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Syria Civil War

The ISIS Wars: Separating Fact from Fiction

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.30.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

My attempt to channel Tom Clancy, with a bit of Mark Steyn thrown in for good measure, (The Second ISIS War (2015-2024): A Historical Perspective) cer...

Viral Photo Of Syrian Refugee Prompts Strangers To Give Him ‘A New Life’

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact

A photograph of a Syrian refugee went viral earlier this week. It was a heartbreaking image of a man cradling his daughter while hawking pens on ...

Turkish Soccer Supports Erdogan's War Against the Kurds

James Dorsey | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities designed to enhance the prospects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party in forthcoming snap elections.

Syria Must Let Food Reach Yarmouk Victims

William Lambers | Posted 08.15.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

We, the international community, must speak out for the people left starving by Syria's civil war. All across Syria, civilians are routinely being blocked from receiving the food needed to survive. The world cannot turn its back on these innocent war victims.

The Only Thing We Know For Sure Is That We Share Tears

Nuri Kino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

My heart is breaking. The cease-fire between the Turkish government and the PKK has been cancelled. My heart is breaking because the country doesn't have a government, because ISIS operates from within the country, and that the tourism industry and thus, Turkey, can be affected financially.

Reckless Diplomacy Disguised as Caution Cost Lives in Srebrenica. And It's Happening Again, This Time in Syria

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.09.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The parallel example for Syria is not Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya -- it's Bosnia. Like the Syrian conflict today, Bosnia saw horrific atrocities, unprecedented numbers of refugees and an exorbitant death toll. Like Syria, the crisis in the Balkans was thought unsolvable and intractable. Bosnia's strongest allies worried that action to protect civilians could escalate the conflict regionally and even globally.

Re-Configuring the Middle East: IS and Changing Demographics

James Dorsey | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Syrian civil war and Iraqi sectarian conflicts involving Islamic State (IS) have had far-reaching consequences for the demographics across the region.

Stand up for the Children of Syria

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

When I think about Syria, I'm overcome with emotion remembering the countless stories of children affected by the country's ongoing conflict. It is truly a tragedy.

Syrian Government's #SummerInSyria Campaign Backfires

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

When Syria’s state news agency SANA started a Twitter campaign asking people to share photographs with the hashtag #SummerInSyria, they were probabl...

Sophia Jones

Biggest Obstacle To Kurdish Victory Over ISIS Might Not Be ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

Fighters with the Kurdish People's Protection Units sit near a checkpoint on the outskirts of the destroyed Syrian town of Kobani on June 20, 2015. ...

10 Facts You Need To Know About Syrian Refugees

www.wfp.org | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact

20 June 2015, World Refugee Day: The World Food Programme (WFP) is committed to the millions of Syrians caught up in a conflict in its fifth year. As ...

Druze Mount Next Flashpoint in Syrian Conflict: Implications for Israel

James Dorsey | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
James Dorsey

As rebel forces advance towards the mountainous Druze stronghold in Idlib province, Israel has to decide whether it should intervene in the Syrian civil war by arming the Druze while Saudi Arabia is faced with the choice between realpolitik and its religious doctrine which views the Druze as heretics.

Sophia Jones

Rare Arabic-Language Bookstore Gives Istanbul's Syrian Refugees A Taste Of Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

Syrian book publishers Samer al Kadri and Gulnar Hajo, who are refugees from Damascus, opened their own Arabic-language bookstore in Istanbul on Friday.

Allies to US: ISIS is Not Our Problem

David Paul | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Seymour Hersh may be making his stories up out of whole cloth, but they ring true. We may think we are leading the fight against ISIS today, but none of our allies seem to be following.

UN Virtual Reality Film Lets Viewers Experience Life As Syrian Refugee

AP | YOUKYUNG LEE | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United Nations is using virtual reality technology to help the public experience what it is like to live in a Syrian r...

Understanding the Islamic State

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Either way, it underscores the fact that Islamic State does not fit into any neat pigeon holes. It may be a proto-nation or even the core of a new proto-empire. It is certainly more than just a militant jihadist movement. It is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon which is still not entirely understood and whose impact on the world is still evolving.

We Should Heed Warning on Syria

William Lambers | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Low funding from the international community has forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce food aid. WFP needs support to feed 4 million Syrians in the war-torn nation, and over 2 million others who have fled to neighboring countries.

Integration Is the Open Secret to Deradicalization

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The rise of violent extremism is only at the early stages, and if the West wants to stem the flow of volunteers to these ruthless groups, Western countries should make a concerted effort to engage and understand the nuances of their Muslim communities, especially the families from which these volunteers are coming.

Walls Closing In On Assad As Rebels Seize Key Town

AP | By SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense ...

Angelina Jolie To Beseech World Leaders To Help Syrian Refugees

AP | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Actress Angelina Jolie is pleading with world powers to help the millions of Syrian refugees, sharply criticizing the U.N. Secu...

Ryan Grim

Saudi Arabia, Turkey Discussing Unlikely Alliance To Oust Syria's Assad

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey and Saudi Arabia, two nations with a long history of rivalry, are in high-level talks with the goal of forming a military allianc...

UN Calls For Safe Passage From Yarmouk Refugee Camp Under ISIS Attack

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

By Firas Makdesi DAMASCUS, April 12 (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. agency responsible for Palestinian refugees called from Damascus...

State Of Syrian Refugee Camp Under ISIS Attack Is 'Beyond Inhumane,' UN Official Says

AP | By BASSEM MROUE | Posted 06.06.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Palestinian fighters clashed with Islamic State militants Monday in a heavily contested Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital ...

U.S. Commits $507 Million For Syrian Aid, Leads Pledges At International Conference

Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors' conference for Syria on Tuesday as the Uni...

Report: Getting 2.8 Million Syrian Kids In School Could Help End Conflict

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact

Syria currently has one of lowest education rates in the world, a consequence of the civil war that could prolong the crisis even further. Accordin...