Category: Syria

Drone Strike Syria

Pentagon Says Drone Strike in Syria Targeted al-Qaeda Official 

Such US drone strikes have been relatively common in Syria’s Islamist opposition-held northwest in recent years, but Monday’s targeted killing followed a lull over recent months. Agence France-Presse cited the head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying the strike killed two jihadi officials, one of Tunisian and the other of either...

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Bellingcat: The Implausible ‘False Flag’ Theory About a Syrian Chemical Attack

Last year I reviewed the evidence of the chemical attack in Douma, Syria and came away unconvinced by the “false flag” scenario advanced by some critics of U.S. policy. While the U.S. is known to mount “false flag” operations, the evidence from Douma does not support the claim that an attack was staged to blame...

Hakan Fidan MIT

Turkish and Syrian Spymasters Meet in Moscow

One of the realities of the 21st century is that spies have replaced diplomats as leading geopolitical players.  A case in point comes from Al-Monitor, a reliable Mideast news site. Under Russian mediation, the Turkish and Syrian intelligence chiefs met face to face in what was the first high-level Turkish-Syrian encounter since 2011, when Turkey’s...