A Look at Al-Qaeda in Syria

By William Tucker Back in March 2011, I had written an article on the reported presence of al-Qaeda militants fighting against the Qaddafi regime after U.S. intelligence indicated that “flickers” of al-Qaeda were seen among the rebellion. Keeping true to form with the rest of the Arab Spring uprisings, the same concern is being expressed in regards to the situation in Syria. Unlike Libya, however, the presence of al-Qaeda is more pronounced.
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The Battle for Aleppo

By William Tucker Syrian opposition forces have followed up their assault on Damascus by seizing and holding territory in the northern city of Aleppo. The fighting in Aleppo is shaping up quite differently than the assault on Damascus. Rather than seize government building and force Assad loyalists to retake portions of the city block by block the opposition withdrew from Damascus after a few days of fighting.
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Cuba’s Uncertain Future

By William Tucker In December 2011, I wrote an article on the influence of Cuba and Iran in Venezuela. Although Iran has some interests in using Venezuela to increase its footprint in Latin America, it is Cuba that has staked much of its economic welfare, indeed even its political fortunes, to the Chavez regime. In the time since that article was posted, Chavez’s health is still uncertain – despite his claims.
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New Development in Syria: Syria Will Use WMD against “External Aggression”

By Kyler Ong The Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said Monday that his country possesses chemical and biological weapons which will be readily used against any external aggressors (but not its own civilians) should the situation arise, an indirect indication that the Assad regime has been heavily weakened militarily by recent events.
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Israelis Targeted in Bulgaria Bombing

By William Tucker A tour bus carrying Israeli tourists was struck by a terrorist bombing today killing 7 and wounding another 32. According to eyewitness accounts, the explosion took place shortly after the passengers began boarding the bus. This suggests that the bomb was the work of a suicide bomber, or the device was detonated remotely by someone in the vicinity.
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Syrian Ministers Killed in Damascus Bombing

By William Tucker A reported attack on the National Security building in Damascus has killed three top Syrian ministers and wounded several others. Unfortunately, none of the information surrounding the reported attack can be verified. Two groups did, however, claim responsibility for the attack – the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Lord of the Martyrs Brigade. State run media did confirm an attack took place.
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