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Syria Crisis

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...

Future Being Made Now for Syria's Children

William Lambers | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Syrians need a peace treaty to end the war in their country. They also desperately need food and they need it right away. Every time a donation is made to feed a child, the future that can be built from this generous act.

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...

Heroes and Hope Amid Despair at Zaatari Refugee Camp

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
The GroundTruth Project

A Syrian refugee who lost nearly everything and has lived in this desolate camp for almost three years, Mohammed al Krad offered an unexpected message of resiliency.

As Syria's Civil War Enters Fifth Year, UN Doubles Count Of Besieged To 440,000

AP | Cara Anna | Posted 03.26.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has more than doubled its estimate of Syrians who are living in besieged areas — and risk death by starva...

A Time for Action as Syrian Crisis Enters Its Fifth Year

Loren Hyatt | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Loren Hyatt

As humanitarian needs persist and even grow in Syria and neighboring countries, the rest of the world must not forget about the crisis. This is a time to be bold. This is not a time for inaction. This is not a time to watch a country be destroyed and generations of Syrians scattered and forgotten.

Syrian Army Helicopter Crashes; Crew Captured By Rebels

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2015 | World

AMMAN, March 22 (Reuters) - A Syrian military helicopter crashed in northwestern Syria on Sunday and at least four of its crew were captured by rebe...

Syria's Road to Peace Must End Hunger Too

William Lambers | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

As Syria's tragic civil war enters its fifth year, we can't forget the silent enemy that civilians face daily: hunger. We, the international community, must do everything possible to feed Syria's war victims.

Words Are Not Enough. We Need Action to Show We Are With Innocent Syrians

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Syria has been at war for four years now, with horrific consequences for the 22 million people who live there, or have fled, and causing overwhelming strain on neighboring countries. This conflict is only getting worse.

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...

Syria: One Woman's Story

Mika Brzezinski | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
Mika Brzezinski

I'm sure most of us can't imagine being uprooted from our homes and forced to flee with only the clothes on our backs. But that's what millions of people face each day. As Syria enters its 5th year of conflict, 3.9 million people have fled Syria to neighboring countries.

Four Years of the Syria Crisis and a Tougher Year Ahead

Caroline Gluck | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
Caroline Gluck

The Syrian conflict, which this month enters its fifth year, shows no sign of easing. Since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than eleven million -- half of the population -- have been forced to flee the fighting and are now displaced inside the country.

Almost Four

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
Michel Gabaudan

As long as the fighting continues, refugees will continue to stream out of Syria, and millions will continue to be displaced inside Syria. It's hard to believe the already dire humanitarian crisis could get even worse.

200,000 Names to Be Read Aloud at White House This Week

Kristin Wright | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Kristin Wright

Two years ago this week I was sitting in a refugee hospital along Turkey's border with Syria, listening to a 15-year-old girl describe the day she was shot by a sniper. In the spine. Paralyzed. For the rest of her life.

Islam Not to Be Blamed for the Current ISIS Crisis

Seidu Malik | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion
Seidu Malik

ISIS or any other terror groups have a twisted ideology far removed from the true teachings of any religion they claim to represent. ISIS is seeking political and economic dominion in the affected countries while religion does not.

ISIL: The Second Coming

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Fairouz

The worst way to follow the disastrous foreign policy of George W. Bush's era may be with a disaffected administration that seems to be uninterested in forming a coherent and strong U.S. outlook on the world. This is bad timing as the stakes couldn't be higher.

Syrian Refugee Crisis Strains Jordan's Resources

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

What happens when the smiling young children who greeted us with "hellos" become teenagers who have grown up in the confines of Za'atari? If they see no future, they will become vulnerable to manipulation and radicalization. We have seen it before. We're about to see it again. The world must step up and act now.

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...

Opulent Arabs Stiff Syria's Refugees

Barry Lando | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Barry Lando

One would think that those fabulously blessed royals and sheikhs would be lining up to donate a tiny fraction of their vast treasure to the UNHCR's attempts to mitigate the catastrophe that has overtaken millions of their Sunni Arab brethren. But, one would be wrong.

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 ...

Al Qaeda In Syria Kills Woman Accused Of Adultery, According To Monitor Group

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Syria wing, Nusra Front, shot dead a woman in the northwest of the country after accusing her of adultery, a m...

Winning the Battle, Losing the War

David Wood | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
David Wood

Every few days, the headquarters of the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State militias issues a communique on how the war is going. Monday's report said 27 coalition air attacks on Sunday andMonday struck nine vehicles 12 troop units, 10 fighting positions (foxholes), 10 buildings, an oil refinery, a rocket launcher, three boats and a tank, among other targets. The attacks are framed as progress in the fight against extremism and terrorism, although it's difficult to make that link in the aftermath of the violence in France. What we do know, from 13 years of painful experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, is that one-sided accounts of combat strikes don't necessarily reflect a war that's being won.