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Syrian Civil War

Syria's Bashar Assad Blames Journalist Marie Colvin For Her Own Death

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.14.2016 | World

ISTANBUL ― Less than a week after the family of renowned American journalist Marie Colvin sued the Syrian government for her death, Syria’s Bashar...

Obama Shares The Blame For Brexit

Saad Khan | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Saad Khan

The process for the disintegration of the European Union has started. The Brexit has set in motion the chain of events that could ultimately spell doo...

Olivia Wilde Goes Inside One Of Jordan's Largest Refugee Camps

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.21.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


The Slow Death of the Syria Cease-Fire Brings a Hybrid War With Russia Closer

Alastair Crooke | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- All this hawkishness toward Russia, Iran and Syria is most likely about showing Democrat toughness and savvy in contrast to Donald Trump.

Brazil Helps Syrian Refugees Bridge Language Gap

HuffPost Brazil | Sara Elkamel | Posted 06.02.2016 | World

"Ratatat! Pow!" For a few years, these were the only sounds that 12-year-old Hanan Daqqah heard in Idlib, in northeastern Syria. She spent days locked...

To the Right, to the Right, to the Right, to the Right

Zoha Qamar | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Zoha Qamar

Since an overdue focus on the Syrian refugee crisis in global headlines, nations across Europe have experienced a steep rise in the popularity of far-right political parties. With many of the foundational ideals of such parties pointing inwards to directly and solely support especially native born citizens, it is clear that such politicians are rising in favor built off the rallying hate of innocent refugees.

Aleppo and Mosul: A Tale of Two Cities

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Bombed out street in Aleppo As the crow flies Aleppo and Mosul are little more than 300 miles apart. They mark, roughly, the western and eastern edg...

Anger, Fear Sweep Turkish Border Town Under Attack From Islamic State

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 05.16.2016 | World

Turkish shopkeeper Mehmet Baykal knew he had less than 10 seconds to dive under his desk when he heard another rocket being fired from Islamic State-h...

Is al-Qaeda Poised to Declare Its First Emirate in the Middle East?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

On May 7, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda, released an audio recording in which he announced that he had given his permission for the al-Qaeda affiliated Syrian jihadist group, al-Nusra Front, to create "a new emirate" in Syria.

It's a Wide, Wide World

Tom Allon | Posted 05.11.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

Growing up in New York, I had a view of the world similar to the old Steinberg poster: after Broadway and Columbus and Central Park came 5th Avenue and then came California and then China and Australia in the distant horizon.

Obama's Saudi Problem Overshadows His Gulf Arab and Western European Summits (and the Next Administration)

William Bradley | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Indeed, the Saudis, long touted by some would-be realists as just the sort of implacable autocrats the Middle East needs for long-term stability, have themselves been furiously stirring the pot in recent months and years.

Obama's European Folly

Saad Khan | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Saad Khan

President Barack Obama's recent -- and most probably the last -- visit to Europe was a failure. It could have turned the tide of declining relationship but ended up as a lackluster goodbye toast.

Syrian Rebels Launch Attacks Against Government Forces

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 04.18.2016 | World

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian rebel groups launched a new battle against government forces on Monday and the armed opposition accused the United Na...

Syria: Why the Ceasefire is Unravelling

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.17.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Syrian Army forces advancing on Nubl north of Aleppo, February 26, 2016 Syria: Why the Ceasefire is Unraveling The ceasefire in Syria seems on the ...

Pope Francis Takes Refugees To Vatican After Greece Visit

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.18.2016 | World

LESBOS, Greece April 16 (Reuters) - Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europ...

Can Syrians Live Together Again?

George Batah | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
George Batah

Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, which transcended into a bitter civil war, many questioned the viability and feasibility of Syrians living together under the same government, flag and values again.

Turkey On High Alert As U.S. Warns About 'Credible Threats' To Tourists

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.09.2016 | World

ISTANBUL, April 9 (Reuters) - Turkish police carried out a controlled explosion of a bag left in Istanbul's popular Taksim square on Saturday, a Reute...

Looking for Peace in All the Wrong Places: Stabilizing the Middle East

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.09.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Can the Middle East be stabilized and if so what role should the United States and its allies play in doing so?

The Middle East after ISIS

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.03.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

This week we begin a two part series on a post-ISIS Middle East. In Part I we look at "The Middle East after ISIS." Next week, in Part II, we examine whether a post-ISIS Middle East can be stabilized and what role, if any, the U.S. and its allies can play.

Syrian Government Troops Recapture Palmyra Citadel From ISIS

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.28.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian soldiers recaptured the old citadel of Palmyra overlooking the city's ancient ruins on Friday, state media and a monitoring ...

The U.S. Government Finally Admitted ISIS Is Committing Genocide. Yet a Complacent World Risks Repeating the Tragedy of 1994.

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Michael Shammas

Three years ago, as I sat in a cozy coffee shop writing a Huffington Post entry on the Syrian Civil War that remains depressingly relevant today, peop...

Hundreds Of Stranded Syrians Celebrate Nowruz In Greek Refugee Camp

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.21.2016 | World

More than 1,000 miles away from home, refugees were singing, dancing and smiling in a squalid tent city on the Greek-Macedonian border on Sunday, cele...

Why Putin's Policy in Syria Has Laid the Groundwork for a Political Settlement

Fyodor Lukyanov | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
 Fyodor Lukyanov

MOSCOW -- As we know from similar conflicts, parties start to seriously think about negotiations when they realize that no military victory is available. By intervening in October, Moscow showed the opposition that it can't expect to win this war. By partially pulling out forces in March, Russia sends the same signal to the regime: it can't count on Russian military might to win complete military victory.

EU Leaders Approve Deal With Turkey To Curb Migrant Flows

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.18.2016 | World

BRUSSELS, March 18 (Reuters) - European Union leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey on Friday intended to halt illegal migration flows to ...

John Kerry Calls Islamic State's Atrocities Genocide

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has committed genocide against minority Christians and Yazidis as well as Shi'ite Muslims, U.S...