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Syria Violence

Death Toll From Syrian Civil War Soars

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The f...

Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

Patrick Cockburn | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Patrick Cockburn

The U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in Iraq from Syria and vice versa. So far, Washington has been successful in escaping blame for the rise of ISIS by putting all the blame on the Iraqi government. In fact, it has created a situation in which ISIS can survive and may well flourish.

Assaults On Aid Workers Have Spiked 66 Percent Since 2012: Survey

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

A survey released on the eve of World Humanitarian Day shows a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on civilian aid workers around the globe. ...

REPORT: Anti-Aircraft Weapons In Syria Could Threaten Commercial Aviation

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 08.19.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial a...

Syrian Airstrikes Target Islamic State Militants

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting ...

Syria Has Become a Humanitarian Catastrophe of Epic Proportions

Nigel Pont | Posted 08.14.2014 | Impact
Nigel Pont

A political solution is needed to bring an end to the fighting, but in the meantime, we can and must do more to help the region withstand the far-reaching effects of the conflict -- and we must do it better, faster and smarter.

Share This Video Of Syrian Kids' Gorgeous Color 'Bombs' And Help Them Get A Soccer Field

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact

According to Matthew Butler, Jenny Ljung and Joel Robbins, a splash of color can make all the difference to a child. And judging by the smiles on thes...

Hillary Clinton Plans 'Hugging It Out' At Party With Obama

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) — In yet another twist in their complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack...

Islamic Militants Seize 2 Syrian Towns

AP | By ZEINA KARAM | Posted 08.13.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out...

The Difference Between Barack and Hillary

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Thomas Friedman and Jeffrey Goldberg, two well-respected and widely read foreign policy journalists, struck a goldmine over the weekend when the two veterans landed exclusive, one-on-one interviews with America's two most famous politicians.

Islamic State Militants Crush Tribal Uprising In Syria

AP | By BASSEM MROUE | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria after three days of clashes in a string of villag...

Syria's Islamist Rebels Battle Troops In Lebanon

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2014 | World

* Gunmen take police station * Army bombards gunmen in bid "to encircle them" * At least 50 rebels killed in earlier amb...

Sophia Jones

While The World Watched Gaza Crumble, Syria Had One Of Its Bloodiest Weeks Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 08.01.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Open most U.S. newspapers this week, or click on the main page of news sites, and you’ll likely see headlines detailing the violence in ...

Human Rights Watch Says Syria Is Defying The UN By Using Barrel Bombs

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.30.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Counci...

How Syrian Refugee Children Are Trying To Simply Be Kids While Overcoming Hardships Of War

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

Attempting to live a normal childhood in refugee camps, Syrian children aggrieved by hardship, loss and violence are the definition of resilience. ...

U.N. Reaches 'Breakthrough' Resolution In Getting Aid To Syria

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday it has already positioned supplies for the first convoys that will deliver aid from several ...

Congress Can Avoid Iran War By Supporting Negotiations

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

As an Iraq war veteran who served two tours, at the beginning and end, I can tell you that I understand the alternatives. They scare the living hell out of me.

Syrian President Assad Sworn In For Third Term

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 07.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In a lavish ceremony, a smiling and confident President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a third seven-year term on Wednesday, praising h...

Heavy Clashes Between Hezbollah And Syrian Rebels Leave Many Dead

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 07.14.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A Sunni extremist group in Syria took over opposition-held areas of a provincial capital near the border with Iraq on Monday after exp...

In Mideast, Media Caught Between Two Extremes

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 07.03.2014 | Media
Rana F. Sweis

Since the 2011 Arab uprisings, there has been little doubt that enhanced access to information and news contributed to political and social activism, pushing the boundaries of free speech. Today, however, there has been a regression in media growth and censorship shows little signs of receding.

A Lot Of Dangerous Weapons Are About To Be Destroyed

AP | FRANCESCO SPORTELLI and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) — A United States cargo vessel loaded with hundreds of tons of Syria's chemical weapons left an Italian port Wednesday to de...

Frank Underwood, von Clausewitz, Rumsfeld and Yogi Berra

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

This past week, to absolutely no fanfare whatever, the last declared chemical weapons left Syria. (Isn't it interesting how the drums of war earn endless media coverage, but the dove of peace flies unnoticed?)

Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Ban Ki-moon

Dangerous sectarian tensions, massive movements of refugees, daily atrocities and spreading instability make the civil war in Syria a global threat. All the values for which we stand, and all the reasons for which the United Nations exists, are at stake across the devastated landscape that is Syria today.

Diplomacy Is the Only Real Solution to Iraq Crisis

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

As the nation analyzes the roots of the recent meltdown in the Middle East, this much is certain: the Middle East, as we've known it for decades, is on the verge of disintegrating.

Syria Refugee Crisis Hits New Milestone

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2014 | World

ANKARA, June 19 (Reuters) - The number of Syrians who are housed in refugee camps and cities in neighboring Turkey has reached 1.05 million, Turkish...