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Syria Civil War

Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Ban Ki-moon

Dangerous sectarian tensions, massive movements of refugees, daily atrocities and spreading instability make the civil war in Syria a global threat. All the values for which we stand, and all the reasons for which the United Nations exists, are at stake across the devastated landscape that is Syria today.

Why Obama's Foreign Policy Is So Unpopular (Hint: It's Not His Realism)

Lionel Beehner | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Never before in the history of the United States has there been such a yawning gap between the rhetoric of American power and its application abroad.

The Saudi Paradox: Spreading God and Terror in Iraq

Amir Madani | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Amir Madani

By its furious act of terror and mass murder, the ruthless beheading machine ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) has linked the Iraqi civil war to the Syrian bloodbath with a plan to establish a medieval caliphate in the desert region between the two countries.

World Cup Sparks Islamist Debate on Rectitude of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Ultra-conservative clerics are condemning soccer as a Jewish and Christian tool to undermine Islamic culture as millions of Muslims across the globe t...

ISIS' Military Successes in Iraq

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

What is becoming clearer with each passing day is that the Middle East has to adjust to and counteract a new insurgent entity which some observers already claim is stronger in motivation and manpower than the pre-9/11 al-Qaeda.

Kathleen Miles

Hillary Clinton: Jihadis May Try To Create An Islamist State

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Thursday that a militant group in Syria and Iraq that gained control of key Iraqi cities this week ma...

If America Were Syria, Everyone Who Lives In New York City Would Have Fled

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact

The death toll figures are staggering and the tales of torture are chilling. Still, it remains challenging to fully grasp the enormity of Syria’s ci...

How Hezbollah Is Changing the War in Syria – and Vice Versa

Sahar Atrache | Posted 06.06.2014 | World
Sahar Atrache

Hezbollah's intervention in Syria has achieved significant gains. The result, however, has been that Hezbollah ("party of God" in Arabic), once widely respected by Sunnis in Syria and the region for its military struggle against Israel, is now frequently dubbed the "Party of Satan."

Sophia Jones

Turkey Blacklists Al Qaeda-Linked Syrian Rebel Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- A year and a half after the United States designated the al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra a terrorist organization, Turk...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrians Flood Embassy In Lebanon To Cast Ballots For Assad

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

YARZE, Lebanon -- They partied their way up the 10-kilometer hill toward the Syrian Embassy, waving flags and posters in the oppressive heat. They dod...

U.S. May Decide To Train Syrian Rebels

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely t...

Time to Enforce the Security Council's Syria Resolution

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the human rights community, this could be the start of a more rigorous effort to aid millions of Syrian's trapped in the fighting.

Nearly 2,000 Syrian Children In Lebanon At Risk Of Death Due To Malnutrition

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian refugees in Lebanon lack access to specialized medical care such as dialysis and cancer treatment, forcing some to risk their l...

Max J. Rosenthal

'Somalia Could Help Us As Much As America'

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.15.2014 | World

IRBID, Jordan -- Syrian rebel leaders, fighters and advisers in Jordan warn that a major American-backed effort to support the war against President B...

Will Obama Relent on Syrian Anti-Aircraft Weapons?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ahmed al-Jarba, the president of the Syrian National Coalition, and Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir, the top man of the opposition Supreme Military Council, are currently engaged in the most important foreign delegation of their lives.

The Syrian Opposition Looks to Congress for Help

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

While Bashar al-Assad's military continues to consolidate its position in strategically important areas of central Syria, the Syrian Opposition Coalition is trying to counteract the regime's advances with a campaign of its own -- in Washington.

Syrian Rebels Begin Homs Evacuation

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 07.06.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Carrying their rifles and small bags of belongings, hundreds of exhausted Syrian rebels withdrew Wednesday from their last remaining s...

Willkommen to the Power of Theatre: Life Lessons in Broadway's Cabaret

Faisal Al-Juburi | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Faisal Al-Juburi

Cabaret is fascinatingly structured, mirroring the societal infiltration of Nazism in the 1930s. It is insidious in its nature. As an audience, we are swept up in the decadence, debauchery, passion and lust that is presented.

On the Syrian Border, an Orphanage Provides Hope for the Future

Chris Looney | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Chris Looney

"We are going to turn all this into a garden," says Atassi, waving her hand towards the driveway. Looking out over the barren property, it seems like an impossible task. But as we leave, I notice a single red rose blooming among a small patch of weeds.

Car Bomb Blast Kills 36 In Syrian City

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian government official says a car bomb has exploded in a predominantly Alawite district of the central city of Homs, kil...

MANPADS to Syria Rebels: Good or Bad Idea?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The query for President Obama on this subject is the same as it's always been: whether the benefits of sending MANPADS to Syria's moderate rebel battalions is worth the potential costs.

Syrian Jihadists Employ Soccer as Propaganda and Recruitment Tool

James Dorsey | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Jihadists have found a new way of employing the game for propaganda and recruitment purposes. A recent jihadist video suggested that an apparent Portuguese fighter in Syria was a former French international who had played for British premier league club Arsenal.

Assad and His Friends Brag About Winning

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The Obama administration's entire Syria policy rests on the foundation that Assad's internal calculation needs to change. A willingness by Assad to participate in serious and meaningful negotiations is the objective of this policy. Right now, that foundation is crumbling into dust.

Joshua Hersh

Some Syrian Revolutionaries Have Had Enough Of War

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Mosab Khalaf remembers the exact moment when he became a revolutionary, and the exact moment when he walked away. The first came...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrian Activists Fighting -- And Failing -- To Spark Action

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- When the Syrian civil war began more than three years ago, Mariam Hamou took to Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about the brutality ...