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Leah Barkoukis - Mon Sep 2

Bashar al-Assad issued a warning about a possible attack on his country: if the United States and France strike, “Everyone will lose control of the situation … Chaos and extremism will spread. The risk of a regional war exists,” the Syrian leader was quoted as saying in a French newspaper. ... more

Daniel Doherty - Tue Aug 27

Katie reported earlier today that U.S. airstrikes against Syria seem imminent ... more

Taylor Colwell - Sat Aug 24

Reports of a potential chemical weapons massacre perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are changing U.S. attitudes toward the Syrian conflict, with the administration weighing more seriously the option of military strikes. ... more

Taylor Colwell - Sat Aug 17

Visitors to the Washington Post's website were redirected to a sight belonging to Bashar al-Assad's Syrian army. ... more

Night Watch - Wed Jun 5

The numbers of Hizballah fighters in Syria are significant for a non-state militia force. However, the numbers are not large relative to the impact Hizballah fighters have had in changing the momentum of the fight in the government's favor. ... more

Night Watch - Sat Jun 1

Israeli analysts accused Asad of lying about the delivery of S-300 missiles. Unnamed US officials said there was no evidence of a recent missile delivery. If they show up, some intelligence services are going to be embarrassed. ... more

Rachel Marsden - Tue May 28

Daniel Pipes - Fri Apr 12

Analysts agree that "the erosion of the Syrian regime's capabilities is accelerating," that it step-by-step continues to retreat, making a rebel breakthrough and an Islamist victory increasingly likely. In response, I am changing my policy recommendation from neutrality to something that causes me, as a humanitarian and decades-long foe of the Assad dynasty, to pause before writing: Western governments should support the malign dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. ... more

Pat Buchanan - Fri Mar 22

As President Obama departed for Israel, there came a startling report. Bashar Assad's regime had used poison gas on Syrian rebels. ... more

Oliver North - Fri Feb 1

Until Jan. 30, I was working on a story about reaction here in Israel to the Obama administration's decision to provide advanced F-16 aircraft to Egypt. ... more

Cliff May - Thu Dec 27

It seems like only yesterday that Bashar al-Assad was being courted by progressive Western politicians even as he conspired with Iranian jihadists and Kremlin strongmen. And it was less than two years ago that Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue and Comandante of the Fashionistas, was celebrating First Lady Asma al-Assad as “a rose in the desert,” whose “style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment … a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement." ... more

Paul Greenberg - Tue Nov 20

There are various responses dictators are sure to make as their subjects grow restive and their rule is challenged. ... more

Paul Greenberg - Wed Oct 17

Aleppo is burning. You can read about it day after day on the front pages, or on the websites of Syrians trying to organize support for their fight against the latest Assad. Caught between regulars and irregulars, thugs in uniform and out, Aleppo's inhabitants run for cover, or hunker down where they are and wait for the next air raid, the next suicide bombing, the next massacre. Or just the next bus out. Which could be blown to smithereens. By either side. ... more

Victor Davis Hanson - Thu May 24

Who could not despise the tottering Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in Syria? The Syrian strongman has killed some 10,000 protestors over the last year; thousands of Syrians are now refugees. ... more

Cliff May - Thu Apr 19

"The fax shall make you free." Albert Wohlstetter, the great Cold War strategist, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, said that back in 1990. He was right: The advent of fax machines, Xerox copiers and other then-cutting-edge communications technologies was an enormous boon to the free flow of information. ... more

Steve Chapman - Sun Apr 15

Last year, as violent strife engulfed Libya and a dictator made war on his opponents, the Obama administration balked at military intervention to topple the regime. This year, as similar events occur in Syria, it is balking again. But as we learned from Libya, that's no reason we won't eventually wade right in. ... more

Austin Bay - Wed Apr 11

This past Tuesday, April 10, as the ceasefire arranged by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan supposedly commenced, Syrian rebels posted a short video on the Internet that they claimed showed mortar shells fired by forces loyal to dictator Bashir Assad striking the city of Homs. I watched part of the herky-jerky clip. Near the end, I heard someone, likely the cameraman, appealing to God. ... more

Townhall.com Staff - Thu Mar 29