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Syria Uprising

The Rise of the Islamic State: Who Is to Blame?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq.

Responding to the Islamic State's Foreign Fighters: Retribution or Rehabilitation?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to criminalise British fighters in Iraq and Syria and bar them from returning to Britain has come in for sharp criticism from the former head of counter-terrorism in its intelligence services MI5 and MI6.

Syrian Jihadists Employ Soccer as Propaganda and Recruitment Tool

James Dorsey | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Jihadists have found a new way of employing the game for propaganda and recruitment purposes. A recent jihadist video suggested that an apparent Portuguese fighter in Syria was a former French international who had played for British premier league club Arsenal.

Three Years Later, Syrians Continue to Suffer at the Hands of International Apathy

Omar Ghabra | Posted 05.24.2014 | World
Omar Ghabra

For the three days leading up to March 15, Syrians gathered in front of the White House to read the names of 100,000 victims of Syria's war.

Joshua Hersh

Raed Fares, Mastermind Behind Syrian Protest Banners, Wounded In Shooting

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.31.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- Raed Fares, the sharp wit behind some of Syria's most brilliant and provocative protest banners, was shot in the back early on Wednesday by ...

The Middle East and North Africa: Cauldron of Conflict

James Dorsey | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
James Dorsey

It is becoming increasingly clear that the hopes in 2011 of a new dawn sparked by the toppling of autocratic leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were little more than pie in the sky. Nevertheless, the genie of inevitable change has been let out of the bottle.

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 ...

Protection in the Syrian Crisis

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Failing to protect civilians in the Syrian crisis represents a collective failure of the UN Security Council. Not only does it cast doubt on the UN's ability to prevent and punish genocide. It also calls into question a core principle of the world body.

Syria, the DRC and the 'Responsibility to Protect': the US Double Standard

Kambale Musavuli | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Kambale Musavuli

The U.N.) says the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the world's deadliest since World War II. The Congo catastrophe, however, has gone largely unnoticed by the world's media, and global leaders have placed the crisis on the back burner.

Syrian Opposition Group Refuses To Participate In Peace Talks: Russia

AP | By BASSEM MROUE and LAURA MILLS | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main Western-backed opposition group has refused to participate in talks in Moscow with Syrian government organizations on res...

Syria Destroyed All Of Its Chemical Weapons Facilities, Watchdog Says

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Syria has destroyed all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an...

Norway Rejects U.S. Request To Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

AP | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

OSLO, Norway -- OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norway's foreign minister says his country has turned down a U.S. request to receive Syria's chemical weapons fo...

61 Women Detainees Released By Syrian Authorities

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 10.24.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian authorities have released a total of 61 women detainees, an activist group said Thursday, the latest in a three-way p...

Extremist Groups In Syria Hobble Efforts To Replace Assad

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

LONDON — LONDON (AP) — Violent extremists seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad may instead have hurt negotiations to replace him...

'Save Us From Death'

Reuters | Oliver Holmes | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

* Mouadamiya under siege for over a year * Residents say "the humanitarian situation is tragic" By Oliver Holmes ...

If America Were Syria

Barry Lando | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Barry Lando

Our eyes glaze over when we read statistics of the horrific mayhem ravaging Syria. Numbers lose all meaning. One way for Americans to appreciate what those figures mean is to compute what the impact would be if the same tragedy were devastating the United States.

'If Assad Fails To Comply... There Will Be Consequences'

AP | MATTHEW LEE and SYLVIE CORBET | Posted 11.16.2013 | World

PARIS -- The French foreign minister says an international conference to reach a political solution in Syria will include the opposition and will take...

Obama Allies Cite PR Missteps In Bid For Syria Strike

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Some of President Barack Obama's top allies say the president misread a few crucial political forces when he asked Congress to supp...

Syrian Rebels Blast Russian Offer On Chemical Arms

AP | Posted 11.12.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels have blasted the Russian proposal on securing their country's chemical weapons, saying that Bashar Assad's government should i...

Everything You Need To Know About Syria's Turbulent History And Why It Matters Today

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 09.13.2013 | World

As the members of the United Nations debate a Russian proposal to force the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad to surrender its chemical weapons,...

UN: 8 Massacres By Syrian Regime, 1 By Rebels

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 09.12.2013 | World

GENEVA -- At least eight massacres have been perpetrated in Syria by President Bashar Assad's regime and supporters and one by rebels over the past ye...

France To Float U.N. Security Council Resolution On Syria

AP | Posted 09.10.2013 | World

PARIS -- France will float a resolution in the U.N. Security Council aimed at forcing Syria to make public its chemical weapons program, place it unde...

Kerry: Assad Could End Crisis By Turning Over Weapons

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 11.09.2013 | World

LONDON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding his purported use of ...

Water and the Roots of Violent Conflict in Syria

Jay Famiglietti | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Jay Famiglietti

I am often asked these days about whether I think that the decade-long drought in Syria has played any role in the violent conflict there. My answer is always the same: absolutely.

Russia Issues Warning About Syria Strike

AP | Posted 09.05.2013 | World

VIENNA -- Russia is warning that a U.S. strike on Syria's atomic facilities might result in a nuclear catastrophe and is urging the U.N. to present a ...