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Syria Civil War

Walls Closing In On Assad As Rebels Seize Key Town

AP | By SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 04.25.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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...

How Will Syria's Assad Be Held Accountable For Crimes Against Humanity?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.31.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with David Crane, a Syracuse Uni...

Syrian Surgeon, Supported By Doctors Without Borders, Performs His First C-Section While Under Siege

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact

As shelling pierced the air outside, a recent medical school graduate continued to carefully examine a pregnant Syrian women who was about to go into ...

Syria's Assad Dismisses John Kerry's Remarks On Negotiations

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2015 | World

BEIRUT, March 16 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed on Monday remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Assad shou...

Small-Scale Syrian Aid Groups Reach Areas Major Organization's Can't

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact

By Magdalena Mis LONDON, March 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Local groups outside the formal aid sector, many formed "around the k...

Sophia Jones

All It Takes To Cross From Turkey To ISIS-Held Syria Is $25

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 02.27.2015 | World

KARKEMISH, Turkey -- If the three Brooklyn men arrested Wednesday on charges of aiding and plotting to join the Islamic State had boarded flights to T...

The Middle East Conflict: 1,001 Alliances

Claude Salhani | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
Claude Salhani

Washington continues to disagree with its regional allies on how to proceed in Syria. Although Washington is leading the campaign against ISIS, it does not seem fully committed to the task.

Syria's Bashar Al-Assad Meets With French Lawmakers

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2015 | World

(Adds opposition member released) DAMASCUS, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met on Wednesday with French parliamen...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Why Turkey Finally Made A Move Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey made its boldest move yet against the Islamic State over the weekend. It wasn't to help the U.S.-led air campaign against the...

Our Fight Against ISIS

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Chaker Khazaal

The solution to end this insane violence is not to circulate gruesome imagery of beheadings and violence. We must return to the human element that all these brave journalists so passionately tried to shed light on.

Life for Refugees in Lebanon Becoming Increasingly Harsh

Caroline Gluck | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Caroline Gluck

Some families were in self-constructed shelters, using plastic sheets and pieces of wood. Many of their shelters had let in snow and water -- bringing misery to their inhabitants trying to stay warm. Aid agencies politely call the living conditions of these people "substandard." In truth, they are squalid and often unfit for human habitation.

WHO: Syria Had Only 1 Recorded Polio Case Last Year

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

BEIRUT, Jan 28 (Reuters) - The proportion of infants immunized against polio in Syria is close to pre-war levels thanks to a vaccination drive trigg...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Springtime For Assad: Syria Dictator In Spotlight As Potential U.S. Ally Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Syrian President Bashar Assad, unpopular at home, suddenly appears to have many fans in the U.S. Assad, who has killed thousands in h...

UK Search for Jihadi John Spotlights Recruitment Role of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Kingdom's search for Jihadi John, the masked, British-accented fighter who appears in videos and beheading of foreigners condemned to death by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, has highlighted the significance for militants of soccer as a recruitment and bonding tool.

Conflicting Views of Islam Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men's match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men.

Syrian Rebels And Government Reach Truce In Besieged Area

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 03.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and government forces began observing a 10-day truce on Thursday in the last rebel-held area of the central city of Homs...

ISIS Beheads Militiaman As Opposition Attacks Against The Group Mount

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2015 | World

AMMAN, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Islamic State has executed a Syrian it accused of belonging to a militant cell that ambushed its fighters and blew up its ...

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Danny Postel | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Danny Postel

Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.

WHO: One Million People Wounded In Syria

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2015 | World

By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Dec 19 (Reuters) - One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading a...