Reuters: U.S. Allies Cuts Road to Islamic State Capital

From Reuters: U.S.-backed Syrian militias cut the last main road out of Islamic State-held Raqqa on Monday, severing the highway between the group's de facto capital and its stronghold of Deir al-Zor province, a militia spokesman said. The rapid collapse of the Islamic State's territory is no accident.  It took months to build up steam … Continue reading Reuters: U.S. Allies Cuts Road to Islamic State Capital

The Race to Destroy the Islamic State Is On: Associated Press

As reported by the Associated Press: After the battlefield of Iraq's Mosul, the next major campaign against the Islamic State group will be to take its de facto capital, the Syrian city of Raqqa. The Pentagon has drawn up a secret plan to do that, likely leaning on local allies with stepped up American support. … Continue reading The Race to Destroy the Islamic State Is On: Associated Press

Syria’s End Game

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Aleppo has fallen. Now what?

"I am waiting to die or be captured." That is the farewell message of one of the handful of remaining anti-Assad activists in Aleppo.  As the Assad regime now triumphs a murderous, four year long victory, the question of what comes next must be asked. Syria is a ruined country.  It was a state imposed … Continue reading Aleppo has fallen. Now what?

Why the Free Syrian Army Never Went Anywhere

As the Syrian civil war embarks upon an odd cease fire - one replete with exceptions and violations - it's worth looking back at some of the failures that led up to this point.  There are plenty to choose from, and that long sad path is better detailed elsewhere.  Instead, we'll focus on just one: … Continue reading Why the Free Syrian Army Never Went Anywhere

A modest proposal to end the Syrian civil war and destroy the Islamic State

And modest, of course, it will be, involving cooperation on a scale not seen since World War II.  But to genuinely destroy the Islamic State and end the regional crisis that fuels it, one must think big. Diplomacy has been tried in the past, but diplomacy tends to fail when equally matched powers are unwilling … Continue reading A modest proposal to end the Syrian civil war and destroy the Islamic State

Russia’s Smart-Dumb Move Into Syria’s Civil War

As we are wont to do these days, we cry out, "The Russians are coming!"  But their next move is not further into Eastern Europe, where too many eyes are trained and a slowly gathering NATO grande armee is being assembled. It is into another, older civil war that Russian power is now deployed: Syria. … Continue reading Russia’s Smart-Dumb Move Into Syria’s Civil War

What Must Happen Before the Syrian Civil War Ends

The numbers are staggering: up to 250,000-320,000 dead, 7.6 million refugees internally, 4 million more over the border, for a total of around 11.6 million people displaced.  That's from a total population of around 18 million.  In other words, almost 2 out of every 3 Syrians has either been killed or has fled from their … Continue reading What Must Happen Before the Syrian Civil War Ends

The Geopolitics of Syria’s Civil War

Let's revisit, and use this oldie but a goodie to understand Syria.  Sorry for the lateness, but my real life stuff is cramping my geopolitical style. Article overview 1). Syria is and always has been a terrible place to set up a nation-state 2). Bad was made worse by the invention of political ideology, which … Continue reading The Geopolitics of Syria’s Civil War