Syria has always been among the Middle East's most repressive dictatorships, in addition to serving as the home to terrorists that have killed American soldiers and non-combatants in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank and more. Now, Syria is under fire from within; since March 2011, tens of thousands of innocent Syrians have been killed in ruthless assaults by the Assad regime. While government forces continue to bombard major cities with appalling brutality, US strategic interests argue for intervention in this pivotal Arab country. For ongoing coverage and analysis on the escalating attacks in Syria, keep updated by AEI's foreign and defense policy scholars.
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Senior Fellow Joh Bolton discusses the appeal of jihadist organizations to American youth.
After 50 days of obvious failure, it's time to consider an approach that might work against ISIS: Get American special forces on the ground with the Sunni Arabs themselves. The only other alternative is to resign ourselves to living with an Al Qaeda state and army.
Eight U.S. strikes targeted the Khorasan group west of Aleppo in Syria on September 22. The Pentagon confirmed that the Khorasan group, which is tied to al Qaeda, was "planning imminent attacks" against targets that included the U.S. homeland. The al Qaeda threat growing in Syria is now realized.
US airstikes in Syria, targeting the Islamic State, were more pinpricks than shock-and-awe. They also reflected the administration's unfocused strategy as they dispersed a limited size force across multiple different targets.
Danielle Pletka, Vice President of Foreign and Defence Policy Studies, discusses America's involvement in Syria on CNN's 'The Situation Room'.
Gen. Martin Dempsey's comments about the size of the Free Syrian Army force that the US can train is a tacit confession that the prospects for lasting success against the Islamic State are slim and distant.
The Islamic State is a threat to the United States of America, and that is the primary reason we must defeat it. The United States has capabilities that no other state or group in the world has, and that is why we must lead this effort.
The Islamic State is a clear and present danger to the security of the U.S. We must therefore pursue an iterative approach that tests basic assumptions, develops our understanding, and builds partnerships with willing parties on the ground, especially the Sunni Arabs in Iraq.