March 17, 2013
The March 15 editorial " Syria's bloody anniversary " correctly identified the heightened national security threat that has developed as the Syrian crisis, which began as a peaceful pro-democracy movement, spirals further into violent conflict. Two years into this conflict, a number of countries aside from Russia continue to provide the Assad regime with the weapons, fuel, finance and political cover it needs for President Bashar al-Assad to continue his bloody assaults. While influence on Russia has proved ineffective, the...
February 2, 2013 |
MUNICH — A top Syrian opposition leader's offer to engage in talks with the Syrian government drew praise Saturday from both the United States and Russia, bringing a rare moment of unity to the contentious global debate on the country's future. Syrian opposition chief Mouaz al-Khatib met separately Saturday with Vice President Biden and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of a security conference here, a day after Khatib reiterated his readiness to hold talks with Syrian...
February 1, 2013 |
John Kerry's first task as secretary of state should be to develop a coherent policy for Syria, where U.S. sanctions are proving counterproductive, the fighting around Damascus is deadlocked, the economy is in ruins and the country is headed toward a sectarian breakup. This grim prognosis for Syria is based on the latest reports provided to the State Department by opposition forces working with the Free Syrian Army . The military situation in Damascus is described as a stalemate.
January 28, 2013 |
IT MIGHT seem as though the horrors of Syria, where more than 60,000 people have died violently in the last 22 months, could not grow worse. Yet steadily, week by week, they do. One measure is the refugee flows : In the past month more than 30,000 people have fled to neighboring Jordan alone, threatening to overwhelm an already unstable monarchy. More than 200,000 Syrians are now in Lebanon , 150,000 in Turkey and 75,000 in Iraq , according to the United Nations.
January 10, 2013 |
ANTAKYA, Turkey — Hiba Alhaji's flight from Syria was sparked when she was summoned for interrogation after she encouraged her university students to join protests against the government. Her inquisitors never realized that the trunk of her car parked outside was full of guns she was running for the rebels. Afraid it was just a matter of time before she was found out, Alhaji says, she left Aleppo the next day for Turkey, where she founded the Free Syrian Women Organization.
January 7, 2013 |
SYRIAN PRESIDENT Bashar al-Assad delivered a speech Sunday that had the virtue, at least, of offering clarity. No, he insisted, he would not step down. He would not negotiate with the rebels who control much of the countryside and parts of major cities. He would not consider the compromise "transition" proposal being pedaled by a U.N. envoy with the backing of his ally Russia, as well as the United States. Instead, he said, he would fight to the end against "enemies of God and puppets of the West.