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Syria Crisis

UK search for Jihadi John spotlights recruitment role of soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey The United Kingdom's search for Jihadi John, the masked, British-accented fighter who appears in videos and beheading of foreigner...

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 ...

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

Reuters | Posted 01.14.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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.

The Syria I Miss

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

Only by clinging steadfastly to a memory of a happy Syria can I believe that one day those who contributed to both sides of the current war will commit to help the victims of the conflict. Syrian refugees are dying in the cold, and the price of a jacket is far less than the price of a weapon.

Lebanon Imposes New Rules Restricting Syrian Refugees From Entry

AP | DIAA HADID and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon turned back Syrians trying to cross the border Monday under strict new visa regulations, saying it simply cannot handle any mo...

Did Anyone See 2014's Many Crises Coming?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 12.24.2014 | World

This year has been marred by crises across the globe, as protests and conflicts have dominated headlines. Groups that were unknown to many, such as th...

The U.N.'s Man in Syria: ISIS Is Like a Political Ebola

Alain Elkann | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Alain Elkann

"The first thing we need to do is find a way in which we can 'freeze' the situation in Aleppo. These people have been under siege for two years. The city is very close to collapsing. If we do not do anything and the city collapses, it could fall into the hands of ISIS, which is only 20 kilometers away, and that would be an even bigger tragedy."

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-...

Over 230 Bodies Found In Mass Grave In Syria, Says Monitoring Group

Reuters | Posted 12.18.2014 | World

(Adds quote) BEIRUT, Dec 17 (Reuters) - More than 230 bodies of people believed killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a...

Attacks on Schools Threaten Children's Future; States Must Act

Steven Haines | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Steven Haines

When fighters use or attack schools, they deny children their rights to be protected and to be taught in safety. Education is crucial if we are to save a generation of war-affected children.

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."

The UN Says $16.4 Billion Is Needed To Aid The World's Most Vulnerable

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion to pay for global humanitarian needs in 2015, saying it needs that money to help ...

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Near Damascus, Syria Says

AP | ALBERT AJI and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 12.07.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes bombed two areas near Damascus on Sunday, striking near the city's international airport as well as outside...

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...

O' Syrian Children, We Failed You

Zaher Sahloul | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Zaher Sahloul

Forgive us / Your innocent souls are much bigger than our guilty ones / We were not up to the task / We were too small / We failed you / We failed you...

Coalition Airstrikes Pound ISIS Stronghold In Syria

AP | Posted 11.30.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition warplanes carried out as many as 30 airstrikes overnight against Islamic State militants in and around the group's ...

Qatar Said To Run A Covert Training Camp For Syrian Rebels With U.S. Help

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

By Amena Bakr DOHA, Nov 26 (Reuters) - At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with U.S. help t...

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.

Kurds and US vs ISIS

Ryan Campbell | Posted 01.17.2015 | 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 01.17.2015 | 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 01.17.2015 | 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...