Whatever vanity impels Trump to talk about Andrew Jackson, Danziger considers his remarks about the Civil War indicative of deep and dangerous stupidity.
Following Trump’s military strike on a Syrian airbase, his clownish administration has taken us to the brink of war — with the wise counsel, as Danziger observes, of his Harvard-educated son-in-law Jared Kushner. Doesn’t that make you feel safer?
Trump ordered the air strikes just a day after he pointed the finger at Assad for this week’s chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.
Trump appeared to have opted for measured and targeted air strikes instead of a full-blown assault on Assad’s forces and installations.
On paper at least, the U.S. and Russia come away from marathon negotiations with components they demanded. But the room for doubt that the complex agreement announced early Saturday will work is enormous, hardened by years of broken promises and cynical gambits by the warring parties and their backers.
The toxic stew of ideological proxy warring in Syria should be a softball topic for any Libertarian, let alone the leader of the entire party.
“We will never know exact numbers,” Medecins San Frontieres said in a Tweet after estimating that 900 had died during the week. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said more than 700 had drowned.
By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times ALEPPO, Syria — In the living room he helped build, Mahmood sat in a wooden chair, being scolded by his wife. The urine in his drainage bag had just spilled onto the freshly mopped floor. “Why is it ripping each day?” Auroba asked sternly, exasperation creeping into her voice. […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — A pair of car bombs exploded Wednesday in a busy residential district in the central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 25 civilians and wounding more than 100, Syria’s official media reported. The state news agency blamed the attacks on “terrorists,” the government’s standard description […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — A Dutch priest who lived in Syria for almost five decades and refused to evacuate this year from the rebel-held Old City area of Homs was shot and killed at his residence early Monday, according to official accounts. Father Frans Van der Lugt […]
By Joel Greenberg, McClatchy Foreign Staff JERUSALEM — Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army positions early Wednesday after an explosion wounded four Israeli soldiers on the Golan Heights frontier, the military said, in the most serious flare-up of violence there since the start of Syria’s 3-year-old civil war. A Syrian army announcement said one person was […]
Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel launched air raids against Syrian army positions early Wednesday and issued a stark warning to Damascus just hours after a bomb on the occupied Golan wounded four Israeli soldiers. The Syrian army said the air strikes killed one soldier and wounded seven, cautioning that the assault endangered “the security and stability […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Authorities said roads across Lebanon were reopened Wednesday following a tense evening of road-closing protests linked to the war in neighboring Syria. Clashes erupted late Tuesday between demonstrators and security forces as protesters used burning tires to block a number of roads throughout the […]
By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIRUT — The collapse of a rebel bastion inside Syria showed its effects inside Lebanon on Monday as rival communities rocketed one another, snipers opened fire along a critical highway near the Syrian border and at least two car bombs targeted Shiite Muslim villages in the Bekaa Valley. Terrorism […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Syrian lawmakers Thursday approved revisions to the nation’s electoral law amid mounting indications that President Bashar Assad plans to run for a new, seven-year term. Assad, whose current mandate ends in July, has frequently hinted that he would seek re-election under the terms of […]
By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIRUT — The deal that saw the release over the weekend of 13 Syrian nuns who had been abducted in December by anti-government fighters happened largely because rebel forces fear they are about to lose control of the area where the nuns were being held. Lebanese security officials familiar […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times TAL KHALAKH, Syria — For more than a year, Ghassan Eid didn’t speak to his son, Khaled, who abandoned his job as a policeman and joined the armed rebels. “I was ashamed,” recalled the father, a shop owner in Tal Khalakh, long renowned as a smuggling hub with […]
By Weedah Hamzah BEIRUT — The Syrian military killed more than 175 rebel fighters Wednesday in an ambush near Damascus, state news agency SANA reported. Syrian television showed pictures of rows of bodies that it claimed were the remains of rebels killed at Otaiba Lake in the eastern Ghouta area. “An army unit eliminated scores […]
By Roy Gutman and Hannah Allam, McClatchy Foreign Bureau REYHANLI, Turkey — Caught off guard by the abrupt dismissal of the U.S. point man for moderate Syrian rebels, the Obama administration is now searching for new clients to aid in an insurgency that’s dominated by Islamist factions, including groups with connections to al-Qaida. The downfall […]
By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau JAKARTA, Indonesia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Monday accused Russia of enabling Syria’s efforts to settle the civil war on the battlefield rather than in negotiation. In an appearance in the Indonesian capital, Kerry complained that Moscow, along with Iran and the Hezbollah militant group, are providing […]
Damascus (AFP) – The evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held areas of Syria’s third city Homs was suspended on Tuesday, as a mediator said peace talks in Switzerland were making little progress. Aid teams had been on standby to resume humanitarian operations in the central city on Tuesday, but by mid-afternoon the provincial governor said […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times GENEVA — Peace talks aimed at ending the Syrian war hit an impasse Monday when the most contentious issue — the future governing structure — came up for discussion between representatives of President Bashar Assad and the U.S.-backed opposition. However, neither side walked out of the conference, and […]
By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times With peace talks due to begin this week in Switzerland, a report lays out new evidence that the Syrian government engaged in the “systematic torture and killing” of detainees that it says could support charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. A team of legal and forensics experts, […]
Washington (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday headed on a perilous mission to try to kickstart talks to end the Syrian war, only hours after the high-stakes peace conference teetered on the edge of collapse. Taking off before dawn in a bid to out-fly a winter storm bearing down on the U.S. […]