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REPORT: Syrian Rebels Sending Child Soldiers Into Battle

Reuters | Sylvia Westall | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT, June 23 (Reuters) - Militant Islamist groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 15 and sending them into battle after promising th...

Reading Between the Lines: Syria's Shifting Dynamics or More of the Same?

Charles Lister | Posted 05.29.2014 | World
Charles Lister

Syrian opposition forces have won a number of significant military victories in Idlib governorate in recent days. Practically speaking, this string of victories will advance a long-term opposition military strategy aimed at posing an increased threat to the government's control of Idlib city and Hama governorate.

U.S. May Decide To Train Syrian Rebels

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely t...

Obama Administration Nears Decision On Training Syrian Rebels

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, in an open move that would signif...

Max J. Rosenthal

'Somalia Could Help Us As Much As America'

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.15.2014 | World

IRBID, Jordan -- Syrian rebel leaders, fighters and advisers in Jordan warn that a major American-backed effort to support the war against President B...

Will Obama Relent on Syrian Anti-Aircraft Weapons?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ahmed al-Jarba, the president of the Syrian National Coalition, and Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir, the top man of the opposition Supreme Military Council, are currently engaged in the most important foreign delegation of their lives.

The Syrian Opposition Looks to Congress for Help

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

While Bashar al-Assad's military continues to consolidate its position in strategically important areas of central Syria, the Syrian Opposition Coalition is trying to counteract the regime's advances with a campaign of its own -- in Washington.

Hamas and Hezbollah Agree to Disagree on Syria

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Even as Hamas gradually restores its relationship with Iran and Hezbollah, some of its officials still wave the Free Syrian Army (FSA) flag.

I Was Born in Australia, Made in Syria

Ranya Alkadamani | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Ranya Alkadamani

Nothing was more stark to me than seeing 200 refugees coming across the border from Syria into Jordan. As I pulled up in the UNHCR 4WD and saw the line of people carrying all they could -- their blankets, their babies, their lives -- my heart stopped.

Max J. Rosenthal

The Neverending Spring: How Syria's Revolution Became A Stalemate

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- From a safe distance, the latest battle for Raqqa, a provincial capital in northern Syria, might have seemed like a turning point in the war...

Syrian Refugees Plight Goes Beyond Funding

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Whether one was for or against the U.S. strikes supporting NATO strikes on Syria last September, or one believes that the Syria conflict is a civil war rather than a revolution, Syrian refugees remain the consistent symptom of Syria's plight -- however it is described.

Joshua Hersh

The Only Part Of Syria's Rebellion The U.S. Won't Work With Is Quickly Becoming Its Champion

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- The past week of clashes between a segment of Syria's rebellion and a gang of jihadist militants has benefited the only rebel faction there ...

Syria Lurches From Bad to Worse

Allan Topol | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Allan Topol

At this point, we have no ally in Syria with any strength or credibility. The U.S. has a choice of backing the Islamic Front, which it finds repugnant, or it can acquiesce to Assad's continued rule. Another bad choice. The January peace conference in Switzerland will be a farce if it even occurs.

Joshua Hersh

Regrouped Syrian Rebels Fight Back Against Hardline Islamist Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- A hardline Syrian militant group with ties to al Qaeda has steadily lost ground in northern Syria against a recent surge of rebranded rebels...

Joshua Hersh

Syria Has Been Dangerous For Westerners For Months, But Now Syrians Are Being Chased Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- A couple of months ago, Noureddine al-Abdo started feeling increasingly trapped inside his own house. A popular and well-known...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syria Peace Talks Are Finally On, But Here's Why You Shouldn't Get Your Hopes Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 11.27.2013 | World

The major players in the nearly 3-year-old Syrian civil war have agreed to convene a peace conference in Geneva on Jan. 22. But it's still matter of d...

The Source of Assad's Staying Power

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The tragedy that has befallen the Syrian people demonstrates the horror that the lack of American leadership could precipitate. The Obama administration failed to understand the nature of the Assad regime and its predictable conduct.

Joshua Hersh

Syrian Opposition Leader Rejects Geneva Talks, As Peace Plan Falters

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.04.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- A proposed round of Syrian peace talks slated for later this month appears to be on the verge of collapse after both major parties have said...

The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

Al-Sham

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Al-Sham is a tribute to the people of Syria: a letter of love and solidarity. I am preparing for the premiere of this new cello suite with a deep desire of peace for the Syrian people and with the hope that, in a year from now, we will not have another massacre that eclipses the killings of this year.

Good Cop, Bad Cop and the Syria Crisis

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

Since the Syria crisis began, there has been lots of talk from both sides of the political spectrum about how America should not be the "world's polic...

Joshua Hersh

Kerry Admits Extremist Groups Are Syrian Rebels' 'Best Fighters'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.10.2013 | World

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Tuesday afternoon that extremist brigades are among the best fighters in the Syrian rebel forces currently ...

The Evolving Landscape in Syria and Implications for Greater Kurdistan

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The ease with which violence in Iraq and Syria has negatively impacted surrounding countries underscores the declining significance of borders throughout the Levant.

The Morning After a Syrian Strike -- What's Next?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Damascus is eerily calm tonight while Damascenes nervously hunker down for what Washington is billing as a short duration Mediterranean-based cruise missile assault on Syrian military installations. The limited objective: "Punish" Syria for deploying chemical weapons "on a large scale" (Obama's words) against innocent men, women and children AND deter Assad from doing it again. Washington has done just about everything but take out ads in Syrian newspapers: The target is not Assad, nor is the attack directed at shifting any balance of power toward the "secular" Syrian opposition. Although the war drums are beating, the exact timing of the attack, should it come, remains a mystery.

Assad Shown Unharmed After Rebels Report Attack

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2013 | World

AMMAN, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said on Thursday they targeted President Bashar al-Assad's motorcade heading to a Damascus mosque to mark the...