Strange bedfellows, or maybe not so strange

Last week a Syrian writer named Khaled Atallah (a pseudonym) wrote a piece for Al-Monitor's "Syria Pulse" blog speculating that Israel and the Al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra have been coordinating strikes against the Assad regime and its Hezbollah allies in Quneitra, a region bordering the disputed (but mostly Israeli-controlled) Golan Heights: According to a UN … Continue reading Strange bedfellows, or maybe not so strange

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Apparently we still don’t know who gassed Ghouta

The identification, surrender, and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile seems to be continuing apace, with the US agreeing to handle the destruction of Syria's bulk chemical stockpiles (i.e., the stuff that hasn't already been mixed into lethal chemicals and/or been put into a warhead) starting early next year aboard a maritime reserve vessel specially … Continue reading Apparently we still don’t know who gassed Ghouta

Judean People’s Front, Judean Popular People’s Front, and Campaign for a Free Galilee unite to form Popular Front of Judea–er, Syria

If the Syrian rebels were half as good at fighting Assad as they are at reorganizing themselves into new combinations, the war would've been over two years ago. My innate cynicism aside, though, this reorganization might be a big deal: A statement posted online said Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Suqour al-Sham, Liwa al-Tawhid, Liwa al-Haqq, … Continue reading Judean People’s Front, Judean Popular People’s Front, and Campaign for a Free Galilee unite to form Popular Front of Judea–er, Syria

Today in “How we know that Bashar Assad is winning”

A day after Syrian government troops captured Qara, a small but strategically important village situated on the main road between Damascus and Homs, the rebels have responded: Four suicide car bombs have struck Syrian regime targets in the Qalamoun region north of Damascus, killing at least seven soldiers, a monitor and state news agency SANA … Continue reading Today in “How we know that Bashar Assad is winning”