Middle East Security Project
July 20, 2012-July 27, 2012-Al-Qaeda Leader Claims Credit for Deadly Attacks, Maliki, Mutlaq Attempt to Renew Cooperation, IHEC Mandate Unlikely To Be Extended
The Syrian port of Tartus is the only naval base outside of the former Soviet Union still held by the Russian military, and the Russian government has asserted its strategic significance.
While the Assad regime focuses its efforts on Syrian cities, border regions, and the coastal provinces, rebel groups in Jebel al-Zawiyah have built command-and-control structures and strengthened their offensive capabilities.
July 16, 2012-July 20, 2012-Rebels Take Over Syrian Border Checkpoints, Obama Responds To Maliki’s Inquiry On Exxon