Starving the Rebellion: Syria’s Brutal Tactics

Abu Ibrahim, a stocky, bespectacled Syrian from the besieged southern city of Dara’a, bounded into the general store on the Jordan-Syria border in his white plastic sandals, grasping his daughter Noor’s hand as the 6-year-old struggled to keep up. He’d left Dara’a, the center of a two-month-old antigovernment uprising, just a few hours earlier and was desperate to get back before the end of Friday midday prayers — and the start of the weekly nationwide protests that have always followed.