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Assad Blames Turkey For Regime Setback As His Forces Pound Rebel-Held City

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT, April 17 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Turkish support was the main factor that helped insurgents to seize the northwe...

Thousands Trapped In Damascus Camp As ISIS Takes Over

Reuters | Oliver Holmes | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

BEIRUT, April 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State has taken control of 90 percent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilia...

Syrian Rebels Capture Last Regime-Held Border Crossing With Jordan

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 04.02.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — It was a bruising week for Syria's Bashar Assad. The rapid collapse of his forces on two fronts in the north and south brought the opp...

ISIS Storms Besieged Palestinian Refugee Camp In Syrian Capital

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.01.2015 | World

Militants from the Islamic State group stormed a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, witnesses and officials said. The ext...

Activists: ISIS Kills Over 40 People In Syria Village

AP | Posted 04.01.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian opposition activists and state TV say Islamic State fighters have killed over 40 people in an attack on a central Syrian village...

Syria's Al Qaeda Branch Pushes Regime Out Of Major City

AP | Posted 03.28.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweepi...

Syrian Rebels Capture Ancient Town From Regime Forces

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 03.25.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels on Wednesday seized an ancient town near the Jordan border that is a key government stronghold, ousting Syrian soldiers ...

Al Jazeera Covered The Fourth Anniversary Of The Syrian Civil War. No One Read It.

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.24.2015 | Media

It has been four years since civil war first broke out in Syria. In that time, the conflict has claimed over 200,000 lives, forced millions to flee fr...

Activists Say Syrian Forces Attack Town With Chlorine Gas

AP | BASSEM MROUE and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 03.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists and the Western-backed opposition accused the government Tuesday of carrying out a chlorine gas attack against a rebe...

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.

Future Of Syria's Al Qaeda Branch In Question After Military Chief Killed

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

By Tom Perry and Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, March 6 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Syrian branch was left reeling on Friday after its military chief was killed...

Jihadi John: Father Accuses Mohammed Emwazi Of Being A 'Dog' And 'Terrorist'

The Telegraph | Robert Tait | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
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The father of Mohammed Emwazi described his son as a "dog, an animal and a terrorist" and revealed he begged his parents for forgiveness before joinin...

Kurdish Fighters Capture ISIS Stronghold In Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 02.27.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stron...

Syrian Troops, Rebels Battle For Control Of Aleppo

AP | Posted 02.19.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels in Syria have captured 32 soldiers and pro-government gunmen near the northern city of Aleppo, where fighting is raging as the ...

Syria Troops Capture Villages Near Aleppo In Surprise Attack

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 02.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters captured several villages near Aleppo in heavy fighting Tuesday that le...

UN Envoy: Assad Must Be Part Of The Solution For Ending Syria's Crisis

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2015 | World

VIENNA, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The U.N. envoy for Syria said on Friday that President Bashar al-Assad must be part of the solution for easing violence i...

ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller Wanted To Help Stop Syria's Suffering

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.06.2015 | World

Kayla Mueller moved to Turkey in 2012 to help Syrian refugees who had fled the country's brutal civil war. "Syrians are dying by the thousands, and...

Jordan Launches New Airstrikes After Vowing Harsh War On ISIS

AP | KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 04.07.2015 | World

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State training centers and weapons storage sites Thursday, intensifying attacks...

Our Fight Against ISIS

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Chaker Khazaal

The solution to end this insane violence is not to circulate gruesome imagery of beheadings and violence. We must return to the human element that all these brave journalists so passionately tried to shed light on.

UN Alarmed By Pictures Of ISIS Logos On Its Syria Food Aid

Reuters | Posted 04.04.2015 | World

GENEVA/BEIRUT, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has declared itself "extremely concerned" by photographs showing its food...

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.

Dozens Reported Dead In Airstrike On ISIS-Held Village In Syria

AP | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike on a crowded market in a Syrian village controlled by the Islamic State group killed dozens of people on Tuesday, activis...

Kurds Battle Assad's Forces, Opening New Front In Syria's War

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2015 | World

DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY/BEIRUT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Syrian Kurds battled on Saturday with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Kurdish s...

ISIS Closes Schools In Syria, Leaving Thousands Without Education

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2015 | World

* Militants order school closures in three Syrian provinces * Curriculum to conform with "religious rules" (Adds details) ...