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Syrian Civil War

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrian Activists Fighting -- And Failing -- To Spark Action | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- When the Syrian civil war began more than three years ago, Mariam Hamou took to Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about the brutality ...

U.S. Anti-Tank Rockets in Syria: What Did Congress Say?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Don't the American people have a right to know what is going on with such a significant decision, particularly in light of the fact that the American people and Congress decisively rejected direct U.S. military intervention in the Syrian civil war?

Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.

Syrian Crisis Creating a Lost Generation

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

Others I met on my journey around Lebanon's camps were positive and resourceful in spite of nearly impossible conditions. But, for how much longer?

Lifting All Boats

Hardy Vieux | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

Here in Jordan, we, in the humanitarian aid community, are addressing the myriad, stubborn problems born of the Syrian civil war.

Sophia Jones

Syrian Rebel Commander: Why Joining Extremists Was My Last Resort | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.25.2014 | World

ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Haj Faraj is fed up. The 36-year-old Syrian rebel commander, who says he leads a small brigade of 50 fighters just over the border,...

Sophia Jones

These Syrian Refugee Photos Tell An Unlikely Story Of Human Resiliency | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

Hundreds of Syrians cross the border into Jordan every day on foot. Some are the elderly walking with children and grandchildren, leaving a lifetime b...

Sophia Jones

Syrian War Drives Religious Minorities From Historic City | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.13.2014 | World

ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Azur Havre stands over a lunch of steaming meatballs in a courtyard owned by Sister Barbara Kallash, a quirky German nun who runs a...

Max J. Rosenthal

'Everyone Is Running And Falling On The Ground, Dying And Suffocating' | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- The rockets came in the early morning, shattering both the peace and the buildings as the residents of Moadamiyeh were barely standing up fr...

Joshua Hersh

U.S. May Risk Unintended Military Involvement In Syria | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.24.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- With the Obama administration facing intensifying pressure to consider new military-backed options for mitigating the humanitarian crisis in...

Max J. Rosenthal

Hezbollah Defiant In Face Of Bombings | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.19.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- The twin bombings that killed at least five people outside of an Iranian cultural center here on Wednesday were a particularly pointed assau...

Homeland Security Secretary Cites Syrian Conflict As Rising Security Threat

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The civil war in Syria has become a matter of U.S. homeland security over concerns about a small number of Americans who have gone...

Max J. Rosenthal

Officials Warn Syrian Humanitarian Deal Falls Short | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.07.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- International aid organizations successfully began evacuating scores of residents from the Syrian city of Homs on Friday as part of a deal t...

The Geneva II Tragic Charade

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.07.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Time is running out and every day we continue to embrace the illusion of a political solution. Without first changing the balance of forces on the ground, scores of Syrian men, women and children will die and millions of Syrian refugees will have no home to return to.

Max J. Rosenthal

Al Qaeda Turns On Its Own | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- In the latest sign of schisms within the Syrian rebel armies fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, the central leadership of al-Qaed...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrian Refugee Has 'Given Up All Hope' Of Returning To War-Ridden Country | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

TRIPOLI, Lebanon -- Reem Ajaj had planned to become a judge. That goal still seemed possible just over a year ago as she graduated from law school at ...

Syria: Satellite Imagery Shows Entire Neighborhoods Gone

Human Rights Watch | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

Satellite imagery, witness statements, and video and photographic evidence show that Syrian authorities deliberately and unlawfully demolished thousands of residential buildings in Damascus and Hama in 2012 and 2013.

International Intervention Needed In Syria

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Peter S. Goodman

It will take some credible threat of international intervention to bring help to the victims of the Syrian war. There is no way around that.

Sophia Jones

Tunisian Man Saves His Brother From Becoming A Suicide Bomber | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

TUNIS, Tunisia -- Mohamed Ikbel has grown accustomed to the phone calls at seemingly every hour of the day. Parents plead with him to help track down ...

Max J. Rosenthal

The Neverending Spring: How Syria's Revolution Became A Stalemate | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- From a safe distance, the latest battle for Raqqa, a provincial capital in northern Syria, might have seemed like a turning point in the war...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrian Army Fires Chemical Weapons, Killing 3, Activists Claim | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- Syrian activists allied with anti-government rebels alleged early Tuesday that the Syrian Army fired chemical weapons on a Damascus suburb, ...

UN: Evidence Suggests Assad Involved In War Crimes

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 12.02.2013 | World

GENEVA (AP) — A growing body of evidence collected by U.N. investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President B...

Lebanon's Weed Trade Thrives In Chaos Of Syrian War

Agence France Presse | Rana Moussaoui | Posted 01.26.2014 | World

Lebanese marijuana grower Abu Sami is practically rubbing his hands together with glee: the Syrian conflict has paralysed authorities at home and left...

Max J. Rosenthal

Iranian Influence May Grow After Nuke Deal | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 11.25.2013 | World

NEW YORK -- With one major diplomatic deal now agreed upon, Iran may be on track to take a formal role in negotiations to end the Syrian civil war. ...

Sophia Jones

Palestinians Uprooted Anew By Syria War | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.21.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Sixty-five years ago, when she was a child, Salwa and her family left their seaside Palestinian home in Jaffa and embarked on a jou...