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MUST WATCH: Virginia State Senator Richard Black discusses ISIS, Syria, and President Assad

In this web exclusive, Sean Stone sits down with Virginia state Senator Dick Black to talk about the ongoing crisis in Syria, and what policies the US and other world powers should adopt to return the region to peace and stability.

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The Truth about Syria

Obama Administration Appears to be Drifting towards Cooperation with the Syrian Government, but…

September 24, 2015 No. 16 Bryen: “Getting Serious about Syria: a Deal is Urgently Needed” Bradley: “Putin and Assad Have Made Fools of the West” Larison: “The Utter Folly of Arming the Syrian Opposition” Idiz: “Kerry’s remarks on Syria trouble Turkey” The Truth about Syria is a publication of the …

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Putin and Assad Have Made Fools of the West

26 September 2015 edition By John R. Bradley Full text at the Spectator (London) More accurately the west has made a fool of itself and it’s up to Putin to try and save the day before a half-harted US intervention against ISIS, combined with very real support for supposedly ‘moderate’ …

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US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) answers a question about the ongoing crisis in Syria during a news conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London, Sept. 19, 2015.  (photo by REUTERS/Evan Vucci)
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Kerry’s remarks on Syria trouble Turkey

By Semih Idiz Full text at Al-Monitor Turkey’s lack of diplomatic clout in Syria is becoming more glaring as the crisis moves toward a new trajectory, which includes the highly unsavory prospect for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of a role for Syrian President Bashar …

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Jabhat al-Nusra, affiliated to al-Qaeda, took the technicals, guns and ammunition from the US-trained Division 30 in northern Aleppo Photo: Reuters
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The Utter Folly of Arming the Syrian Opposition

September 22, 2015 By Daniel Larison From The American Conservative Here is the latest report confirming just how foolish it was to arm “moderate” rebels in Syria: Pentagon-trained rebels are reported to have betrayed US and handed weapons over to an al-Qaeda affiliate immediately after entering Syria. Fighters with Division 30 surrendered …

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Getting Serious about Syria: a Deal is Urgently Needed

By Stephen Bryen Full text at Technology and Security Secretary of State Kerry gets calls from his Russian counterpart and calls him back.  But what we hear is more of the same: the United States wants Assad out, the Russians support him.  Where is this going?  Is there a solution …

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Obama Administration Weighs Whether to Double Down on Failed Syria Policy or to Cooperate with Assad against the IS

September 17, 2015 No. 15 Syria’s Bashar al-Assad Blames West for Refugee Crisis – but Offers Cooperation against the IS The Pentagon Just Spent $41 Million to Train ‘Four or Five’ Syrian Fighters U.S. training helped mold top Islamic State military commander The Truth about Syria is a publication of …

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TAL ABYAD, SYRIA - JUNE 19: (TURKEY OUT) A Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG fighter controls the weapons in downtown of Tal Abyad, Syria. June 19, 2015. Kurdish fighters with the YPG took full control of Tal Abyad, dealing a major blow to the Islamic State group's ability to wage war in Syria. Mopping up operations have started to make the town safe for the return of residents from Turkey, after more than a year of Islamic State militants holding control of the town. (Photo by Ahmet Sik/Getty Images)
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The Pentagon Just Spent $41 Million to Train “Four or Five” Syrian Fighters

By Paul McLeary Full text at Foreign Policy Only about “four or five” U.S.-trained Syrian rebels remain on the battlefield to take on the Islamic State after the Defense Department spent over $41 million to train and equip a small group of about 60 earlier this year, a senior military …

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Syria’s Bashar al-Assad: West is to blame for refugee crisis

By Jethro Mullen and Brian Walker, CNN September 16, 2015 Full text with related video at CNN. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is blaming Western nations for fueling the refugee crisis by supporting opposition groups in his country’s bloody civil war. “If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists,” he said in …

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Abu Omar al Shishani, born Tarkhan Batirashvili in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley, is seen in an image captured from an Islamic State video posted on the Internet. The Pankisi Valley is home to perhaps as many as 150 Islamic State fighters. Screenshot from ISIS Video
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U.S. training helped mold top Islamic State military commander

By Mitchell Prothero Full story at McLatchydc.com. SAWA comment: The Syrian conflict would not exist and have dragged on for over four bloody years but for the foreign fanatics flocking in from numerous countries.  Some of these are beneficiaries of U.S. training, as illustrated in the following article. KILLIS, TURKEY — …

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