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Syria Crisis

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.

Kurds and US vs ISIS

Ryan Campbell | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

Allying with Kurdish forces means we can better fight ISIS, as well as empower a Democratic, secular, autonomous region to remain as a front against religious extremism in the area with the same investment.

Paris Prosecutor Identifies Extremist Frenchman In ISIS Video

AP | LORI HINNANT | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — The cold-eyed militants lined up behind their victims in the latest Islamic State video appear to come from outside the Middle East, in...

Frenchman Thought To Be Among Killers In ISIS Beheadings

Reuters | LORI HINNANT | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

LONDON/PARIS, Nov 17 (Reuters) - A Frenchman is believed to have appeared in a video of Islamic State jihadists beheading Syrian soldiers and displayi...

UN Says 13.6 Million Displaced By Wars In Iraq And Syria

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

GENEVA, Nov 11 (Reuters) - About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, ma...

The World, Not Just America, Must Stand Up to ISIS

Yassin K. Fawaz | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Yassin K. Fawaz

A few thousand Islamic extremists have shown a greater determination to kill its opponents than the West has in confronting aggressors. The meek policy of not facing down this threat with a global response is inexplicable.

Attack In Syria's Capital Kills 4 Nuclear Scientists

AP | ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that the U.N. envoy's proposal to implement a cease-fire in the embattled northern ...

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.

A Rising Tide: The World's Displaced People

Anika Rahman | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Anika Rahman

Today, there are over 51.2 million forcibly displaced people in the world. These are the highest numbers since World War II.

Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani, Sparks Debate on What Is Politics?

James Dorsey | Posted 10.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The dispute over the nature of Dalkurd's support for Kobani raises the question of what the border line is, if there is one, between humanitarian and political aid to groups in distress as a result of conflict as well as the double standards applied by some Western nations.

Kurds In Kobani Repulse Islamic State Attack On Border Gate

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants tried to seize a border post in the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish frontier ov...

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...

If Republicans Were in Charge, We'd Have a Ground War With ISIS

John A. Tures | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

Pundits believe that Republicans are winning the battle for America's public opinion on foreign policy with some tough talk on ISIS. But what most people may not realize is that the GOP is more likely to commit ground troops, a plan that most folks won't back.

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.

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.

The Path to Healing in the Middle East

Stephen H. Dinan | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Stephen H. Dinan

Relations between nations and cultures have some parallel dynamics. When we feel threatened, dishonored or wronged, our natural tendency is to escalate and worsen situations based on the simple logic of our self-preservationist biology.

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...

Women of Syria Tell The Real Story

Hind Kabawat | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Hind Kabawat

My latest trip to Syria last month was different from all the other trips I have previously made to my country. The previous trips when I visited the refugee camps were joyful, optimistic and hopeful. The refugees continuously reassured me that they had a commitment to building a new and better Syria. This most recent visit was different.

Ethnocentrism, Murder, Ethnic Cleansing, the End of Iraq and Syria as Entities -- Whose Boots on the Ground?

Phil Wolfson, MD | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Phil Wolfson, MD

There is no going back, cobbling together an Iraq, rescuing the boundaries of Syria. They are no more. The Middle East will be carved up again. The U.S. intervention made this probable. The Syrian holocaust made it a certainty.

Over 2,000 Syrian Kurds Flee Kobani as Islamic State Advances, Kurdish Official Says

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 6 (Reuters) - More than 2,000 Syrian Kurds including women and children are being evacuated from border town of Kobani afte...

Kurds Clash With ISIS In Fierce Fighting Over Syrian Border Town

Reuters | By RYAN LUCAS and LEFTERIS PITARAKIS | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

By Daren Butler MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Street fighting raged between Kurdish defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced int...

How to Fight ISIS, "A Pre-Packaged Franchise of Hate"

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

I consider this ideology to be the greatest danger that the world will face in the next decade. Its seeds are growing in Europe, the United States, Asia, and elsewhere. With its twisted religious overtones, this pre-packaged franchise of hate is available for any terrorist group to adopt. It carries the power to mobilize thousands of desperate, vindictive, or angry young people and use them to strike at the foundations of civilization.

The International Criminal Court Must Take on ISIS Crimes Against Children

Gordon Brown | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

Now it is for all concerned with children's rights to rise up and insist that the torture, rape and militarization of children be placed at the center of our demands for an International Criminal Court investigation that will aim for the prosecution of the guilty.

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.