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Springtime For Assad: Syria Dictator In Spotlight As Potential U.S. Ally Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Syrian President Bashar Assad, unpopular at home, suddenly appears to have many fans in the U.S. Assad, who has killed thousands in h...

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.

Muslim American Taxpayer Reaction to SOTU 2015

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

The last two years of "lame duck" actually present an opportunity for executive leadership to truly drive policy change without fear of re-election politics. If caveats are included, here is where Obama may truly leverage his power as someone who has freedom to really pursue an agenda without worrying about spending political capital

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.

The Power of the Feminine Self: Manhood Liberated from Violence Against Women

Payam Akhavan | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Payam Akhavan

Somewhere near Mosul in Iraq, a Yazidi woman is sold into "marriage" at that price. That is, if she is between 20 and 30 years of age. If she is 10 to 20 years of age, the price is higher, at $129 dollars. The highest price of $172 is reserved for girls up to the age of nine.

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...

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...

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.

The Religion of Blood

Satpal Singh | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Satpal Singh

To save humanity from tearing itself apart, we must reject the erroneous premise that some human beings have been created as less than others. We must accept as inviolable and "self-evident" the truths that God is indeed compassionate and all-loving, and that all of us have been created equal.

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."

WHO: One Million People Wounded In Syria

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Dec 19 (Reuters) - One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading a...

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.

UN Seeks $8.4 Billion To Help Syria Refugees

AP | Posted 12.18.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria. The...

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.

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...

My Daughter Was Abducted in Syria, and My Hopes Are Evaporating

Munira al-Hamwi | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Munira al-Hamwi

Days and months have passed while I waited in vain. Every night I go to sleep hoping to wake up to some good news, but so far to no avail.

Coalition Airstrikes Pound ISIS Stronghold In Syria

AP | Posted 01.30.2015 | 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 ...

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.

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...

Airstrikes In Syria Have Reportedly Killed 865 People, Including 50 Civilians

Reuters | Posted 01.11.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces in Syria have killed 865 people, including 50 civilians, since the start of the campaign i...

UN Says 13.6 Million Displaced By Wars In Iraq And Syria

Reuters | Posted 01.11.2015 | 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...