While the spaces have been removed from this question, here are two hints. First, the plaintext is an article from The New York Times, published during March of 2016. The second hint is that the first word is "Syrian."
WARNING: This cryptogram contains at least one "fixed point". These are letters of plaintext that encrypt to themselves as ciphertext. (For example, J encrypts as J, or something like that.)
A joint project of Prof. Seth Dutter and Prof. Gregory Bard of the University of Wisconsin---Stout, Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. (October 31, 2013)