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UK Search for Jihadi John Spotlights Recruitment Role of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 01.26.2015 | 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 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.

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 01.17.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | World

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

Video Claims To Show Italian Hostages In Syria

Reuters | Posted 01.01.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Jan 1 (Reuters) - A video released late on Wednesday purported to show two Italian women held by militants in Syria, with one of them saying...

Report: Over 1,000 Islamist Militants Killed In U.S.-Led Strikes In Syria

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2014 | World

(Repeats without change to fix format) AMMAN, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Three months of U.S.-led strikes in Syria have so far killed at least...

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."

Kurdish Fighters Push Back ISIS In Syria's Kobani

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 12.20.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-pack...

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-...

Around 180 Soldiers And Jihadis Killed In Battle For Syrian Base

Reuters | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters were killed during a two-day battle in which insurgents took the Wadi a...

ISIS Attacks Last Government Stronghold In Eastern Syria

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 12.04.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants launched an attack overnight on a major military air base in eastern Syria in what looked to be a push to elim...

In Kobani, A Father And Daughter Meet On The Battlefield

AP | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

KOBANI, Syria (AP) — On the front lines of the battle for Kobani, Kurdish female fighters have been playing a major role in helping defend the Syria...

Activists: ISIS Launches Attack On Kobani From Turkey

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 11.30.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey, a Kurdish official and activists ...

Russia Vows Support For Syria's Assad

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

By Denis Dyomkin and Gabriela Baczynska SOCHI, Russia, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it would support Presiden...

Inside The Advocacy Group That Keeps Track Of Syria's War Casualties

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

More than three years into Syria's devastating civil war, information about the harrowing costs of violence in the country is getting harder and harde...

Why The Fight For Kobani Is Hurting ISIS

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 11.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to captur...

Activists: Syria Drops Barrel Bomb On Aleppo Town, 13 Dead

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 11.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian military airstrike killed at least 13 people, including children, and wounded another 20 in the northern Syrian province of A...

Syria Rebels In South Are West's Last Hope

Reuters | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Nov 13 (Reuters) - With moderate rebels facing defeat by al Qaeda in Syria's north, groups holding a co...

Kurds Warn Of New Kobani

Reuters | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

By Jonny Hogg ANKARA, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Western and Arab powers that are have deployed air strikes to prevent the Syrian town of Kobani falling to ...

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 01.06.2015 | 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.

U.S. Says Airstrikes Target 'Khorasan Cell' Of Syria Qaeda Group

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

By Mark Hosenball and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The United States said it conducted air strikes on Wednesday night against the so-...

Activists: U.S. Strikes Hit Syrian Rebels Not Affiliated With ISIS

AP | RYAN LUCAS and DIAA HADID | Posted 01.06.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — American aircraft bombed al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria on Thursday, and activists said another radical rebel group also was hit -...

11 Children Killed When Mortars Hit Damascus School

Reuters | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) - At least 11 children were killed in Damascus when mortars fell on a school in an eastern district of the Syrian capital, a...