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Turning Point: Coordinated Operations in the War on ISIS

Janet Ritz | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Janet Ritz

Coordinated military offensives against ISIS have begun in the Middle East. In Iraq, Kurdish Peshmerga, with Special Ops and Coalition support, have begun an attack on an ISIS held city that controls an ISIS supply road.

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

At Least 64 Killed By Syrian, Russian Raids Of Aleppo

Reuters | Benjamin Hart | Posted 10.31.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters) - At least 64 people, including 28 children, have been killed by Syrian army and Russian air raids in the northern province o...

Thanks To Putin, The Battle For Aleppo Is Raging Again

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.23.2015 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's b...

U.S. Pulls Plug On Syria Rebel Training Effort

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and inste...

From Warzone to U.S. Campuses: Stories of Syrian Professors Making Impact

Jim Luce | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

By getting to know Dr. Hasan and his wife, Mitzi has become an outspoken advocate on behalf of refugees fleeing violence in the Mideast and North Africa. The scope of this human crisis is overwhelming, simply unfathomable.

Lousine Shamamian Shakes the Earth at the Fringe Fest 2015

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Atamian

Humor, biography and historical tragedy often make for strange if not incompatible bedfellows, but Lousine Shamamian has managed to unite the three with brilliant gusto at this year's New York Fringe Festival.

Syrian Ramadan at the Edge of War

Hind Kabawat | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Hind Kabawat

Peace is not possible in states with different religions and sects when those tribal identities are used to trigger division. But it is possible when deep bonds are built upon trust, empathy, solidarity, commercial relations and respect.

Aided By Assad's Airstrikes, ISIS Gains Ground Near Aleppo

Posted 06.02.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian militants sent reinforcements to fight the Islamic State group in the northern province of Aleppo, where rival factions battled...

The Young Dictator Problem

John Feffer | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
John Feffer

Bashar al-Assad is not going to age out of office any time soon. He refuses to be ignored. One way or the other, we're going to have to deal with the young dictator.

Anaheim's Little Arabia provides tastes, comforts of home

Mona Shadia | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Mona Shadia

Tucked in the back of an alley lined with various shops, restaurants and stores, Aleppo's Kitchen brings to life the culture and food of one of the Arab world's ancient cities: Aleppo, Syria's oldest and largest.

Can We Bring a Glimmer of Hope to Syrians?

Peter Maurer | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Peter Maurer

Every child born in Syria is touched by the conflict. Medical services are crumbling, the economy is on its knees, and the multitudes of jobless have few savings left to live on. The conflict will not stop tomorrow and we are planning ahead. There will be at least five more years of intense humanitarian activity required.

Sophia Jones

With World's Attention Turned To ISIS, The Syrian Regime Ramps Up Bombings On Civilians | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.14.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- In Syria’s second city of Aleppo, hell hovers in the sky. It often comes with little warning -- just the whooshing of helicopter bla...

Syrian Troops, Rebels Battle For Control Of Aleppo

AP | Posted 04.21.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels in Syria have captured 32 soldiers and pro-government gunmen near the northern city of Aleppo, where fighting is raging as the ...

Syria Troops Capture Villages Near Aleppo In Surprise Attack

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 02.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters captured several villages near Aleppo in heavy fighting Tuesday that le...

The U.N.'s Man in Syria: ISIS Is Like a Political Ebola

Alain Elkann | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

"The first thing we need to do is find a way in which we can 'freeze' the situation in Aleppo. These people have been under siege for two years. The city is very close to collapsing. If we do not do anything and the city collapses, it could fall into the hands of ISIS, which is only 20 kilometers away, and that would be an even bigger tragedy."

Syrian Ambulance Driver Uses His Savings To Feed And Care For 150 Abandoned Cats

Posted 10.01.2014 | Good News

Some people never take time off from giving back to others. Alaa, an ambulance driver in Syria, spends his hours on duty tending to the human victi...

Aleppo Must Not Fall

Pietros Maneos | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Pietros Maneos

'Mankind has had ten-thousand years of experience at fighting and if we must fight, we have no excuse for not fighting well.' -- T.E. Lawrence 'All c...

Syrian Army Lays Siege To Rebels In Aleppo

Associated Press | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops advanced in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, in what appears to be an attempt to lay siege to oppositio...

A Frightening Precedent

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

The current situation in the Middle East is proof that ignoring a wound doesn't make it go away. Over three years of neglect from the international community with regards to Syria has destabilized that nation and its neighbors.

'We Are In Hell' | Posted 06.09.2014 | World

Aleppo is a dusty, pale skeleton of the city I reported from 22 months ago....

Joshua Hersh

British Journalists Freed After Kidnapping In Northern Syria | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.15.2014 | Media

ISTANBUL -- A pair of veteran British journalists were badly wounded after being kidnapped in the wild frontier land of northern Syria, their newspape...

So, Mr. President, You Want a New Syria Policy?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Generating a General Assembly resolution to support humanitarian relief and encouraging states to pursue humanitarian remedies at least isolates Putin and Assad from the will of the world and yields at least broad moral authority to act.

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Hints Of More Aggressive Options On Syria | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

ISTANBUL -- Ever since President Barack Obama expressed "enormous frustration" over the situation in Syria at a press conference last week, a number o...

Joshua Hersh

More Syrians Than Ever Rush To Leave Aleppo | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.10.2014 | World

ONCUPINAR BORDER CROSSING, Turkey -- On Saturday afternoon, a Syrian man who gave his name as Sobhi was standing on the side of the road a few feet in...