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US begins armed drone flights from Turkey

...would put the U.S. into a messy war with a sovereign nation that has sophisticated air defenses.Syrian President Bashar Assad last month acknowledged that his troops have lost territory to rebel forces and were running short on manpower, but...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-08-04/us-begins-armed-drone-flights-turkey
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US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in Syria

...the office of Turkey's prime minister.However, in the absence of a no-fly zone to neutralize Syrian President Bashar Assad's warplanes, it is not clear how the possible buffer zone may be considered a safe haven where displaced people could...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-28/us-turkey-plan-safe-zone-free-syria
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In complicating move, al-Qaida backs Syrian revolt

...extremists will try to exploit an uprising against President Bashar Assad that began with peaceful calls for democratic change...is still bleeding day after day, and the butcher (Bashar Assad) isn't deterred and doesn't stop," said al-Zawahri...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2012-02-13/complicating-move-al-qaida-backs-syri
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IS militants attack two cities in Syria

...IS captured part of Hassakeh, which has long been divided between Syrian Kurds and the military forces of President Bashar Assad.The militants also hit Kobani, a northern town on Syria's border with Turkey that had become a symbol of Kurdish...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-26/militants-attack-two-cities-syria
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Iran accord: 'New chapter' or a 'historic mistake'?

...an Islamic Republic flush with cash from sanctions relief would expand its military assistance for Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, Yemen's Houthi rebels, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and other forces opposing America's...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-15/iran-accord-new-chapter-or-historic-m
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Diplomats: Iran nuclear agreement likely today

...concerned that an Iran flush with cash from the nuclear deal would expand its military assistance for Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, Yemen's Houthi rebels, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and other forces opposing America's...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-14/diplomats-iran-nuclear-agreement-like
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IS group loses key town on the Turkish border

...roundabout route that could expose the extremists to other fighting amid the long Syrian civil war against President Bashar Assad."The American policy in Syria and Iraq is to encircle IS and choke them off. When they can no longer sell oil and...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-17/group-loses-key-town-turkish-border
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Joint Chiefs nominee: Russia biggest threat to US security

...would use revenue from any sanctions relief to further aid Shiite militias in Iraq, the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.Even if there if is no nuclear deal, Dunford said, Iran will continue to be a "malign...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-10/joint-chiefs-nominee-russia-biggest-t
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Iran pushes for end to arms embargo in nuke deal

...doesn't want the arms ban ended because it could allow Tehran to expand its military assistance for Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled government, for the Houthi rebels in Yemen and for Hezbollah in Lebanon. It also would increase already...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-07/iran-pushes-end-arms-embargo-nuke-dea
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US program to train Syrian rebels losing ground

...criteria," Carter said.Many Syrian rebel volunteers prefer to use their training to fight the government of President Bashar Assad, the original target of their revolution. While IS has been a brutal occupant of much of their country, the rebels...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-30/us-program-train-syrian-rebels-losing
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