Syria’s tangled proxy wars

Who is fighting whom and why in Syria.

Source: Syria’s tangled proxy wars: a simple visual guide – Vox

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The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/14/world/middleeast/us-casualties-of-iraq-chemical-weapons.html

The NY Times is claiming that we found chemical weapons in Iraq, but there was a problem: they were ours.

In five of six incidents in which troops were wounded by chemical agents, the munitions appeared to have been designed in the United States, manufactured in Europe and filled in chemical agent production lines built in Iraq by Western companies.

What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria

Putin has an op ed in the NY Times.  Besides the following quote, he also calls into question the idea of American exceptionalism.

No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.

via What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria – NYTimes.com.