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UK Search for Jihadi John Spotlights Recruitment Role of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 01.26.2015 | 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 01.21.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | World

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

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

More than than three years into Syria's brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey.

U.N. Extends Syria Aid For Another Year, As 'Devastating' Circumstances Continue

Associated Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-...

As One of Them -- Carole Alfarah Documents the Attacks on Civilians in Syria

Janne Riikonen | Posted 12.11.2014 | Media
Janne Riikonen

"Today carrying a camera is like carrying a weapon. Who ever might stop you and start interrogating you for taking pictures."

Dreams Above Damascus: A US College Student From Syria Talks Syrian Misconceptions, Conflict, and Legacy

Aisha Subhan | Posted 12.09.2014 | College
Aisha Subhan

Worlds away from home, Amr can only ponder his past in the city of Damascus. He had left to receive his education and to one day become an engineer. Amr hopes to build and create, paralleling his hopes for Syria's future. Surely, someday, Syria will need rebuilding.

Sophia Jones

'If We're Going To Go Hungry Here, We Might As Well Be Hungry In Our Own Homes'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- For millions of Syrians, a simple food voucher distributed by the United Nations' World Food Program is the only thing ensuring they won...

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.27.2015 | 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)

Shermin Kruse | Posted 01.24.2015 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 12.13.2014 | 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 11.30.2014 | 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. ...