Middle East

Syrian Rebels Claim to Have Brought Down a Jet

Syrian Rebels Claim to Have Brought Down a Jet

By DAMIEN CAVE

Published: August 13, 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian rebels claimed on Monday that they had brought down a Syrian fighter jet for the first time as battles raged in Aleppo and Damascus, and the United Nations said it had removed a third of its observers in advance of its mandate expiring later this month.

 

 

The developments — three weeks into a ground battle for Aleppo, and as fighting spreads in Damascus, Dara’a and other areas — highlight the conflict’s recent spiral away from diplomacy and toward widening war.

Saudi Arabia and Iran pick sides in Syrian conflict‏

Saudi Arabia and Iran pick sides in Syrian conflict‏

 

Tehran has declared Syria a fellow member of what it terms "the axis of resistance" to US influence, meaning American hopes for an end to President Assad may prove premature. And then there's the…

Syria: What's Behind the Conflict‏

Syria: What's Behind the Conflict‏

 

 

Syria has become the bloodiest uprising of the Arab Spring and has now descended into a full-blown civil war. Find out what's behind the conflict and what's at stake for the international community.…

Intervention into Syria already underway'‏

Intervention into Syria already underway'‏

 

The escalating militarization of the Syrian conflict only favors foreign players' interests, claims Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute of Policy Studies, and…

The Other Side of the Sanctions

The Other Side of the Sanctions

The Journal of Turkish Weekly

11 August 2012

Iran has been pushed into a corner and is fighting for its life. The safest weapon in its arsenal is an economic strategy; and it is the one point where the United States is vulnerable.

There is no doubt about it. Section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law by President Obama on December 31, 2011 is having the intended effect upon Iran.

Unlike previous sanctions, Section 1245 attacks the foundation of the Iranian economy. The provisions of the law seek to stop the sale of crude oil and to block transactions between the Iranian central bank and the rest of the world. About fifty percent of the national budget is funded from the sale of exported crude oil that provides eighty percent of the foreign exchange. "Crude (oil) sales are a trap which we inherited from the years before the (1979 Islamic) Revolution," Khamenei told a gathering of researchers and scientists at the end of July.

Turkey signals to US, may go ahead ‘solo' with safety zones in Syria

Turkey signals to US, may go ahead ‘solo' with safety zones in Syria

Todayszaman

12 August 2012

While NATO allies Turkey and the US have started synchronizing their contingency operation plans for Syria amid the influx of thousands of refugees into Turkey in recent days, Turkey has made it clear that it will go ahead with setting up “safety zone” pockets inside Syrian territory to handle the mounting humanitarian crisis.

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