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To Work In Douma, Men Must Join Militants Of Jaish Al-Islam

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.28.2017 | Home

After enduring four years of government-imposed siege and living under the increasingly authoritarian rule of the armed opposition, residents of the D...

Four Million In Damascus Without Safe Drinking Water After Springs Targeted

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 12.29.2016 | Home

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Four million people in Damascus have been without safe drinking water supplies for more than a week after springs outside the Syria...

The Syrian Opposition and the 'realism' of the US-Russian Deal

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.18.2016 | Home
Raghida Dergham

The Syrian ceasefire deal concluded by the US and Russia will be present at the UN General Assembly summit attended by world leaders next week. Aleppo...

Syria's 'Surrogates R Us'

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

One day a surrogate force is on one side, the next day, on the other - depending on the highest bidder and the gravest threat to their proxy hosts.

Deal Agreed To End Long Siege Of Damascus Suburb, Rebel Leader, Locals Say

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.25.2016 | Home

AMMAN, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Rebels and Syria’s army agreed to a deal on Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from the besieged Damascus s...

Celebrations In Damascus After Turkish Army Says Takes Power

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 07.15.2016 | Home

BEIRUT, July 16 (Reuters) - Hundreds of cheering people took to the streets of Damascus early on Saturday and celebratory gunfire erupted after Turkey...

UN: Aid Reaches Desperate Syrian Towns Under Blockade Near Damascus

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 06.29.2016 | Home

Trucks carrying medical and food aid entered two blockaded towns near Damascus on Wednesday, meaning that humanitarian agencies have now reached all b...

How Erdogan Rewrote History of the Great Arab Revolt

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.24.2016 | Home
Sami Moubayed

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the self-proclaimed "Great" Arab Revolt of 1916, launched against Ottoman rule from the Arabian Desert by Sharif Hussein, emir of Mecca. Thanks to a systematic decade-long campaign orchestrated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the event will pass almost unnoticed in most Arab cities and media outlets.

Hammams of Old Damascus: Back from the Dead

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.13.2016 | Home
Sami Moubayed

The fabled Turkish baths of Damascus, or hammams, have been the subject of literature and film for decades. Not too long ago, they were a prime touris...

ISIS Bombers Launch Deadly Attack Near Top Shia Shrine In Damascus

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.11.2016 | Home

AMMAN, June 11 (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide and car bomb blasts that struck a Damascus suburb on Saturday near Syria's...

How to Be a Good Loser: A Guide to Being a Refugee

Dragana Kaurin | Posted 05.21.2016 | Home
Dragana Kaurin

It's generally not war that refugees choose to remember, but the people who help you. My mother's colleague who snuck us out of Serbia, French volunteers who took refugee kids camping, and those who came to welcome us at the airport when we were resettled in Ohio; those are the people I think of daily. I hope Basel finds such people on his path too.

Red Cross Aid Reaches Besieged Damascus Suburb For First Time In Four Years

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 05.18.2016 | Home

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Aid from the Red Cross and Syrian Red Crescent entered the besieged Damascus suburb of Harasta for the first time in four years on ...

Syrian Hoops Star Flees War, With Eyes on NBA

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 04.29.2016 | Home
Tara Kangarlou

When the Syrian civil war broke in 2011, he was playing professional basketball in South America -- little did he know that only a year after his return back home to Syria in 2013, he'd be fleeing his war-torn country to North America.

New Damascus Housing Law Forces Displaced Syrians To Turn To Bribery

Syria Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.26.2016 | Home

Damascus is facing a housing crisis as displaced Syrians stream into the capital. New government-imposed security regulations targeting the new arriva...

Refugees in Turkey Must Be Allowed to Find Their Own Solutions

Skoll Foundation | Posted 04.13.2016 | Home
Skoll Foundation

by Adam Lent, Director for Research and Innovation, Ashoka Europe Syrian refugees in northern Iraq. Photo: European Commission. Fadwa, Mahmoud, and...

Five Reasons to Still Live and Love the Middle East

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.04.2016 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

A still from "Live, Love, Refugee" a photography exhibit by Omar Imam I'll admit I'm treading a narrow path between love and hate for the Middle East...

Death Toll From East Damascus Air Strikes Rises To More Than 30

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.01.2016 | Home

BEIRUT, April 1 (Reuters) - The death toll from air strikes in the Deir al-Asafir district southeast of Damascus has risen to more than 30, mostly wom...

After She Swam For Her Life To Greece, Syrian Refugee Now Olympic Hopeful

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.28.2016 | Home

This Syrian refugee was swimming for her life a few months ago. But now she's using her skills in hopes of making a splash on the Olympic scene. Yusr...

Escaping Syria: The Dangerous Journey From Damascus To Turkey

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.24.2016 | Home

The dangerous sea and land crossings that Syrian refugees are making to Europe have been well-documented, but less well known are the equally perilous...

Review: Cleopatra's Wedding Present, Travels Through Syria

Austin Blake Mullins | Posted 03.17.2016 | Home
Austin Blake Mullins

Around twenty years ago, a young English journalist by the name of Robert Tewdwr Moss packed his bags and headed to Syria. Much like his colonial forbearers of the previous century, Moss was drawn explicably to the romantic, even Orientalist ideals of this most Arab of nations.

American Expat Thinks U.S. Gun Violence Is So Bad He Feels Safer In Syria

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.17.2016 | Home

The last American known to be living in Damascus says he feels safer in Syria's capital than in the U.S. because of American gun violence. Thomas Web...

How One Woman Refuses To Give Up On The Syrian Uprising

Syria Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 02.26.2016 | Home

Despite five years of war, several stints in government detention centers and a near-constant fear of being "disappeared," one woman in Damascus has n...

When Will Our Nuclear Luck Run Out?

Geoff Wilson | Posted 02.16.2017 | Home
Geoff Wilson

"Whoops" is not a word that you want to hear around the most destructive weapons on earth. Unfortunately it happens more often than you would like to think.

According To Assad, A Ceasefire Doesn't Mean Parties Stop Using Weapons

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.15.2016 | Home

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday any ceasefire did not mean each side had to stop using weapons, and nobody was capa...

'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria Lets Russia Keep Bombing

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.12.2016 | Home

MUNICH, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meantime to...