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UN: Exponential Rise In War Crimes In Syria

AP | Posted 02.20.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. investigators said Friday they are considering publishing their secret list of alleged war criminals in Syria to press fo...

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 02.13.2015 | 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...

The Battle for Southern Syria Has Been Joined and a Regional Conflict May Just Be the Main Event

Nicholas Noe | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Nicholas Noe

One shouldn't be surprised, looking back in a few months, to find further death and destruction in the region as a result of our collective inability to prevent yet one more aspect of the conflict in Syria from bursting forth.

United Arab Emirates Launches Airstrikes From Jordan Against ISIS

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 02.11.2015 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — United Arab Emirates fighter planes roared out of an air base in Jordan on Tuesday to pound Islamic State militan...

Our Fight Against ISIS

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 02.03.2015 | 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.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

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 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."

WHO: One Million People Wounded In Syria

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2015 | 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 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.

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 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.

Around 180 Soldiers And Jihadis Killed In Battle For Syrian Base

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2015 | 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...