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Israel Strikes Iran-Supplied Arms Depot In Syria

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 04.27.2017 | World

Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence so...

Will There Be Any Accountability For Syria At The United Nations?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 04.11.2017 | Politics
Evelyn Leopold

(Updates with Putin) UNITED NATIONS – With almost every UN Security Council member calling for an investigation of Syria’s attack in Idlib provinc...

In Divided Syria, U.S. Strike Both Welcomed And Condemned

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.07.2017 | World

BEIRUT, April 7 (Reuters) - Polarized by years of civil war, Syrians were split on Friday over a U.S. strike on a government airbase, with those in re...

The Simmering Pot of Syria Is Boiling

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 03.24.2017 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Six bloody years, and no end end in sight, and in the case of Syria, what may be read as yet another cliche, is simply and so tragically, a very grim ...

Rebel Offensive Brings Fierce Fighting Close To The Heart Of Damascus

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 03.19.2017 | World

BEIRUT/AMMAN, March 19 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels launched a major offensive on Sunday that brought them close to the heart of the Old City of Damascus...

Death Tolls Killed In Damascus Bombings Climbs To 74

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.12.2017 | World

The death toll from a double bomb attack targeting Shi’ites visiting a pilgrimage site in Damascus has climbed to 74, the Syrian Observatory for Hum...

Mom Posts Photos From Travel Ban Countries To Show We’re More Alike Than Different

The Huffington Post | Emily McCombs | Posted 03.09.2017 | Parents

One photographer and mom has been waging a personal protest against President Donald Trump’s travel bans by sharing photos of her children traveling...

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

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.28.2017 | World

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 | World

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 | World
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 | World
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 | World

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 | World

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 | World

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 | World
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 | World
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 | World

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 | Impact
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 | World

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 | World
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 | World

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 04.14.2017 | Impact
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 04.05.2017 | Arts
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 | World

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 | Good News

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...