French … Continue reading

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Why the UN Security Council vote on Syria is not the solution

By Claude Salhani The UN Security Council has voted — unanimously — to dispatch international observers to the beleaguered Syrian city of Aleppo to provide safety to residents wishing to flee combat zones. There are many reasons this vote is … Continue reading

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How will history remember Assad?

By Claude Salhani A group of lawyers in Germany is planning to launch a case against Syrian President Bashar Assad for alleged war crimes committed by his forces and his foreign allies in the Syrian province of Aleppo. While all … Continue reading

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The Syrian civil war irony: Russia, US reversal of roles?

By Claude Salhani One of the many facets of the civil war in Syria is what appears to be ironic role reversals between Russia and the United States. Russia’s military participation in the Syrian conflict comes in the form of … Continue reading

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Russia, US should be careful who they arm in Syria

by Claude Salhani Syria’s main opposition group has called for foreign allies to supply rebel forces with ground-to-air missiles to counter deadly air raids on rebel-held sections of Aleppo. With Russia backing one side in this never-ending civil war and … Continue reading

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Who holds the key to the Syrian enigma?

by Claude Salhani A 40-minute conversa­tion US Secretary of State John Kerry had with Syrian opposi­tion leaders at the end of September was recorded and leaked to the New York Times. It reveals a treasure trove of information as to … Continue reading

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What planet is Syria on?

By Claude Salhani The Syrian government has produced a video advertisement in a feeble attempt to attract tourists — and their hard currencies — hoping to convince them to spend some of their time and much of their money in … Continue reading

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The cruel image of war

By Claude Salhani If truth is the first casualty of war, children are a very close second. The advent of the modern media — the constant bombardment of information, the 24-hour channels and the internet with hundreds of websites offering … Continue reading

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