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Kurdish Fighters Close In On ISIS Stronghold In Syria

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.23.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Kurdish fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tue...

Kurds Make Important Win Against ISIS

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, June 22 (Reuters) - Kurdish-led forces said on Monday that they had captured a military base from Islamic State in Syria's Raq...

Kurds Capture Key ISIS-Held Border Town In Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — For more than a year, the Syrian town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border provided a lifeline for the Islamic State group, allowing it ...

Video Appears To Show ISIS Torturing Young Boy

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 06.02.2015 | World

Ahmed was 14 when militants of the Islamic State group captured him in his hometown of Raqqa, Syria, hung him from the ceiling by his arms and started...

A Field Guide to Jordan's Battle Against ISIS

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Jordan's boundless generosity has provided a safe haven for the human tide of refugees that have been thrust upon it from war-ravaged Syria and Iraq.

Airstrikes In Syria Have Reportedly Killed 865 People, Including 50 Civilians

Reuters | Posted 01.11.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces in Syria have killed 865 people, including 50 civilians, since the start of the campaign i...

The Islamic State: A Break with History

OpedSpace | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
OpedSpace

There is nothing "Islamic" about the Islamic State (IS), and I don't mean that in the patronizing tone used too often by politicians and quasi-intellectuals who are toeing a line of political correctness or trying to garner favor with Middle Eastern moderates.

Kobani Cabal -- When It Comes to ISIS, All Politics Are 'Glocal'

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

ISIS is a bipartisan cause. This president needs and deserves help. Before the congressional mid-terms, time to bring in seasoned, mature reinforcements to help President Obama do the job he pledged the American people he would do without U.S. boots on the ground: destroy and defeat ISIS.

Yes, Somebody's Boots on the Ground Will Be Needed

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As the president outlined on September 10, an instrumental component of the anti-ISIL counterterrorism policy is the train-and-advisery mission that the U.S. and its Arab partners will set up in Saudi Arabia for the moderate Syrians.

Woman Secretly Films Life Under ISIS In Syria

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

A young woman appears to have risked her life to secretly film life in the Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa, Syria, according to French televisi...

Why A Mother Took Her Toddler To Live Under ISIS

AP | BERZA SIMSEK and RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — Asiya Ummi Abdullah doesn't share the view that the Islamic State group rules over a terrorist dystopia and she isn't scared by the ...

Exodus Out Of Raqqa

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Hundreds of residents fled Syria's northern city of Raqqa after U.S. warplanes struck positions held ...

U.S. Informed Syria Of Impending Airstrikes

AP | ALBERT AJI and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his...

Syria and the Ukraine -- A Contrast?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Russia now owns Crimea and rebel forces in eastern Ukraine are trying to take over that part of Ukraine. This is all being done without any help from Vladimir Putin. If anyone has any doubts about that they were put to bed by a spokesman for the foreign ministry, Alexander Lukashevich.

Activists: Syrian Warplanes Bomb ISIS Training Camp

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes bombed a bakery run by Islamic State in the city of Raqqa, killing 25 people, in air raids...

How ISIS Is Filling A Government Vacuum In Syria With An 'Islamic State'

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Sept 4 (Reuters) - In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ul...

A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.

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...

Joshua Hersh

Regrouped Syrian Rebels Fight Back Against Hardline Islamist Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- A hardline Syrian militant group with ties to al Qaeda has steadily lost ground in northern Syria against a recent surge of rebranded rebels...

HORROR: 16 Reportedly Killed In Air Strike On Syrian School

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 29 (Reuters) - At least 16 people, most of them students, were killed in an air strike that hit a secondary school in the rebel-held Sy...

Syria: Visit Reveals Torture Chambers

Human Rights Watch | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Human Rights Watch

(New York) – Government security branches in Raqqa city hold documents and potential physical evidence indicating that detainees were arbitraril...

Syrian Regime Bombs Rebel-Held City, Activists Say

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 05.10.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Since rebels seized the capital of Raqqa province in northern Syria from the government last week, they have posted guards at state bui...

WATCH: Syrians Tear Down Statue Of Assad's Father

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 05.05.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian jets bombed opposition-held buildings Tuesday in the strategic northern city of Raqqa, a day after rebels overran the onetime re...

WATCH: Syria Rebels Capture Raqqa, Topple Assad Statue

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 05.04.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels pushed government troops from most of the northern city of Raqqa Monday, and then scores of cheering protesters tore up a post...