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Syria

  1. q&a & excerpt
    Ali Fitzgerald on Her New Comic About Refugees and Germany’s Rising NativismThe creator of Hungover Bear turns serious with Drawn to Berlin — plus an excerpt.
  2. 2020 election
    What Is Tulsi Gabbard Fighting For?The war veteran and Democratic congresswoman is a rising star for progressives. But her views on foreign policy illustrate a dilemma on the left.
  3. anonymous op-ed
    Nikki Haley Addresses Anonymous White House Writer, Shows How to Exploit CrisisThe former South Carolina governor is a consummate opportunist in moments of crisis.
  4. foreign policy
    After Promising Quick Syria Exit, Trump Is Said to Approve of Indefinite StayA U.S. official claimed Trump is “on board,” but this only bolsters claims that administration officials ignore the president’s orders.
  5. 5 Takeaways and One Surprise From Mike Pompeo’s Congressional TestimonyThe secretary of State appeared before Congress to answer questions for the first time since the NATO and Helsinki summits.
  6. Report: Assad to Meet With Kim Jong-un in North KoreaThe autocrat summit would be Kim’s first with another head of state on his home turf.
  7. Report: Trump Bragged to Wealthy Donors About Classified Syria BattleAt a Manhattan fundraiser, Trump bragged about a U.S. assault on Russian mercenaries that he said could have killed as many as 300 people.
  8. Trump’s Iran-Deal Exit Has Raised the Risk of War, Even Faster Than ExpectedIsrael and Iran are running out of reasons not to escalate their low-key conflict in Syria into a broader regional catastrophe.
  9. Israel Targets Iran’s Military in Syria With ‘Unprecedented’ StrikesThe Syrian Foreign Ministry called the strikes “the start of a new phase of aggression” by Israel.
  10. Officials Confirm That Trump Bombed Syria to Validate His TweetsMattis asked Trump to seek congressional approval for the strike. But he wanted to be “seen as backing up a series of bellicose tweets with action.”
  11. Trump Official: Haley at Fault for Announcing Wrong Russian PolicyIt’s tough when your boss isn’t on the same page as everyone else.
  12. Syria Strikes Show, Once Again, That We Can’t Police the World by Bombing ItFriday’s missile attack will join a growing list of failed attempts by the U.S. to conduct foreign policy from the air.
  13. Macron Says He Convinced Trump to Stay in Syria for the Long RunThough he just called for a withdrawal of U.S. troops.
  14. Trump Attacks Comey, Declares He’s Reclaiming ‘Mission Accomplished’Your regularly scheduled weekend-morning rant from the president.
  15. The U.S. Airstrikes on Syria Turned Out to Be Very ConventionalAnd quite possibly useless.
  16. Trump Bizarrely Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ After Syrian AirstrikesIs he unaware of this phrase’s history, or does he just not care?
  17. U.S. and Allies Launch Airstrikes Against SyriaTrump said the strikes were meant to serve as a “strong deterrent” against the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.
  18. Don’t Mistake Trump’s Airstrikes for a StrategyThe new round of “precision” strikes on Syria don’t lay the groundwork for anything but perpetual bombing runs.
  19. America Is About to Risk a World War to Defend the Credibility of Trump’s TweetsOfficials say Trump is likely to go through with a Syria strike over his Defense Secretary’s objections — because he said he would on Twitter.
  20. Report: Blood Samples Show Nerve Agent, Chlorine Used in Syria AttackU.S. officials say they have proof of a chemical attack that the Syrian regime has called a hoax.
  21. Trump Is Using American Foreign Policy As His Stress BallThe president’s Syria tweets confirm that he has no coherent goals for foreign policy beyond his own instant gratification.
  22. What Really Happened in the Syria Chemical Attack?Trump is preparing to strike, though we still don’t know exactly what killed scores of people in Douma last weekend. Here’s the evidence so far.
  23. Russia to Trump: ‘We Don’t Do Twitter Diplomacy’The Kremlin shot back at Trump after he tweeted about bombing Syria.
  24. Trump Uses Twitter to Announce Attack on Syria, Confess Obstruction of JusticeAlso insists his administration is “very calm and calculated.”
  25. Will Syrians Pay for Trump’s Anger at Investigators?Maybe the U.S. should punish Syria for alleged chemical weapon attacks. But maybe the president considering that action should not be in a hate rage.
  26. Trump’s Syria Reversal Reveals He Never Had a Coherent PlanAfter blaming the Syria situation on Obama’s dithering, Trump finds himself in a similar conundrum.
  27. The Moral High Ground on Syria Is EmptyEvery power that could help stop the killing has decided that their own interests outweigh dead innocents.
  28. Trump Promises Decision on Military Action Against Syria in Next Two DaysWe may see a repeat of last year’s largely ineffective air strikes.
  29. Israel Accused of Bombing Syrian Air Base After U.S. Denies InvolvementThough Trump said there would be a “big price to pay” for Assad’s apparent chemical attack, no country has claimed responsibility for the strike.
  30. Suspected Chemical Weapon Attack Kills Dozens in SyriaIt’s not yet clear if the U.S. will retaliate against the Assad regime again.
  31. Trump Hates ‘Arbitrary Timelines,’ Yet Gave U.S. 6 Months to Exit Syria: ReportTo avoid Obama comparisons, he told top officials they can’t call his random deadline a “timeline.”
  32. Trump Claims We’re Leaving Syria ‘Very Soon.’ Hopefully, He Made That Up.Government officials were caught off guard by talk of speedy withdrawal, which would leave the situation in the hands of Assad, Erdogan, and Putin.
  33. Grown-ups Are Not Running America’s Foreign PolicyA group of Model U.N. teenagers could probably pick and execute policies better than this administration.
  34. North Korea’s Link to Syria’s Chemical Weapons Is Horrific, Yet UnsurprisingThe shipments identified in a U.N. report violate sanctions on both countries and demonstrate just how good these rogue regimes are at evading them.
  35. Why Are U.S. Troops Staying in Syria? The Trump Administration Won’t SayOfficials argued the military can remain there indefinitely, with no new authorization from Congress — but wouldn’t explain the long-term objectives.
  36. movies
    Last Men in Aleppo Producer and Subject Blocked From Attending OscarsThe director blames President Trump’s travel ban.
  37. Strange But True: Headlines From the Middle EastFor years, people have talked about what the Middle East would look like if the United States took a more limited role. That time has come.
  38. Israel’s War With Iran Comes Out of the ShadowsSaturday’s clash signals that Syria could become the theater for a direct confrontation between two of the most powerful states in the Middle East.
  39. Israel Conducts Air Strikes on Iranian Targets in SyriaIt was the first time Israel has directly targeted Iranian military forces, and marks a dangerous escalation in the conflict.
  40. gallery
    A Lebanese Artist Draws Portraits of Syrians in ExileMounira Al Solh’s exhibition “I believe in our right to be frivolous” opens at the Art Institute in Chicago today.
  41. Turkey Says White House Is Lying About Trump’s Call With ErdoganA White House readout suggests Trump chewed out Erdogan. Turkey says different.
  42. America’s Role in Syria Just Got a Lot More ComplicatedISIS may be in full retreat, but two key U.S. allies are now fighting each other.
  43. The World in 2018 — What Could Possibly Go Wrong?We escaped 2017 without a major global incident. But the other shoe may be about to drop.
  44. An American Teen Tried to Join ISIS. Then Came His Second Chance.A U.S. judge makes a first-of-its-kind bet: Maybe a convicted terrorist should just go to rehab.
  45. Trump’s Refugee Ban Is Ending, But Comes With Stricter RequirementsNew vetting requirements reportedly go into effect Wednesday.
  46. U.S.-Backed Forces Retake Raqqa From ISISThe Syrian city the terror group considered the capital of their so-called caliphate has been liberated.
  47. Syrian-American Journalist and Her Mother Murdered in TurkeyHalla and Orouba Barakat were well-known activists working against the Assad regime.
  48. the golden door
    Nour Is a Syrian Immigrant. She’s Afraid to Say Her Name Out Loud in America.The September edition of the Cut’s Golden Door comic.
  49. The Holocaust Museum Shouldn’t Have Cancelled Its Syria StudyWe need to at least be able to debate the possibility that U.S. intervention often does more harm than good.
  50. Report: Trump Ends CIA Support for Anti-Assad Rebels in Syria“Putin won in Syria,” one anonymous official told the Washington Post.
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