Author Archives: Sam Heller

VICE News: “The Syrian Regime Is Close to a Victory That Could Turn the War”

New from me on VICE News: The Syrian regime just cut rebels’ main Aleppo supply line, and it’s a disaster for the opposition. https://news.vice.com/article/the-syrian-regime-is-close-to-a-victory-that-could-turn-the-war  

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VICE News: “Syria Peace Talks in Geneva Get Suspended Even Before Really Beginning”

New from me on VICE News: Syria peace talks in Geneva have already flamed out. A guide to the main players and the basic disconnect that stopped negotiations before they could start: https://news.vice.com/article/syria-peace-talks-in-geneva-get-suspended-even-before-really-beginning

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VICE News: “Faced With A Russian Onslaught, Syrian Rebels Are Calling for Help From All Muslims”

New from me on VICE News: Russian and Iranian intervention has turned the military balance in Syria’s civil war, and rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime are struggling to cope. Some rebels have decided they urgently need more men – Syrian … Continue reading

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War on the Rocks: “A Cause for All Turks: Turkey and Syria’s Turkmen Rebels”

New from me and S.G. Grimaldi on War on the Rocks: The plight of Syria’s Turkmen minority has rallied groups across Turkey’s political spectrum, from pan-Islamists to hard-right Turkish nationalists. This mobilization is getting needed support to civilians inside Syria … Continue reading

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World Politics Review: “Why Diplomatic Talks to End Syria’s Civil War Will Fail—Again”

New from me on World Politics Review: Everyone is currently very excited about negotiations between Syria’s regime and opposition to resolve the country’s brutal war. But maybe don’t be? Because talks aren’t going to work, come on. http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/read/qdQcCY4RovdstHzmhV8EM1JW67gRkWKftkaH3INVlcMh9hw1Q1KQjBoqJ1BYNIQdcpnIomkQDlTYqsjM5o1RGMkw5XtwMS4NiWZZEiCMkLPIUDLemcTpnSaukjIf4hCA

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Ahrar al-Sham media activist: “I won’t claim that al-Fou’ah and Kafarya are entirely besieged.”

Below is something I thought might be pertinent amid the coverage of Madaya, the Damascus countryside town that has recently been subjected to a crushing siege by the regime and Hizbullah. I’ve translated a response from Ahrar al-Sham media activist … Continue reading

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VICE News: “How Assad Is Using Sieges and Hunger to Grab More of the ‘Useful Syria'”

New from me on VICE News: As the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad wages an offensive with Russia’s backing on rebels across the country, behind the front lines it has been consolidating its hold in Syria’s west.This is the part … Continue reading

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