A country lying south of Turkey and west of Iraq, Syria has historically been a region of unrest. Syria was part of the Arab Spring, the movement in which Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen saw rulers overthrown. President Bashar al-Assad has been in power since 2000, and his family has controlled Syria since 1971.
What began as a widespread protest in March of 2011 became a full-fledged civil war. Syrian rebels are attempting to oust Assad and his Ba'ath Party which has ruled for almost fifty years. The rebels are disorganized have no clear military structure, but have so far managed to stay operational. As the conflict progresses, the weekly death toll has gone from under one hundred to nearly one thousand.
At the beginning of Syria's civil war, president Obama called for an end to the violence and called on both rebel and government forces to lay down arms. A peace treaty was attempted in April of 2012, but due to infractions on both sides, the arrangement failed. The Obama Administration has resisted calls to intervene militarily, but the U.S. is now materially assisting the rebels and there are media reports that the U.S. and some its European allies are secretly providing the insurgents with training.
| May 22, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The commanding officer of Fort Jackson, the Army's largest basic training base, has been suspended after allegations of misconduct, according to the Army. Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts is accused of adultery and being involved in a physical altercation, Harvey Perritt, the spokesman for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Comman... more
Associated Press | May 22, 2013
AMMAN, Jordan - The United States and its Arab and European allies will step up their support for Syria's opposition to help them "fight for the freedom of their country" if President Bashar Assad's regime doesn't engage in peace talks in good faith, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Wednesday. Kerry allowed that President Barack Obama w... more
American Forces Press Service | May 22, 2013
SONSONATE, El Salvador – Before coming to exercise Beyond the Horizon El Salvador 2013 here, soldiers might have expected to eat only a steady diet of packaged rations for the two-week duration. But fortunately for them, Joint Task Force Jaguar is equipped with Army-trained cooks and a mobile kitchen trailer.Army Sgt. 1st Class Edward George Hag... more
| May 22, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Nearly two decades after he left the Army to pursue private medical practice, Dr. Clark Cobb is ready to get back in uniform. “There are parts of it that I missed,” said Cobb, a Family Practice physician. “I miss the structure, discipline and camaraderie of uniformed service.” Now, at age 55, Cobb recently commissioned as a lie... more
Army.mil/News | May 21, 2013
WIESBADEN, Germany - One of the best memories Spc. Veronica Pruhs has of Military Working Dog Linda is the day they were on patrol and Linda trotted over to a car so she could get a better smell through a window that was open a crack. Linda indicated there were drugs inside the car, and she was correct. Military Police officers found two gra... more