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Syria Conflict

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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.

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-...

Why the Syrian Refugee Crisis is the Greatest Humanitarian Disaster of Our Time

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Negar Mojtahedi

Harsh winter weather is fast approaching in the Middle East. If the member states of the United Nations don't do something soon, the world's failure to deal with the catastrophe that is spilling out of Syria's civil war, could soon reach historic proportions.

My Daughter Was Abducted in Syria, and My Hopes Are Evaporating

Munira al-Hamwi | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Munira al-Hamwi

Days and months have passed while I waited in vain. Every night I go to sleep hoping to wake up to some good news, but so far to no avail.

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Near Damascus, Syria Says

AP | ALBERT AJI and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 12.07.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes bombed two areas near Damascus on Sunday, striking near the city's international airport as well as outside...

How Kurdish Fighters Are Defending Kobani From Islamic State

AP | Posted 12.04.2014 | World

KOBANI, Syria (AP) — The men and women of Kobani call one another "heval" — Kurdish for 'comrade' — and fight with revolutionary conviction, vow...

Saving Culture Is Essential for Building Peace

Irina Bokova | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Irina Bokova

I went to Erbil, to stand with the people of Iraq, to defend their unique heritage and diversity and to say that this matters - not just for Iraq's future but for all women and men. We must defend the idea of a shared humanity wherever it is challenged. This is our struggle.

Coalition Airstrikes Pound ISIS Stronghold In Syria

AP | Posted 11.30.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition warplanes carried out as many as 30 airstrikes overnight against Islamic State militants in and around the group's ...

Russia Vows Support For Syria's Assad

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2014 | World

By Denis Dyomkin and Gabriela Baczynska SOCHI, Russia, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it would support Presiden...

Empowering War Victims: Turkey-Syria Border, Part 2 of 6

Shermin Kruse | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

Empowering refugees of war is no easy task. Every child in this school has seen blood spilled in their streets. That 6-year-old girl in the corner watched as her home was destroyed. The nightmares of that 10-year-old boy offering me his snack will not let him sleep.

Why The Fight For Kobani Is Hurting ISIS

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 11.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to captur...

Activists: Syria Drops Barrel Bomb On Aleppo Town, 13 Dead

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 11.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian military airstrike killed at least 13 people, including children, and wounded another 20 in the northern Syrian province of A...

Airstrikes In Syria Have Reportedly Killed 865 People, Including 50 Civilians

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces in Syria have killed 865 people, including 50 civilians, since the start of the campaign i...

Northern Ireland Man Faces Terror Charges After Fighting ISIS In Syria

AP | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — A Northern Ireland man who says he fought against the Islamic State group in Syria appeared in court Saturday charged with terrorism o...

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Few issues require as urgent attention as America's ISIS strategy. America's multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. The Obama Administration needs to understand that its train-and-equip program is simply too piecemeal and too slow. To remain viable, moderate Syrian rebels need weapons now.

Activists: U.S. Strikes Hit Syrian Rebels Not Affiliated With ISIS

AP | RYAN LUCAS and DIAA HADID | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — American aircraft bombed al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria on Thursday, and activists said another radical rebel group also was hit -...

Group: ISIS Tortured Kurdish Children Captured In Kobani

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near the northern Syrian town of Kobani, beati...

Peshmerga Fighters Boost Kurds In Battle For Kobani

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 11.01.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepared Saturday to battle Islamic State group militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, j...

This Incredible Interactive Map Explains Who Hates Who In The Middle East

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

Trying to understand the complexities of Middle East politics can seem like an impenetrable task and the tangled and changing relations between govern...

Time to Act for Women and Girls Raped in Conflict

Serra Sippel | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

The U.S. government is the largest bilateral donor of global health, development, and humanitarian assistance. It is unconscionable that the U.S. is failing to use its considerable power to facilitate access to post-rape care for women and girls.

ISIS Is a Cult That Uses Terrorism: A Fresh New Strategy

Steven Hassan | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Steven Hassan

The good news, and I speak here as a former member of a totalistic group, is that the 'cult' word has finally leapt into the conversation about ISIS. But it does so in a way that barely scratches the surface of what makes ISIS a cult; what draws people to it; and how to stop them.

Syria Exhibit at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Annie Sovcik, Esq. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Annie Sovcik, Esq.

If "Never Again" means that the world will mobilize to stop mass atrocities -- genocide, torture, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity -- then the integration of an exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum showing ongoing crimes in Syria that rise to that level belies our commitment to such a slogan.

Syrian Air Force Carries Out 200 Strikes In 36 Hours

Reuters | Posted 12.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The Syrian air force carried out more than 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours, a group monitoring th...

Soccer and Militant Islam Intersect in Incidents Across the Middle East

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A successful soccer player near the peak of his career, 22-year Nidhal Selmi died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq.

A New Front in the War on ISIL: Syria's Lost Generation of University Students

Keith David Watenpaugh | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Keith David Watenpaugh

But with the rise of ISIL and the American commitment to destroying it in mind, providing opportunities for university study to Syria's qualified young men is no longer just about higher education, its also about security and preventing the radicalization of a generation.