Abdel Bari Atwan
The eleven remaining ‘Friends of Syria’ concluded their meeting in Paris on Monday with nothing new to say or do. The final communique was simply a repetition of its predecessors.
How can we interpret the ‘news’ that the Friends’ consensus, ‘underlines the need for the participation of the Syrian opposition at the Geneva Conference to be held on the 22nd of this month’. We are still no nearer establishing what
Abdel Bari Atwan
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, effectively the leader of Egypt has never mentioned President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria since the military coup ousted Egypt’s elected President Mohammed Morsi. The subject has been entirely avoided and nor does al-Sisi allow his chief of staff to address the Syrian crisis, either negatively or positively.
Perhaps al-Sisi senses a common denominator between himself and his Syrian counterpart: both say they are ‘ready’
The former Israeli premier — who is clinging to life after his condition took a turn for the worse — hated Arafat. And his atrocities transformed the way the rest of the world viewed Israel — allowing glimpses of the pariah state it has now become
I do not imagine that many Palestinians will mourn the passing of Ariel Sharon.
His military and political activities were largely devoted to removing
By Abdel Bari Atwan
The most striking development in Syria over the past few days has been the role of al-Nusra – which officially declared allegiance to al-Qaeda and its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri – as mediator between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the other rebel factions which are battling to root it out. ISIS is itself an offshoot of the al-Qaeda network but al-Nusra has sometimes joined the other factions to fight it.
Al-Nusra has been categorized
The situation in Syria has been completely transformed by the unanticipated vigour with which al-Qaeda has entered the fray and turned everything upside down. Now, anything might happen and the only thing that is certain is the escalation of bloodletting on all sides and the continued misery of the victims of this horrific war.
From one perspective, only a miracle will salvage the situation. That miracle would be the unification of all the other factions and brigades in Syria
Lebanese sources with very close ties to Syria have informed Rai al-Youm that the next six months will
witness a massive military escalation in Lebanon and Syria, especially by groups supported by Saudi Arabia.
The sources say that there is a great concern about this escalation and its repercussions, especially on Lebanon.
The sources have told Rai al-Youm that Iran, which has sensed this destructive danger to everyone (as described
by the sources), has started making huge
By Abdel Bari Atwan
Highly placed sources in the Gulf have told Rai al-Youm that a final planning meeting for the Geneva 2 conference on Syria is to be held in London on 11 January. The meeting will decide on the agenda and which states will be invited to participate.
Eleven states will attend the planning meeting and they are sharply divided regarding two major issues: first, should President Assad’s continuation in office be supported and second, should Iran be invited
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Underlying all the major events in 2013 was the relentless spread of sectarianism; borders melted away as once mighty regional giants imploded in civil strife, which has resulted in semi-failed states of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Lebanon and Sudan.
The emerging phenomenon of geo-sectarianism has fragmented these countries as Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds