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Syria Civil War

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.27.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

Empowering War Victims: Turkey-Syria Border, Part 2 of 6

Shermin Kruse | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

Empowering refugees of war is no easy task. Every child in this school has seen blood spilled in their streets. That 6-year-old girl in the corner watched as her home was destroyed. The nightmares of that 10-year-old boy offering me his snack will not let him sleep.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

What's Wrong With This Picture? For U.S. Fight Against ISIS, Everything

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic Republic of Iran would like to make one thing clear: We've got this. Up until June 10, Iranian officials had been content...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama UN Ambassador: U.S. Intervention Abroad Can Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Obama administration official on Wednesday defended U.S. intervention in the messy Syrian civil war, affirming that the goals of U...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Syria Strategy In Tatters As U.S.-Backed Rebels Lose To Al Qaeda

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moderate U.S.-backed Syrian rebels seemed weaker than ever on Monday after a weekend of major defeats in the northwestern region of the...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Officials Pin Blame For ISIS On Iraqi Government

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States finally seems to have identified the party responsible for failing to halt the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq: the ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

U.S-Backed Syrian Rebels' Pleas For Help Likely To Go Unanswered

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Islamic State militants inched closer to seizing control of the Kurdish town of Kobani, the international community heaped shame upon...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Ex-Ambassador: CIA Wrong On Not Wanting To Arm Syrian Rebels

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After months of criticism from former advisers and members of the media for not acting sooner to prevent the Islamic State's rise in Syr...

Reshaping the Middle East: UAE Leads the Counter-revolution

James Dorsey | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The counter-revolutionary Gulf strategy has opened a window on potential differences not only between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the one hand and Qatar on the other but also within the conservative counter-revolutionary camp itself.

The Local Women Who Hold Up the Sky in Syria

Pro Journo | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Pro Journo

Gender issues go largely unreported in times of war. As soon as the civil unrest in Syria went violent, women disappeared as subjects in media stories. The Syrian Female Journalist Network wants to change this.

Sophia Jones

Turkey's Refusal To Help Besieged Kurds Fight ISIS Is Backfiring

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Kobani, a Kurdish town in northern Syria just a stone’s throw from the Turkish border, wasn't widely known until recently. But now, wit...

UN: Aid Group's 'Mistake' Caused Children To Die From Tainted Measles Vaccine

AP | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general says the recent deaths of Syrian children after receiving measles vaccinations was ...

War Against Islamic State: Sowing Seeds of More Extremist Groups

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

The US-led international response to the Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria is more extensive and fraught with danger than the war on terror declared by former President George W. Bush in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Sophia Jones

Turks Held By The Islamic State: 'It Was A Fine Line Between Life and Death'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.30.2014 | World

DALAKCI, Turkey -- They waited inside the consulate for days like sitting ducks until the masked invaders of the Islamic State finally came for them. ...

The Rise of the Islamic State: Who Is to Blame?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

What Do America's Arab Partners Against ISIS Really Want?

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.24.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. launched the first airstrikes against the Islamic State and other militants inside Syria, it drew on support from five Arab ...

Hours Before Strikes, Targets Presented No 'Imminent Threat'

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

Hours before the U.S. launched airstrikes and cruise missiles into Syria, a senior administration official had told the Guardian that neither of the t...

Israeli Military Shoots Down Syrian Warplane

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

* Israel signals plane entered its Golan airspace by mistake * Syria civil war spillover has raised alarm in Israel * In...

Three Million Children In Syria Are Not In School

AP | Diaa Hadid | Posted 09.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the civil war raging in their homeland, an international charity ...

The 'Good' Iraq War? 5 Things to Consider Before We March Into Another Mideast Quagmire

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Here are five things to consider as we discuss this latest insertion of US military personnel, money, and weaponry into, potentially, another Mideast quagmire -- this one being pitched as the "good" or "justified" Iraq War.

Obama's American War in Syria Dead Wrong

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

ll in all, Mr. Obama's decision to go to war in Syria is a poorly thought-out one. It would be a disastrous one if he actually chose to proceed with it. Worst of all, like in Iraq, there would be no clear exit strategy.

What We Don't Know About Syrian Rebels Dwarfs What We Do

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Well, we can all relax now. Senator John McCain, who was wrong about Iraq, wrong about the surge in Iraq, wrong about the surge in Afghanistan, wrong about Libya, and wrong about most everything else pertaining to US security, has "vetted" the Syrian rebels he now wants to send arms to.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Reports: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.14.2014 | World

As the United States begins to deepen ties with moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, a key comp...

Fighting the Islamic State: What About the Day After?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Decades of entrenched autocratic mismanagement and abusive rule in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be erased overnight. Similarly, they cannot be reversed by foreign intervention.

Responding to the Islamic State's Foreign Fighters: Retribution or Rehabilitation?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to criminalise British fighters in Iraq and Syria and bar them from returning to Britain has come in for sharp criticism from the former head of counter-terrorism in its intelligence services MI5 and MI6.