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Bashar Assad Running Out of Syrians, Requests Volunteers From Other Countries to Slaughter

Spencer Green | Posted 05.22.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Syrian President Bashar al Assad has made a desperate plea seeking people from countries around the globe who will voluntarily come to Syria to be killed.

Assad: Troops Will Wipe Out 'Forces Of Darkness'

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 05.22.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed Friday to avenge the death of a senior pro-government cleric who was killed along with dozens of pe...

Syria Accuses Rebels Of Firing Chemical Weapon

AP | ALBERT AJI and BEN HUBBARD | Posted 05.19.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's government and rebels traded accusations Tuesday of a chemical attack on a northern village for the first time in the ...

A Hero and a Villain: The Arab World's Infatuation With Hugo Chavez

Ali Younes | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Ali Younes

When the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez passed away last week, the public in the Arab world felt as if they lost one of their own. Chavez who r...

The Assad Regime -- From Orwell to Conrad

James Denselow | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
James Denselow

Two years into the conflict in Syria and the mask has slipped revealing that Assad is willing to enter the heart of darkness and take down the state along with his regime.

WATCH: American Activists In Syria: Dodging Bullets And Providing Aid

Posted 02.22.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

As the Arab Spring continues to progress and, in some cases, descend into violence, activists around the world have looked for ways to participate. Ma...

Russia on the Line for Syrian Settlement

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 04.24.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

At a time when the prospects for ending Syria's dramatic downward spiral into total war have never seemed bleaker, the Russians -- and United Nations officials -- seem to see a few hopeful signs.

Presidents Day and Purim

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Presidents Day rarely falls in the same week as Purim, and it won't again for almost 40 years (in 2051 -- take my word for it). But these two seemingly disparate holidays have much in common.

Syrian's Hesitant First Step to Deal

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 04.04.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

This week's announced willingness by the chairman of the rebel Syrian National Coalition to negotiate Syria's political transition with officials of the current government was the first hopeful sign that the country's deadly two-year civil war may yet be brought to an end.

Syrian Citizens Are Pressed Between the Regime's Rock and the Rebels' Hard Place

Ali Younes | Posted 04.01.2013 | World
Ali Younes

It is clear that there is no doubt that the regime of Bashaar al Assad is responsible for killing tens of thousands of Syrian citizens and destroying much of the country's infrastructure. But to say that is to say only part of the story.

Report: 65 Found Shot Dead With Hands Bound In Aleppo

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2013 | World

By Alexander Dziadosz and Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Jan 29 (Reuters) - At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in t...

State Department Cable: Chemical Weapons Likely Used In Syria

thecable.foreignpolicy.com | Posted 01.15.2013 | World

A secret State Department cable has concluded that the Syrian military likely used chemical weapons against its own people in a deadly attack last mon...

The Long, Hard Slog That Is Syria

Matthew VanDyke | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Matthew VanDyke

Standing on the front lines in Aleppo you can't just smell the gunpowder, you can smell the depression. It hangs in the air far thicker than smoke, and with far worse effects. The fighters have a hard time seeing through it but they push forward anyway, having no choice.

Key Strategic Trends for the Middle East in 2013

Wadah Khanfar | Posted 03.08.2013 | World
Wadah Khanfar

The United States, the western powers and some Arab states would push for a (moderate ) Syrian regime. That is to say, one that is far-removed from the Islamic movement, not hostile toward Israel and close to the West.

Assad Offers New Plan For Syria In Rare Public Speech

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 03.08.2013 | World

BEIRUT — A defiant Syrian President Bashar Assad rallied a chanting and cheering crowd Sunday to fight the uprising against his authoritarian ru...

The Best and Worst Human Rights Developments of 2012

Freedom House | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Freedom House

As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?

Syrian Gravediggers Have No Time To Wait For The Dead

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2013 | World

By Yara Bayoumy AZAZ, Syria, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Gravediggers at the cemetery in the northern Syrian town of Azaz no longer wait for bo...

Syrian Rebels Make More Gains In North

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 02.24.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels fully captured a northern town near the Turkish border on Tuesday after weeks of heavy fighting and attacked a regime air...

Activists Report Poison Gas Attack In Syria

Reuters | Erika Solomon | Posted 12.26.2012 | World

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Syria special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed solving the country's conflict with President Bashar al-A...

We've Lost Syria

Lara Setrakian | Posted 02.20.2013 | World
Lara Setrakian

Syria has shown the limits of U.S. policy. It's exposed a failure of the global system, the multilateral process we tried to corral. Old diplomacy is too slow for the new Middle East.

Can Turkey's 'Soft' Power Work in Syria?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.03.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Neo-Ottomanism and Kemalism are competing ideologies that have driven Turkey's foreign policy for many years. Neo-Ottomanism is focused on promoting 'soft power'- ensuring Turkey is well-placed diplomatically, politically and economically to take on a larger role in the Middle East and beyond.

A Must Read: Decade of Lost Chances

Sami Moubayed | Posted 02.19.2013 | Books
Sami Moubayed

An avalanche of Syria books are on the market, nearly all written in haste, filled with speculation and predictions of dubious value, and highly commercial in nature. A refreshing exception is Carsten Wieland's book Syria: A Decade of Lost Chances.

Syrian Rebels Fear Chemical Weapons

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 02.18.2013 | World

MAARET MISREEN, Syria — The new Syrian rebel chief said he's been moving between safe houses since taking up command, even changing quarters twi...

Syrian Jets Bomb Palestinian Refugee Camp

Reuters | Posted 02.15.2013 | World

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Syrian fighter jets bombed the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, killing at...

Syrian Islamist Rebels Seize Aleppo Infantry Base

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 02.15.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syria's longtime vice president said Sunday that his regime and the rebels are both going down a losing path after 21 months of civil w...