German Intelligence: 90 Al-Qaeda Attacks in Syria in Last Six Months

Posted by John Rosenthal

German intelligence estimates that “around 90” terror attacks, which “can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups,” were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July. As reported by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, this was revealed by the German government in a response to [...]

General Mood: “Two Versions” of the Houla Massacre

Posted by John Rosenthal

A report from Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), which attributes the Houla massacre to anti-Assad rebel forces, has given rise to controversy. Critics have accused the FAZ and other sources, which have likewise reported this alternative version, of disseminating regime “propaganda.” If, however, the alternative version is indeed regime propaganda, then it would appear that the UN [...]

The Houla Massacre Redux

Posted by John Rosenthal

In a post on National Review Online, Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi and Phillip Smyth maintain that claims that Syrian rebels were responsible for the Houla massacre are the stuff of “outlandish conspiracy websites.” But a closer look at their argumentation reveals that they are the ones that have to resort to conspiracy theorizing. See my reply at [...]

Report: Syrian Rebels Responsible for Houla Massacre

Posted by John Rosenthal

It was, in the words of U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, the “tipping point” in the Syria conflict: a savage massacre of over 90 people, predominantly women and children, for which the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad was immediately blamed by virtually the entirety of the Western media. Within days of the first reports of [...]