Writings by journalist Ben Norton on Syria. Popular topics include the 2011 Syrian civil war, the political orientation of the Syrian opposition, and the influence of al-Qaeda and Salafi jihadist militants in extremist groups like Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam. Ben Norton has also reported on US foreign policy in Syria, CIA arming and training of Syrian rebels, imperialism, the refugee crisis, and how foreign military intervention fueled mass migration. Other articles look at the biased Western corporate media coverage and the little-discussed yet crucial roles of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey in the horrific conflict in Syria.
Aftermath of suicide bombing of buses in Rashidin, near Aleppo, on April 15 (Credit: Syrian rebel media Thiqa Agency)