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Islamic State Militants Attack Major Syrian Government Air Base

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 08.20.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated o...

Obama Says All Syria's Declared Chemical Weapons Eliminated

AP | Posted 08.19.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement a...

Group: Islamic State Militants Executed 700 Tribe Members In Syria

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the pas...

Islamic State Militants Close In On Syria Rebel Stronghold

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 08.16.2014 | 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...

While Their Own Country Is Torn Apart By War, Syrians Are Giving Aid To Yazidis

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.14.2014 | World

Fleeing approaching Islamic State militants, tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi community in Iraq have found refuge in an unlikely place -- wa...

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...

Tribesmen Rise Up Against Islamic State Militants In Syria

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 08.03.2014 | 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...

Why Triumphant Jihadis In Iraq Will Help Assad Crush Opposition In Aleppo

Noah Bonsey | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Noah Bonsey

The world's most feared jihadi group, the Islamic State (ISIS), is parlaying its dramatic gains in Iraq into Syria. Already flush with cash and weapons, ISIS stands to receive another, invaluable windfall in Aleppo, Syria's largest city prior to the war. Regime forces there are on the verge of encircling opposition militants. Their success in doing so would benefit ISIS as much as it would Bashar al-Assad, throttling the more moderate rebel enemy both share.

UN Allows Syria Aid Without Govt Approval

Posted 07.14.2014 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution authorizing cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria...

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 ...

Islamic Militants Seize Another Syrian Oil Field

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 07.04.2014 | 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...

ISIS Expands It Control In Syria

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 07.03.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched across eastern Syria near the border with Iraq on Thursday, seizing towns, villages a...

Syria Refugees Set To Exceed A Third Of Lebanon's Population

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2014 | World

By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT, July 3 (Reuters) - Lebanon faces the threat of political and economic collapse as the number o...

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...

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...

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 ...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrians Flood Embassy In Lebanon To Cast Ballots For Assad

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

YARZE, Lebanon -- They partied their way up the 10-kilometer hill toward the Syrian Embassy, waving flags and posters in the oppressive heat. They dod...

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...

Syrian Troops Enter Last Rebel-Held Areas Of Homs

AP | ALBERT AJI and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Hundreds of Syrians, some snapping photographs with their cell phones, wandered down paths carved out of rubble in the old quarte...

On the Syrian Border, an Orphanage Provides Hope for the Future

Chris Looney | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Chris Looney

"We are going to turn all this into a garden," says Atassi, waving her hand towards the driveway. Looking out over the barren property, it seems like an impossible task. But as we leave, I notice a single red rose blooming among a small patch of weeds.

The Powerful New Way to Help Syrian Children Now

Kristin Wright | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Kristin Wright

Syrian children continue to suffer immeasurably -- targeted by snipers, enduring hunger and displacement from their homes, a lack of health care, and the unsanitary conditions of massive refugee camps stretching out for miles.

First Presidential Candidate Registers In Syria

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first offi...

Syria's Rebels Battle Fierce Government Assault On Homs

AP | By DIAA HADID | Posted 06.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest ...