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Syria Crisis

Did Anyone See 2014's Many Crises Coming?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 12.24.2014 | World

This year has been marred by crises across the globe, as protests and conflicts have dominated headlines. Groups that were unknown to many, such as th...

The U.N.'s Man in Syria: ISIS Is Like a Political Ebola

Alain Elkann | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Alain Elkann

"The first thing we need to do is find a way in which we can 'freeze' the situation in Aleppo. These people have been under siege for two years. The city is very close to collapsing. If we do not do anything and the city collapses, it could fall into the hands of ISIS, which is only 20 kilometers away, and that would be an even bigger tragedy."

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-...

Over 230 Bodies Found In Mass Grave In Syria, Says Monitoring Group

Reuters | Posted 12.18.2014 | World

(Adds quote) BEIRUT, Dec 17 (Reuters) - More than 230 bodies of people believed killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a...

Attacks on Schools Threaten Children's Future; States Must Act

Steven Haines | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Steven Haines

When fighters use or attack schools, they deny children their rights to be protected and to be taught in safety. Education is crucial if we are to save a generation of war-affected children.

As One of Them -- Carole Alfarah Documents the Attacks on Civilians in Syria

Janne Riikonen | Posted 12.11.2014 | Media
Janne Riikonen

"Today carrying a camera is like carrying a weapon. Who ever might stop you and start interrogating you for taking pictures."

The UN Says $16.4 Billion Is Needed To Aid The World's Most Vulnerable

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion to pay for global humanitarian needs in 2015, saying it needs that money to help ...

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...

Sophia Jones

'If We're Going To Go Hungry Here, We Might As Well Be Hungry In Our Own Homes'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- For millions of Syrians, a simple food voucher distributed by the United Nations' World Food Program is the only thing ensuring they won...

O' Syrian Children, We Failed You

Zaher Sahloul | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Zaher Sahloul

Forgive us / Your innocent souls are much bigger than our guilty ones / We were not up to the task / We were too small / We failed you / We failed you...

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 ...

Qatar Said To Run A Covert Training Camp For Syrian Rebels With U.S. Help

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

By Amena Bakr DOHA, Nov 26 (Reuters) - At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with U.S. help t...

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.

Kurds and US vs ISIS

Ryan Campbell | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

Allying with Kurdish forces means we can better fight ISIS, as well as empower a Democratic, secular, autonomous region to remain as a front against religious extremism in the area with the same investment.

Paris Prosecutor Identifies Extremist Frenchman In ISIS Video

AP | LORI HINNANT | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — The cold-eyed militants lined up behind their victims in the latest Islamic State video appear to come from outside the Middle East, in...

Frenchman Thought To Be Among Killers In ISIS Beheadings

Reuters | LORI HINNANT | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

LONDON/PARIS, Nov 17 (Reuters) - A Frenchman is believed to have appeared in a video of Islamic State jihadists beheading Syrian soldiers and displayi...

UN Says 13.6 Million Displaced By Wars In Iraq And Syria

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

GENEVA, Nov 11 (Reuters) - About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, ma...

The World, Not Just America, Must Stand Up to ISIS

Yassin K. Fawaz | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Yassin K. Fawaz

A few thousand Islamic extremists have shown a greater determination to kill its opponents than the West has in confronting aggressors. The meek policy of not facing down this threat with a global response is inexplicable.

Attack In Syria's Capital Kills 4 Nuclear Scientists

AP | ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that the U.N. envoy's proposal to implement a cease-fire in the embattled northern ...

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.

A Rising Tide: The World's Displaced People

Anika Rahman | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Anika Rahman

Today, there are over 51.2 million forcibly displaced people in the world. These are the highest numbers since World War II.

Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani, Sparks Debate on What Is Politics?

James Dorsey | Posted 10.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The dispute over the nature of Dalkurd's support for Kobani raises the question of what the border line is, if there is one, between humanitarian and political aid to groups in distress as a result of conflict as well as the double standards applied by some Western nations.

Kurds In Kobani Repulse Islamic State Attack On Border Gate

Reuters | Posted 12.26.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants tried to seize a border post in the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish frontier ov...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Ex-Ambassador: CIA Wrong On Not Wanting To Arm Syrian Rebels

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After months of criticism from former advisers and members of the media for not acting sooner to prevent the Islamic State's rise in Syr...