INTERNATIONAL. Syria is clearly in a state of internal crisis. Facebook-organized protests were quickly stamped out in early February, but by mid-March, a faceless opposition had emerged from the flashpoint city of Daraa in Syria’s largely conservative Sunni southwest.
From Daraa, demonstrations spread to the Kurdish northeast, the coastal Latakia area, urban Sunni strongholds in Hama and Homs and to Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Feeling overwhelmed, the regime experimented with rhetoric on reforms while relying on much more familiar iron-fist methods in cracking down, arresting hund
JORDAN. The humanitarian response to the conflict in Syria has already struggled to secure enough funding. If the situation continues to deteriorate and the needs continue to rise is a humanitarian response at US$5 billion a year sustainable?
INTERNATIONAL. Imposing a no-fly zone would require the United States to destroy Syria's air defenses, entering the two-year-old civil war with the sort of action that NATO used in Libya two years ago.
INTERNATIONAL. "What is happening in Syria today completely shuts the doors on any discussions about international conferences and political initiatives," said George Sabra, head of the National Coalition.
INTERNATIONAL. America's friends and allies in the Middle East depend on the US' strategic vision, clarity and resolve. They feel unsure, however, about the Obama administration's policy which appears to be timid and unworthy of the US' unique stature and responsibility.
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. F-16 combat aircraft and Patriot missile defense batteries sent to Jordan on a military exercise may remain in the country longer amid growing U.S. concerns that the country could collapse.
INTERNATIONAL. "I have determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies, and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent, while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one third."
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