Tuesday May 23, 2017 15:31

  • Sednaya Crematorium — Another Nail in the Coffin of Assad Family Rule

    May 19, 2017

    by Walid al-Bunni for All4Syria (opposition website)

    In the wake of Khan Sheikhoun, U.S. statements this week exposing the Syrian regime for covering-up its abuses were intended as yet another warning to Assad, Russia and Iran, Walid al-Bunni writes
  • Opinion: De Mistura Supports Assad and the Dissolution of the Opposition

    May 19, 2017

    by Walid al-Kuwatly for Alsouria Net (opposition website)

    As the U.N.'s third envoy to the crisis, de Mistura's efforts have largely focused on accommodating the Assad regime and Russia at the expense of the Syrian opposition, Walid al-Kuwatly writes
  • De-Escalation Zones or Safe Zones? The Branding of a Political Victory

    May 18, 2017

    by Maysoun Youssef for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    Writing for loyalist newspaper Al-Watan, Maysoun Youssef says the U.S. is likely using the Geneva negotiations to forward their own version of the Russian-proposed 'de-escalation zones' deal
  • Opinion: Why Insist on the Astana Conferences?

    May 12, 2017

    by Walid al-Bunni for All4Syria (opposition website)

    We should be wary of placing too much hope on the outcome of the most recent Astana talks, as the three previous rounds in the Kazakh capital produced little results, Walid al-Bunni writes
  • Opinion: The Qatari Regime Fears Syria’s Victory

    May 12, 2017

    by Naim Ibrahim for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    Naim Ibrahim questions the reason behind Qatar's funding of fighters in Syria and its calls for the departure of Assad, asking: would Doha give up power if the shoe was on the other foot?
  • Opinion: Jordan and the Risks of Aggression on the Southern Syrian Border

    May 11, 2017

    by Tahsin al-Halabi for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    The kingdom will enter into a state of war if it agrees to participate in a tripartite plan between the U.K., U.S. and Israel to militarize the areas north of its border with Syria, Tahsin al-Halabi writes for loyalist Al-Watan
  • Opinion: Syrian De-Escalation Zones Are Only Ink on a Map

    May 10, 2017

    by Abdulnasser Al-Ayed for Al-Hayat (London-based, pan-Arab newspaper)

    Abdulnasser Al-Ayed explains that for Russia's 'safe zone' proposal to work, Moscow will need to consider U.S. concerns despite attempts to sideline Washington in the Syrian peace process
  • Opinion: Dancing with Trump

    May 9, 2017

    by Munzer Eid for Al-Thawra (pro-government newspaper)

    Munzer Eid laments the decision by the U.S. president to include Saudi Arabia among the destinations for his first foreign trip, in piece for loyalist newspaper Al-Thawra
  • Opinion: Syria’s Neutrality Will Guarantee its Survival as a United, Independent State

    May 4, 2017

    by Walid al-Bunni for All4Syria (opposition website)

    Serving as a battleground for countless foreign and ideological belligerents, the greatest danger facing Syria is the fragmentation and polarization of its society, Walid al-Bunni writes
  • Opinion: We Will Need More Than Military Might to Defeat Takfiri Ideas

    April 28, 2017

    by Walid al-Bunni for All4Syria (opposition website)

    Although major hard-line Sunni groups are witnessing significant military blows on the ground in Syria and Iraq, more local, regional and international efforts must be made to ensure the ideas that gave birth to groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda are also defeated, Walid al-Bunni writes for All4Syria
  • Opinion: The Jordanian Proxy – Plans of Aggression in South Syria Will Not Triumph

    April 26, 2017

    by Maysoon Yousef for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    Loyalist commentator Maysoon Yousef accuses Syria's southern neighbor Jordan of participating in a U.S.-Israeli plot to annex southern parts of Syria in order to hold leverage over the Assad regime in future peace negotiations
  • Opinion: Trump Is Forced to Be Serious

    April 25, 2017

    by Yahya Al-Aridi for All4Syria (opposition website)

    The Assad regime is scrambling to receive assurances from allies and make sense of U.S. policy after the Trump administration's surprise strike on a Syrian air base. But Damascus is failing to see that rules of the game have already changed, Yahya Al-Aridi writes for opposition outlet All4Syria
  • Opinion: Yes, Let His Departure be Orderly

    April 20, 2017

    by Walid al-Bunni for All4Syria (opposition news website)

    Led by the United States, an international consensus has finally formed that the rule of the Assad family has reached its end, but Syrians must understand that the battle is not yet over, writes Walid al-Bunni for All4Syria
  • Opinion: The British Crescent!

    April 18, 2017

    by Ali Hashem for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    It will be up to the armies of Syria, Iraq and Russia to defend the interests of their people by preventing the breakup of Middle Eastern geography for benefit of Western energy interests, Ali Hashem writes for pro-regime Al-Watan
  • Opinion: Consequences of the American Strike in Syria

    April 17, 2017

    by Abdel Moneim Ali Eissa for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    Donald Trump's decision to strike the Shayrat base earlier this month was less about changing the balance of power in Syria, but instead represented a nod to his domestic rivals showing his willingness to act as a strong and decisive leader, Abdel Moneim Ali Eissa writes for loyalist outlet Al-Watan
  • Syria … Post the U.S. Strike!

    April 13, 2017

    by Tariq Alhomayed for Asharq al-Awsat (Pan-Arab, London-based newspaper)

    Trump had to send a message to all parties supporting Assad that he won’t just resort to Syrian talks but will be part of the joint offensives in Syria, Tariq Alhomayed writes
  • U.S. Strikes Put Syria at a Crossroads: Beginning of Political Settlement or De Facto Division?

    April 11, 2017

    by Ibrahim Hamidi for Al-Hayat (London-based, pan-Arab newspaper)

    Al-Hayat columnist Ibrahim Hamidi highlights four observations in the aftermath of the first American strike on Syrian army positions, explaining that the coming days will show which of two tracks will be taken by Russian and the U.S. in response — military escalation between the two superpowers, or a renewed interest in a military-political agreement
  • Trump, Putin and Syria… the Opportunity and the Trap

    April 11, 2017

    by Ghassan Sharbel for Asharq al-Awsat (Pan-Arab, London-based newspaper)

    Vladimir Putin is a game-maker and a surprise-organizer. His counterpart in the Oval Office wants to be too
  • Opinion: Is a Political Solution Still Feasible in Syria?

    April 7, 2017

    by Dr. Riad Hijab for The Syrian Observer

    In a special op-ed for The Syrian Observer, the coordinator-general of the High Negotiations Committee explains that untying the Syrian knot will require isolating external influence on the Syrian scene, a transition with the establishment of a new political system, and the firm application of international law in order to hold war criminals to account
  • Chemicals Once Again: Liberating Syria From the Grip of Assad

    April 6, 2017

    by Randa Taqi al-Din for Al-Hayat (London-based, pan-Arab newspaper)

    Operations by the U.S.-led coalition to liberate Raqqa will not be enough as long as Assad and his regime continue their abuse against their own people, the real source of resentment which allows terrorism to thrive, Randa Taqi al-Din writes for Saudi-owned Al-Hayat newspaper

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