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In Depth: Terrorism and Syria

7 Jun 2013

Is the Sunni Saudi Kingdom Next?

While Syria’s neighbors are nervous about the war spilling into their own countries, Saudi Arabia's leaders fear that the Saudi jihadists now fighting in Syria will bring their training home to overthrow the kingdom.
15 Apr 2013

Aid Syrian Rebels after Assad Falls

Syria’s Nusra Front and al-Qaeda in Iraq have merged, making it likely that US and EU aid to anti-Assad rebels will inadvertently strengthen Sunni terror groups in the Syrian–al-Qaeda civil war to come.
27 Jun 2012

Assad Delenda Est: The Case for Aiding Syria’s Rebels

if nearly every Sunni Arab in the country votes for them, which can’t possibly ...

15 Oct 2012

Obama’s Shortcomings in Syria

Administration officials have repeatedly said they did not want to “radicalize the conflict” in Syria, but Washington’s policies carry some of the blame for latest mounting tensions in the region.
1 Jul 2010

The Broken Link: What Peace Won't Fix

New Republic correspondent and World Affairs blogger James Kirchick argues against the folly of linkage—i.e., the assumption that fixing the peace process will somehow cure all of the Middle East's other ailments.
1 Jan 2011

Spoiler Alert: What Syria's President Really Wants

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wants to play every one of his neighbors (not to mention the West) for all they're worth.
23 Feb 2012

The Saudis Want to Arm an Insurgency

al-Qaeda fighters will pour into the country to “help.” Read the rest ...

7 Jun 2013

Is the Sunni Saudi Kingdom Next?

While Syria’s neighbors are nervous about the war spilling into their own countries, Saudi Arabia's leaders fear that the Saudi jihadists now fighting in Syria will bring their training home to overthrow the kingdom.
26 Oct 2008

Lebanon’s Enemy Within

to Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora: “Lebanon will be the last Arab country ...

13 Jul 2006

War!

occupation soldiers were forced out of the country. No doubt he is ecstatic ...

15 Apr 2013

Aid Syrian Rebels after Assad Falls

Syria’s Nusra Front and al-Qaeda in Iraq have merged, making it likely that US and EU aid to anti-Assad rebels will inadvertently strengthen Sunni terror groups in the Syrian–al-Qaeda civil war to come.
25 Jan 2008

Lebanon’s Terror War

in our country, and in the region. No one is going after the killers—their ...

13 Mar 2013

Syrians Protest Al-Nusra

There is not enough room in that country for al-Nusra and everyone else. Middle East ...

3 Jun 2005

Remembering Samir Kassir

and his country. UPDATE: See Michael Young’s obit for Samir in Reason ...

26 Nov 2006

Hizbullah and Communal Coexistence

not a militia, decides on the constitutionality of the country’s legitimate authority. What Hizbullah is doing sets a dangerous precedent in the country ...

11 May 2012

Linkage

be aware that Tunisia, an Arab country that’s 99 percent Muslim, also bans ...

26 Feb 2012

Is the Free Syrian Army Rejecting Jihadists?

Michael J. Totten's blog According to Asharq al-Awsat , the Free Syrian Army has rejected offers of “help” from freelance jihadists who have arrived in the country to fight the Assad regime. I’m a bit ...

19 May 2013

How to Become a Dictator

Bashar al-Assad has kept an iron grip on power, like his father Hafez, by perpetuating his mythic profile as Syria's indispensable ruler, without whom the country would undoubtedly descend into the abyss of sectarian war and ethnic cleansing.
2 Feb 2013

Fighting Over Syria's Ruins

of Syria fight over the country’s ruins. […] [I]t is now mistaken to think ...

30 Jul 2012

The Syrian War Gets Even Uglier

Michael J. Totten's blog The war in Syria continues to get even uglier. As Neal MacFarqhuar reports in the New York Times , more and more foreign jihadists are sneaking into the country each day. The past few ...

29 Jul 2006

Al Qaeda Heading to Lebanon – And Why Israel Needs to Help Reconstruct Lebanon

is conditional…Assistance to rebuild a devastated country is a wise choice. Okay then, ...

4 Oct 2003

Israel Attacks Syria

Israeli attack deep inside Syrian territory in three decades. … “Any country ...

9 Mar 2012

Hezbollah's Relentless Rage

but they’ve never come close to threatening the country’s existence. ...

23 Jul 2012

Assad Delenda Est

in the country votes for them, which can’t possibly happen. There’s no reason ...

10 Jan 2011

Let Us Not Praise Pro-Terrorist Newspapers

in a semi-democratic country that actually does have decent newspapers, ...

27 Jun 2006

Israeli Warplanes Say Hello to Assad

organization so lightly, and neither would any other country. France deports ...

30 Jun 2010

Syria Must Be Contained, Not Engaged

decide Syria ought to be next. Most of the country’s leadership is from ...

9 Oct 2011

Assad Really Does Need to Go

with the rest of Lebanon’s militias when it conquered the country at the end ...

5 Sep 2012

The World According to Syrian Kurdistan

The state of Syria's Kurdish minority has been largely ignored by the Western media—but their stake in the outcome of the country is no less dire than those of other warring factions.
1 Jun 2011

The Levantine Crucible

“We want to rebuild our country,” one tells Totten. “And that includes ...

3 Apr 2011

The Remaining Thugs

demonstrations than any Arab country by far, and has been producing them since ...

2 Nov 2008

Killing a Crocodile

or Iraqification inside his own country. Those kinds of political problems ...

4 Aug 2013

Hezbollah Plays the Israel Card

Hezbollah has always used the specter of enemy Israel to paper over the dangerous rift between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Now locked in the fight of its life in Syria, Hezbollah needs the Israel card more than ever.
1 Jun 2007

Al Qaeda in Lebanon – CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED

of all Arab countries. More than two thirds of the people who live ...

27 May 2007

Syria’s “Resistance” – UPDATED

It is the only country on Syria’s border that threatened to respond to violence with violence. And it’s the only country on Syria’s border not terrorized by Assad ...

23 Oct 2012

A Foreign Policy Debate Fumble

President Obama often appears tough on terrorism and in support of a robust US presence abroad, but his answers last night said otherwise—and Governor Romney missed chances to call him out.
18 Oct 2011

In Egypt, with Liberals

country, but it certainly wasn’t totalitarian. For the most part, if people ...

30 Mar 2010

An Unusual Alignment of Interests

Michael J. Totten's blog More than any other Arab head of state in the world, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has mastered the art of telling listeners what they want to hear. Last week, he said his country is fully ...

4 Dec 2005

What to do about Syria

position. The regime is not under imminent threat. Even if other countries ...

17 Jul 2008

The Truth about March 14

and sectarian violence explodes in his country again. But Seniora and Jumblatt ...

23 Mar 2010

The Innocents Pack for Damascus

Assad, “understands that his country’s long-term interests … are not well ...

15 Nov 2009

Damascus Reverts to Form

If even the United States, of all countries, is behaving as though Israel ...

9 May 2008

Lebanon’s Third Civil War

No country on earth can withstand that kind of geopolitical tectonic pressure. ...

12 Feb 2007

The Fiercest Liberal in Lebanon

solidly pro-American and staunchly anti-Syrian group in the country ...

28 Feb 2005

While I Was Out

Excellency said the country would benefit from “more freedom and democracy”. ...

11 May 2006

The Palestinians of 1948

wanted their own sovereign country. And it was easy to be pro-Israeli ...

4 Nov 2006

Darkness Everywhere

if his troops were forced out the country. A wave of car bombs, ...

13 Nov 2014

Gulf Security, Stability, and Terrorism: Country Rankings

Center for Strategic and International Studies. United States. 12:59 PM EST
15 Apr 2013

Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Denies Jihadist Control in Country

Al Arabiya News. United Arab Emirates. 11:10 AM EDT