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Questions tagged [syria]

For questions relating to the government and politics of the Syrian Arab Republic

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Why would a planned Turkish invasion of Syria motivate US troops' withdrawal?

According to Fox, President Trump may have ordered troops withdrawn from Syria due to President Erdoğan giving advanced warning of an imminent anti-PKK Turkish invasion. Why would this motivate the US ...
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What is Russia's rationale of giving S-300 to Bashar Al Assad?

According to this 3D animation Israeli F-16s are innocent. Apparently, Russian plane was voluntarily circulating in the missile's range. So, why is Russia giving S-300 to Bashar's army? What is ...
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Did the Greek economy contract more than Syria's in the past decade?

From a BBC article: According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), only four countries have shrunk economically more than Greece in the past decade: Yemen, Libya, Venezuela and Equatorial ...
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Has Iran ever attacked secular rebels inside of Syria?

I know Iran was running an operation inside of Syria. I am trying to discern what exactly they were doing. Is there any evidence that Iran attacked secular rebels fighting the Assad regime?
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How do the political/economical systems in the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities and the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria compare?

As far as I'm aware, there are currently two places in the world de facto run in a more or less anarchist way: The Municipios Autónomos Rebeldes Zapatistas in Chiapas, México; and the Democratic ...
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Has the OPCW submitted its report relevant to the alleged April 7, 2018 chemical weapon attack in Douma to the organisation's member states?

Has the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) submitted its report relevant to the alleged April 7, 2018 chemical weapon attack in Douma to the organisation's member states? If ...
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Why do the Europeans and US consider Hezbollah Terrorists?

Some years ago and after the start of the Syrian war, Europe considered Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, while during the Syrian war this organization defeated terrorists such as daesh and ...
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Have some of Russian troops withdrawn from Syria since Putin's announcement in december 2017?

On 11 december 2017, Vladimir Putin announced that Russian army would partially withdraw from Syria. "In two years, the Russian armed forces, together with the Syrian army, have defeated the most ...
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As of 2018, why did Putin get involved in Syria? [duplicate]

When Russia first got involved in Syria, a few points came in my mind: To distract the international community from Crimean annexation. To secure a naval base in Syria so that they can get involve in ...
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What did Israel offer Russia for cancelling the S-300 delivery to Syria

According to this link, Russia has cancelled its delivery of S-300 to Syria because of Israel's lobbying. But, I am curious, What is Israel offering Russian in return?
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What has been Russia's response to the US strikes on Syria?

Russia warned of consequences for the strikes against Syria, and it seems they have made warnings prior to the strikes. Has there been a response or a mobilization of their military that might ...
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What does the Assad regime gain from the use of “chemical weapons” on Syrian civilians? [duplicate]

What does Assad hope to gain from the use of these so called chemical weapons that the west is claiming he's using on his people? To me it would only make things worse for his regime and give even ...
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Why would Assad use chemical weapons in the civil war as of 2018?

The US has recently accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in the civil war. However it seems to me that Assad has little to gain from doing so: Chemical weapons give a casus belli ...
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Why the USA wants to risk a conflict with Russia by preparing military interventions in Syria [closed]

After the still entirely unproven chemical attack(s) of Assad troops versus the opposition forces/civilians, the USA seems to risk an open conflict and may even prepare a military intervention in ...
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What would have been the aim of Theresa May refusing to join the strike on Syria? [closed]

The UK is one of the main NATO members. It seems to me that Western countries almost always act in a block. Why is the UK stepping back from the line? Does she not want to burn jets in Russian fire? ...
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Why does Erdogan hate Bashar Al Assad?

Why does Erdogan hate Bashar Al Assad so much? “Assad is definitely a terrorist who has carried out state terrorism,” Erdogan told a televised news conference with his Tunisian counterpart Beji ...
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Why has Macron offered to mediate between the Turkish government and YPG force of Syria?

Recently, the French president Macron has offered to mediate between the Syrian Kurdish force YPG and the Turkish government. How will Macron or France benefit from mediating between the YPG Kurds ...
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List of embassies closed in Damascus (Syria)

Is there a list of Embassies closed in Syria between 2008 and 2018?
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Syria: Why Is There A Civil War There? [closed]

Wikipedia characterizes the current war in Syria as a civil war: The Syrian Civil War (Arabic: الحرب الأهلية السورية‎, Al-ḥarb al-ʼahliyyah as-sūriyyah) is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict ...
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Does Democratic Federation of Northern Syria have any official foreign relations?

The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria is described in Wikipedia as being a "de facto autonomous region in northern Syria," gaining its autonomy from the Syrian government as part of the current ...
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Iran rebukes Turkey on Syria incursion - Why?

Turkey is in Syria launching an offensive against the Kurds, and Iran just issued a warning for Turkey to back off. This confuses me - isn't it in Iran's interest for Turkey to suppress the Kurds? Why ...
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Are there any negotiations underway to return Syrian refugees back to peaceful parts of Syria?

Since Russia has recently announced they're withdrawing a part of their troops and most of the non-Kurdish regions are now under Assad's control, it's clear that the 7 year war is coming to an end ...
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Why did Vladimir Putin order a pullout from Syria in late 2017?

Vladimir Putin ordered pullout of Russian troops from Syria. Why such a decision? Russia had entered Syria to ensure that Bashar-Al-Assad remain in power and the West do not put a puppet in power? It ...
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How many US military troops are in Syria?

How many US military troops are in Syria? Are there any official statistics, claims by Russia or Syria, Or any other notable sources about this?
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US media coverage of Dec. 2017 Israeli attack on Syria [closed]

Why is there no coverage of Dec. 2017 Israeli attack on Syria by the US media (except for UPI, VoA, RFERL, Newburgh Gazette and GKMen), according to Google News 11AM MDT, Dec. 2, 2017: Google News
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Who are, until now, the biggest losers of the war in Syria?

Are there any studies (which results are publicly available) about the damages caused by the Syrian war to other involved parties? How much does the refugee crisis cost Turkey or EU, for example?
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Putin's 2016 announcement : Withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria

Russia's president Vladimir Putin famously announced on 2016, March the 14th, that Russian armed forces would leave Syria as "the six-month military intervention had largely achieved its objective". ...
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Has the Syrian (Baath) government issued any public statements on desired post-war relations with Rojava?

In the Syrian Civil War, Rojava and Syria have had a "tacit alliance". A Rojavan spokesperson declared their desire for a federal government. Rojava is supported by the US and Russia and opposed by ...
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Are white helmets propaganda or legitimate? [closed]

From the West/NATO point of view the white helmets are heroes who saved an astounding number of lives (100 000). And according to them, they were bullied and bombarded by Syria/Russia forces. But ...
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Why UN has called meeting over North Korea but didn't call on its Chemical Weapons “Export”? [closed]

Today, headlines of every News agency pressed the panic button among public by portraying North Korea as the worst danger to World's Peace, while it has been virtually silent on North Korea smuggling ...
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Is enfranchisement the answer to the middle east problem, or is dictatorship necessary for stability in the region? [closed]

There are examples to show that the government acts to moderate the wishes of the population at large. In case of a democracy, the religious mindset of the people would translate into policies that ...
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Has the Pentagon provided evidence for their accusations against Assad's potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack?

Pentagon accuses Syria President Bashar al-Assad’s government of potentially preparing for another chemical attack: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing a chemical-weapons attack ...
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How many non-combatants have been killed by the Islamic State?

Since IS was formed (including the time it was knows as ISIS), how many non-combatants were killed by IS-affiliated forces or individuals? I'm interested in the ballpark figure, not splitting hairs ...
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Is Syria under a Liberal/progressive regime (for its region) and how does it relate to the moderate rebels

I am going to preface this with setting aside any theoretical or factual crimes against humanity and focus on the law and what by the law would be and is legal. From my understanding since early 2000'...
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Why didn't Turkey want the US to attack Raqqa?

Apparently, while Michael Flynn was the National Security Advisor, Turkey wanted him to convince President Trump to abort an attack on the Syrian city of Raqqa, an ISIS stronghold. Let's put aside ...
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Are car bombs considered a conventional weapon under international law?

If a "Red line" is drawn by the Obama administration over the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, because it is unconventional weapons, why is there no red line drawn for the use of a ...
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Have Syrian rebels ever used chemical weapons?

There have been many questions about the Assad regime using chemical weapons against the rebels opposing him. A common rebuttal from the Syrian government and its allies is that the rebels are the ...
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Is Cuba still intervening in Syria to help the Russians?

This Daily Beast article is now a couple of years old, dating from October 2015. Here are the lead graphs. Not for the first time Cuban forces are doing Russia’s dirty work, this time in Syria. On ...
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Has the Syrian Government used barrel bombs with chlorine since Trump's airstrike?

A few days ago, President Trump launched an airstrike against a Syrian airbase in response to the Syrian Government launching a Saren gas attack. Today, Secretary of Defense Mattis said that further ...
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What are the current military objectives of Rojava(Syrian kurds)?

The relations of various factions in syrian war seems to be very complicated, as can be seen in this image. Considering the Rojava, it seems like they are been supported by both Russian and US ...
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What incentives (or stated motives) did the US have to attack Syria?

What were the motives stated for for the US attacking Syria or incentives to do that? It doesn't seem like there was any immediate threat from Syria to the US. (After all, they neither have ICBM's ...
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On what basis do some countries oppose President Assad? [duplicate]

TL;DR: on what basis do some (mostly western) countries condemn the democratically elected Assad? In my understanding, President Assad was democratically elected. He has won elections 3 times: In ...
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What is the purpose of USA warning Russia about missile strikes in Syria?

According to this article, the US warned the Russians ahead of Syria missile strikes. It does not specify when exactly this occurred (a few minutes means nothing, 1-2 hours means that some troops/...
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Why don't Western powers support Bashar al-Assad since it now became clear most of the opposition is not in support of democratic government?

In the beginning of the Syrian Civil War the Western powers supported the Syrian opposition on principles of democracy and self-determination. However 6 years later it's now clear that most of the ...
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What incentive could Assad have to use chemical weapons?

For the recent chemical attack in Syria, most claim Assad did it, some claim it was an accident, and some claim it was a false flag operation. However, what realpolitical reasons could Assad have in ...
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Didn't the USA need to declare war before launching the missiles on April 6th 2017?

The launch of over 50 missiles to strike a Syrian military base could be considered an act of war. The UN charter states: All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat ...
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Are the US strikes in Syria backed by international treaties against the use of chemical weapons?

The Syrian government has various treaties against the possession and use of chemical weapons. Say (as seems likely) that recent chemical chemical attacks in Syria were undertaken by the government. ...
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Why does Russia support the Assad regime? [duplicate]

What benefit does Russia get from keeping Assad in power? What is the history behind the relationship between Russia and the Syrian government?
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What evidence is there that the Assad regime was responsible for the chemical weapon attack in April 2017?

What intelligence / information has been released so far that support the hypothesis that the chemical attack was conducted by the Syrian government? Isn't it a very complex scenario with many rebel ...
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What is Putin's stance on United States invading Syria and overthrowing the Assad regime? [duplicate]

Rex Tillerson said that steps are underway to remove the Assad regime. The United States has also accused Assad of using chemical weapons, yet provided no clear evidence or documentations other than ...