Civil war is unlikely in Lebanon as it’s different from the ‘Arab Spring’ countries, says Joshua Landis, from the University of Oklahoma. The government is dysfunctional, but power is divided between three religions understanding they can’t rule alone, he said.
The US-led coalition is reportedly preparing to deploy a second group of Syrian rebels it trained to fight against the terrorist group Islamic State. The first one humiliatingly refused to fight Islamist group Al-Nusra Front shortly after deployment.
In September, the UN General Assembly session open marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Organization. The principles that have been put into the UN Charter are as important today as never before.
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has lost more than 7,000 fighters and leaders, which has “reduced the organization’s overall effectiveness,” according to the head of Australia’s Defense Force. However, with sympathizers still flocking to join the terror group, Islamic State is not facing an imminent recruitment crisis.
For the first time countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar are beginning to realize that in the long run ISIS is a threat to them, not just a threat to the regime in Syria or the Houthis, says Dr. Conn Hallinan, contributing editor at the think-tank Foreign Policy in Focus.
The UN has warned that a Syrian forces’ airstrike in the Damascus suburb of Douma which killed over 100 people on Sunday may amount to a war crime. Meanwhile, the Syrian government slammed criticism from the UN envoy, accusing him of “abandoning impartiality.”