A sectarian shadow hangs over latest reported mass killing in Syria’s civil war.
Juan Cole discusses why the Obama administration doesn’t want to intervene in Syria. Relatedly, just how difficult it is to target chemical weapons stockpiles.
Lionel Beehner on arming the Syrian opposition: “The notion that somehow arming Syria’s opposition means a long and protracted war is misguided and driven by a realist-inspired desire to stay on the sidelines and never intervene anywhere.”
Daniel Byman and Natan Sachs discuss Israel’s gamble in Syria.
Iran warns Syrian rebels after report of shrine desecration: “It was impossible to independently verify the report, which appeared on a Facebook page…”
The International Crisis Group’s new briefing on Syrian spillover risks for Turkey.
The Royal United Services Institute has published a new briefing on Iran and the effectiveness of red lines.
The new US Defense Department report on military and security developments regarding North Korea.