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Syria Crisis

Syria: One Woman's Story

Mika Brzezinski | Posted 05.15.2015 | 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 05.15.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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.

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.

The Syria I Miss

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.14.2015 | 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.

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 02.21.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.16.2015 | 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 02.15.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | Media
Janne Riikonen

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

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 01.30.2015 | 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...

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

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | 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...