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Syria War

Islamic State Militants Close In On Syria Rebel Stronghold

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 10.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists ca...

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...

Islamic State Militants Crush Tribal Uprising In Syria

AP | By BASSEM MROUE | Posted 10.11.2014 | 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...

Women Stoned To Death In Syria For Adultery

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 08.09.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brou...

Prostitution On The Rise Among Desperate Syrian Women Refugees

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact

TEL EL-HAYAT, Lebanon (AP) — The Syrian refugee woman huddled in the latest room she calls home, a peeling, run-down place outside a north Lebanese ...

Syria's Islamist Rebels Battle Troops In Lebanon

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

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

Tribesmen Rise Up Against Islamic State Militants In Syria

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Tribesmen have risen up against the extremist Islamic State group in eastern Syria, forcing it to withdraw from three villages after he...

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

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

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

Syria Suffers Record Death Toll

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.27.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad prayed at a Damascus mosque at the start of a major Muslim holiday on Monday amid reports of an unpreced...

While Syria Burns

Donna McKay | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Donna McKay

More than three years after peaceful protests were met with deadly force by security forces and the situation devolved into a civil war, the suffering of Syrians across the political spectrum has been prolonged because politics trumped peace and security, impunity prevailed over justice, and a system of international governance and its leadership failed.

Syrian President Assad Sworn In For Third Term

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.15.2014 | 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...

Jihadi Leader Delivers Fiery Speech, Leaves Pink Hello Kitty Notebook In Plain Sight

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.08.2014 | World

A video of a militant leader in Syria released last week raised eyebrows on social media for one bizarre detail -- the fiery jihadist uses a pink ...

UN: Over 145,000 Syrian Refugee Families Headed By Mothers Who Are 'Struggling Alone'

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact

GENEVA (AP) — More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan are headed by women who are the sole caregivers and face ...

Syrian Army Lays Siege To Rebels In Aleppo

Associated Press | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops advanced in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, in what appears to be an attempt to lay siege to oppositio...

Islamic Militants Seize Another Syrian Oil Field

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 09.03.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants seized an eastern Syrian oil field near Iraq and inched closer to the Turkish border on Friday as they try to consol...

Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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.

Thousands Of Iraqi Fighters Abandon Assad For Battles At Home

AP | ZEINA KARAM and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 08.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In a reflection of how intertwined the Syria and Iraq conflicts have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Ba...

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...

Incredible Photos Show The Devastation Of Homs

The Huffington Post | Amanda Golden | Posted 06.17.2014 | World

New York Times Beirut bureau chief Anne Barnard shared a series of powerful images from Homs on her Twitter account this week while reporting from the...

Assad Declares Amnesty For Prisoners

AP | ALBERT AJI and BARBARA SURK | Posted 08.09.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad declared a general amnesty Monday for prisoners in the country, state media reported, less than...

How Hezbollah Is Changing the War in Syria – and Vice Versa

Sahar Atrache | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Sahar Atrache

Hezbollah's intervention in Syria has achieved significant gains. The result, however, has been that Hezbollah ("party of God" in Arabic), once widely respected by Sunnis in Syria and the region for its military struggle against Israel, is now frequently dubbed the "Party of Satan."

First American Suicide Bomber In Syria Identified

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.31.2014 | World

UDPATE 6.12 PM -- Law enforcement officials identified the American bomber as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, the New York Times reports. The newspaper adds...

Reports Of American Suicide Bomber In Syria

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | World

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) - U.S. government agencies were examining social media postings purporting to show how ...

Death Toll In Syria's War Tops 160,000: Activists

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 07.19.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has climbed past 160,000, an activist group said Monday, a harrowing figure that reflect...

Head Of Syrian Air Defense Killed

AP | ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The head of Syria's air defenses was killed in clashes near the capital, Damascus, a government official and activists said S...