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September 1, 2013
Assuming the U.S. Congress authorises them, Washington (together with some allies) soon will launch military strikes against Syrian regime targets. If so, it will have taken such action for reasons largely divorced from the interests of the Syrian people. The administration has cited the need to punish, deter and prevent use of chemical weapons - a defensible goal, though Syrians have suffered from far deadlier mass atrocities during the course of the conflict without this prompting much collective action in their defence. The administration also refers to the need, given President Obama’s asserted “redline” against use of chemical weapons, to protect Washington’s credibility - again an understandable objective though unlikely to resonate much with Syrians. Quite apart from talk of outrage, deterrence and restoring U.S. credibility, the priority must be the welfare of the Syrian people. Whether or not military strikes are ordered, this only can be achieved through imposition of a sustained ceasefire and widely accepted political transition.
International Crisis Group (via soupsoup)

Maybe the “red line” should have been somewhere else.
12:28 // 1 year ago
August 31, 2013
Military intervention is in the interest of the Syrian people — we need this to solve the Syrian crisis. We need direct strikes on significant regime targets such as military installations … to save civilian lives.
Aleppo-based Free Syrian Army Col. Abdulbasit Sa’ad al-Dein • Expressing displeasure that no military strike will be immediately forthcoming from the United States. (As Congressional approval is needed and Congress is on recess for another week-plus, it’s gonna take some time.) Experts suggest that even if the rebels get military action from the U.S. on Syria, it may not be what they’re hoping for.
17:04 // 1 year ago
May 31, 2013

American woman killed in Syrian civil war; regime reported to have upper hand

163 people killed in Syria today, according to a local activist committee. The fact that one of them was a Michigan woman has turned heads at the State Department; according to both AP and John McCain, the regime has recently gained the upper hand in the two-year-old conflict, which has claimed roughly 80,000 lives so far. source

16:31 // 1 year ago
May 27, 2013
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May 9, 2013
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February 28, 2013

The U.S. pledges additional funds to Syrian rebels

  • $60M in “non-lethal” assistance has been authorized for the Syrian National Council, and the United States will also provide food and medical supplies to the Free Syrian Army and other rebel fighting forces. The new aid was announced by Sec. John Kerry following the conclusion of a Friends of the Syrian People meeting on Thursday. source
16:21 // 1 year ago
August 6, 2012
He was given two options: to either take the office of prime minister or be killed. He had a third option in mind: to plan his own defection in order to direct a blow to the regime from within, and today, he is declaring his defection.
A spokesman for Riyad Hijab, who defected today from his post as Syrian Prime Minister  • Hijab, a former agricultural secretary, was named Prime Minister in June, but according to his spokesman, he’d planned his defection since before then. One thing to keep in mind: While it’s impossible to know for sure, many of these high-level Syrian defections are likely as much a result of pragmatism—that is, the recognition that the al-Assad regime will soon fall—as they are the result of moral objections to the regime’s actions. source (viafollow)
8:17 // 2 years ago