Tag: Middle East

Syria Is Still Shattered, But Its Neighbors Are Restoring Ties

BEIRUT, Lebanon — For a man who has spent the last decade battling armed rebels, being shunned in international forums and watching a brutal civil war dismantle his economy, the past few weeks have been good to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. Senior officials from Lebanon appealed for his help with chronic electricity cuts. His […]

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Canadian Admits Fabricating Terrorism Tale Detailed in New York Times Podcast

OTTAWA — A Canadian man admitted in court on Friday that he made up tales about serving as an Islamic State fighter and executioner in Syria. In exchange, Canadian authorities dropped criminal charges against him of perpetrating a hoax involving the threat of terrorism. The man, Shehroze Chaudhry, had spread fabricated stories of life as […]

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Nick Turse: Remembering America’s Civilian War Dead

Yves here. This TomDispatch offering seeks to bring home the extent of civilian deaths at US hands in the Middle East. Before World War II, combatants made a bit of an effort to avoid civilian casualties. But as many historians, such as Jonathan Glover in Humanity have reported, air strikes rapidly led to the rationalization […]

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What’s the next chapter in Afghanistan?

After nearly 20 years, the U.S. has withdrawn its troops from Afghanistan, and the Taliban has regained control over the country. In light of those developments, a panel of foreign-policy experts on Tuesday addressed two separate but related questions: Why did the U.S. military action in Afghanistan fall short, and what comes next for the […]

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Reflecting on September 11, 20 years later

The 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, is an occasion to look back on the American response to the atrocities, how and why they occurred, and what the implications are for future global policy dealing with terrorist groups. The long war in Afghanistan, a war-torn country that harbored Osama bin Laden and […]

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