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Russia Vows Support For Syria's Assad

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2014 | World

By Denis Dyomkin and Gabriela Baczynska SOCHI, Russia, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it would support Presiden...

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.

Why The Fight For Kobani Is Hurting ISIS

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 11.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to captur...

Activists: Syria Drops Barrel Bomb On Aleppo Town, 13 Dead

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 11.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian military airstrike killed at least 13 people, including children, and wounded another 20 in the northern Syrian province of A...

Airstrikes In Syria Have Reportedly Killed 865 People, Including 50 Civilians

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces in Syria have killed 865 people, including 50 civilians, since the start of the campaign i...

Northern Ireland Man Faces Terror Charges After Fighting ISIS In Syria

AP | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — A Northern Ireland man who says he fought against the Islamic State group in Syria appeared in court Saturday charged with terrorism o...

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Few issues require as urgent attention as America's ISIS strategy. America's multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. The Obama Administration needs to understand that its train-and-equip program is simply too piecemeal and too slow. To remain viable, moderate Syrian rebels need weapons now.

Activists: U.S. Strikes Hit Syrian Rebels Not Affiliated With ISIS

AP | RYAN LUCAS and DIAA HADID | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — American aircraft bombed al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria on Thursday, and activists said another radical rebel group also was hit -...

Group: ISIS Tortured Kurdish Children Captured In Kobani

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near the northern Syrian town of Kobani, beati...

Peshmerga Fighters Boost Kurds In Battle For Kobani

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 11.01.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepared Saturday to battle Islamic State group militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, j...

This Incredible Interactive Map Explains Who Hates Who In The Middle East

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

Trying to understand the complexities of Middle East politics can seem like an impenetrable task and the tangled and changing relations between govern...

Time to Act for Women and Girls Raped in Conflict

Serra Sippel | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

The U.S. government is the largest bilateral donor of global health, development, and humanitarian assistance. It is unconscionable that the U.S. is failing to use its considerable power to facilitate access to post-rape care for women and girls.

ISIS Is a Cult That Uses Terrorism: A Fresh New Strategy

Steven Hassan | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Steven Hassan

The good news, and I speak here as a former member of a totalistic group, is that the 'cult' word has finally leapt into the conversation about ISIS. But it does so in a way that barely scratches the surface of what makes ISIS a cult; what draws people to it; and how to stop them.

Syria Exhibit at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Annie Sovcik, Esq. | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Annie Sovcik, Esq.

If "Never Again" means that the world will mobilize to stop mass atrocities -- genocide, torture, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity -- then the integration of an exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum showing ongoing crimes in Syria that rise to that level belies our commitment to such a slogan.

Syrian Air Force Carries Out 200 Strikes In 36 Hours

Reuters | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The Syrian air force carried out more than 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours, a group monitoring th...

Soccer and Militant Islam Intersect in Incidents Across the Middle East

James Dorsey | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A successful soccer player near the peak of his career, 22-year Nidhal Selmi died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq.

A New Front in the War on ISIL: Syria's Lost Generation of University Students

Keith David Watenpaugh | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Keith David Watenpaugh

But with the rise of ISIL and the American commitment to destroying it in mind, providing opportunities for university study to Syria's qualified young men is no longer just about higher education, its also about security and preventing the radicalization of a generation.

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.

Celebrities Snap Selfies In Bed For Latest Campaign To Help Syrian Children

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact

Some celebrities want their privacy. Others take pictures of themselves shirtless in the sheets of their bed and want you to see it -- for a good caus...

Kurds Halt Islamic State Militant Advance In Kobani, Say Activists

AP | LEFTERIS PITARAKIS | Posted 10.12.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish fighters have been able to halt the advance of the Islamic State extremist group in the Syrian border town of Kob...

U.S. Airstrikes Try To Halt ISIS Offensive On Syria Border Town

Reuters | Posted 10.04.2014 | World

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Sylvia Westall MURSITPINAR/BEIRUT, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State forces shelled the Syrian border town of...

ISIS Closes In On Syrian Town Despite U.S. Airstrikes

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Alexander Dziadosz SURUC, Turkey/BEIRUT, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament authorized the government on Thursday to or...

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.

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.

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...