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Inside The Advocacy Group That Keeps Track Of Syria's War Casualties

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

More than three years into Syria's devastating civil war, information about the harrowing costs of violence in the country is getting harder and harde...

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...

Syria Rebels In South Are West's Last Hope

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2014 | World

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Nov 13 (Reuters) - With moderate rebels facing defeat by al Qaeda in Syria's north, groups holding a co...

Kurds Warn Of New Kobani

Reuters | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

By Jonny Hogg ANKARA, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Western and Arab powers that are have deployed air strikes to prevent the Syrian town of Kobani falling to ...

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.

U.S. Says Airstrikes Target 'Khorasan Cell' Of Syria Qaeda Group

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

By Mark Hosenball and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The United States said it conducted air strikes on Wednesday night against the so-...

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 -...

11 Children Killed When Mortars Hit Damascus School

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) - At least 11 children were killed in Damascus when mortars fell on a school in an eastern district of the Syrian capital, a...

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...

Heavy Fighting In Kobani After Peshmerga Join Battle

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

By Mariam Karouny and Omer Berberoglu BEIRUT/MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish fighters have joined the fig...

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...

Peshmerga Convoy Enters Syria's Kobani After Delays

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters began entering the Syrian border town of Kobani Friday night where they were expected to join the batt...

Iraqi Kurdish Forces Enter Kobani To Fight ISIS

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

By Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu SURUC, Turkey, Oct 30 (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the...

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.

Free Syrian Army Fighters Enter Kobani To Help Battle ISIS

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way towa...

Iraqi Kurdish Fighters Head To Syria's Kobani

Reuters | Isabel Coles and Dasha Afanasieva | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

ARBIL, Iraq/MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Iraqi peshmerga fighters headed for the Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds re...

ISIS Launches New Offensive On Syria's Kobani

AP | ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 10.25.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Fighters from the Islamic State group launched Saturday a new offensive on the northern Syrian town of Kobani after shell...

Smugglers Offer Passage From Turkey To Syria For $20

AP | DESMOND BUTLER and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 10.24.2014 | World

ONCUPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish border crossing of Oncupinar, an hour's drive from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, is a chaotic buzz of pe...

Turkey Agrees To Send 200 Iraqi Kurds To Fight In Kobani

Reuters | Posted 10.23.2014 | World

RIGA, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday agreement had been reached on sending 200 Kurdish peshmerga fighters from I...

Before And After Photos Show The Devastating Toll Of The Battle For Kobani

Posted 10.21.2014 | World

Weeks of intense battles between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants near Kobani have left the Syrian town deserted and destroyed. The extent...

Syrian Air Force Carries Out 200 Strikes In 36 Hours

Reuters | Posted 10.21.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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.

Activists: U.S. Coalition Airstrike On ISIS Gas Station Kills 8 In Syria

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and DIAA HADID | Posted 10.18.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on a gas distribution facility in a stronghold of the Islamic State group set off a series...

Militarily, Germany Should Stay Out of the War on ISIS

Gregor Gysi | Posted 10.16.2014 | World
Gregor Gysi

Obama's strange coalition of the willing isn't much good. It operates against international law and remains ineffective. This country isn't privileged, it is not a world power and it also has a different history.