Middle East

The Right Way to Help Syria's Rebels

The Right Way to Help Syria's Rebels

Dalia Dassa Kaye, David Kaye

The United States can support the insurgents without providing arms.

As diplomatic options for ending the conflict in Syria have failed, calls to arm and provide air support for Syrian rebels are becoming more widespread — with several senators, a former Bush administration senior official and a former Obama State Department official leading the charge.

Although we share their commitment to a humanitarian end to the brutality of the Assad regime, arguments to support the rebels militarily are based on three common assumptions that do not withstand scrutiny:
Military support will make the war shorter and enable the rebels to win.

Assad replaces fugitive PM, Aleppo rebels pull back

Assad replaces fugitive PM, Aleppo rebels pull back

By Hadeel Al Shalchi

ALEPPO, Syria 

Thu Aug 9, 2012

(Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad named a new prime minister on Thursday to replace Syria's most senior government defector as his forces pushed rebels back from a strategic district in Aleppo.

Egypt demands extradition of 3 Hamas militants over support for Sinai terrorists

Egypt demands extradition of 3 Hamas militants over support for Sinai terrorists

Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz and Reuters,

9 August 2012

Egyptian intelligence made a request to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, using senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar as an intermediary, to extradite members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ paramilitary wing, according to an al-Quds newspaper report on Thursday.

Libya's General National Congress comes to power

Libya's General National Congress comes to power

Deutsche Welle,

8 August 2012

Libya's National Transitional Council has handed over power nearly a year after the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi's 40-year dictatorship. A new government, constitution and parliament are next for the fledgling democracy.

What does Iran get for supporting al-Assad?

What does Iran get for supporting al-Assad?

Tim Lister, CNN News,

8 August 2012

(CNN) -- In public at least, the message was defiant. Beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sitting alongside Iran's intelligence chief, proclaimed Tuesday "the determination of the people and government of Syria to cleanse the country of terrorists."

Sinai: Egypt sends reinforcements as offensive builds

Sinai: Egypt sends reinforcements as offensive builds

BBC News,

9 August 2012

Egypt has deployed extra troops, tanks and other armoured vehicles to the Sinai peninsula in an escalation of its military offensive in the area.

The reinforcements follow the killing of 16 border guards by suspected Islamist militants on Sunday.

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