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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    World must unite to save Iraq from imploding

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 03:13am by SCMP Editorial

    ... are eager for revenge, and a rebellion that could tear through the region threatens. ISIL's confidence comes from its gains in neighbouring civil-war-torn Syria, where it was backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. Maliki's misrule made breaching the Iraqi border from eastern Syria straightforward for the militants. Jordan and Lebanon, already affected by the Syrian conflict, ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    US does more harm than good with military intervention on foreign soil

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 03:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... capital is an al-Qaeda offshoot which has already made dramatic gains in northern Syria. Similarly, as the US prepares to pull out of Afghanistan, contending its mission against Taliban extremists ... Pakistanis for the Taliban. American aid to rebels fighting Syria's civil war was matched by military backing from Saudi Arabia for al-Qaeda-linked militants and from Iran for Shiite fighters. ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Peace talks should be next step for Syria conflict

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 12:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Peace talks next step for Syria Syria has kept its pledge for chemical weapons disarmament, easily meeting the first major deadline in an accord brokered by Russia ... weapons is important, as is finding the perpetrator of the sarin attack. But these aims must not cloud efforts to bring peace to Syria. The priority has to be striking a political deal between ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    With action on Syria's chemical arsenal under way, peace talks next

    Posted Oct 06th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Now we need peace in Syria Disagreement among the world's powers on how best to respond to Syria's civil war has dragged on for two years, the death toll climbing ... and promised compliance by Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, there is finally agreement where before there had been only bickering. But attaining the target of eliminating as much as 1,000 ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    'People's pope' grows in stature with peace-making efforts in Middle East

    Posted May 28th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and the trip began with a call for stepped-up efforts to end the civil war in Syria. There was more symbolism than peace-making, but given the pontiff's growing global stature, such gestures ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The US does not speak for the world when it comes to Syria

    Posted Sep 05th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial US cannot speak for the world The reason for US President Barack Obama's turnaround on striking Syria without the approval of the American people is unclear. He may ... response, if proven true; international treaties ban chemical weapons. But even though such an incident crosses a "red line" marked by Obama a year ago, Syria poses no threat to the US ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    International action against Syria hinges on inspections

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Action hinges on Syria inspections Syria's civil war has wrought a heavy toll, with more than 100,000 people killed, two million made refugees and a quarter ... Syria is not party to the treaty. But that does not mean the world can stand idly by if an atrocity has taken place. There are limits to how a government can treat its people; the same ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Barack Obama must find the right balance on tour of Asia

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... will be following progress closely, trying to gauge what the American strategic pivot to Asia means following Washington's foreign policy failures in Ukraine and Syria. There will be a temptation ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Cool heads on Crimea can avert a new cold war

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 04:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the focus. The US is likely to push for symbolic troop placements and Nato will try to bring in new members. Existing co-operation on Syria, Iran and Afghanistan is threatened; Russia, isolated, ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Demand for real commitment

    Posted Sep 21st 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Demand for real commitment The world's powers have said much about Syria's civil war, but done little to help end it. Negotiations with president Bashar ... the initiative by suggesting Syria's chemical weapons disarmament. With Assad's government now signing up to international agreements and promising to come clean about its stockpiles, ...




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