It's not wrong to call for the Assad regime to be held accountable, but any prosecution of members of the Syrian government will leave their victims disappointed.
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U.S. May Deploy More Troops to Syria, Iran’s Presidential Campaign Season Begins, and Experts Warn against U.S. Escalation in Yemen
Trump says the fight against the Islamic State could require new deployments, Iran announces candidates running against Rouhani, and the United States could be sinking into the quagmire in Yemen.
The Jerusalem Post published yesterday a lengthy profile of Israel’s Military Advocate-General, Sharon Afek.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI just weakened the leading Islamist opposition party in parliament, which may create new opportunities for more radical rivals.
Erdogan's constitutional referendum may have just set Turkish democracy back 70 years.
Turkey’s Referendum Pushes Country Toward Authoritarianism, Attack Targets Civilians in Syrian Ceasefire Deal, New U.S. Escalation in Yemen Takes Shape
Erdogan finally gets his constitutional reforms, Tillerson can’t convince Russia to give up Assad, and State Department officials are wary of the Pentagon’s plan for Yemen.
If the Trump administration is looking to escalate in Syria, it should consider working with Israel and Jordan in the country's south.