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Fog of War: Who’s Lying About Syria’s Christian Massacre?

by Mohammed Idrees Ahmad, THE INDEPENDENT An esteemed war journalist says he witnessed Syrian jihadis slaughter Christians. Evidence of a war crime—or a Brian Williams moment? Patrick Cockburn, the Irish…

Syria’s Mercenaries: The Afghans Fighting Assad’s War

By Christoph Reuter     SPIEGEL.DE EMIN OZMEN/ LEJOURNAL/ DER SPIEGEL Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is running out of soldiers and is forced to rely on mercenaries in his ongoing…

POLITICAL CARTOONIST : Drawings from the edge of death

PRINT SEND THIS ARTICLE 1 COMMENTS As a political refugee in Switzerland, Hani Abbas chose exile to escape Syrian security forces. Many of his fellow cartoonists and journalists had been assassinated,…

U.S. Special Operations forces kill ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf in Syria raid

by Matt Knight and CNN WIRE, May 16, 2015 (CNN) — U.S. Special Operations forces killed a senior ISIS commander during a raid intended to capture him in eastern Syria…

Damascus restarts popular train service

1 May 2015 Dozens of people – many with Syrian flags – gathered for the relaunch ceremony A narrow-gauge train has begun operating again in Damascus – in a reminder…

The beginning of the end in Syria

Summary BY MICHAEL YOUNG, THE DAILY STAR, LEBANON President Bashar Assad’s regime is beginning to crumble despite assistance from Iran and its allies. However, such a prospect did not prevent…

In Iraqi malls, Syrian women work jobs spurned by locals

AP / JORDAN TIMES / MAY 02, 2015 Rahaf Abdullah works at a sweets shop at a mall in Erbil, in Iraq’s Kurdish region, on Wednesday (AP photo) ERBIL, Iraq …

Syria needs a Syrian fix

The Daily Star The pace of military developments in Syria has picked up noticeably in recent weeks; nearly all of the news has been bad for supporters of President Bashar…

Daughters of Jihad: The German Women of Islamic State

By Jörg Diehl, Hubert Gude, Barbara Schmid and Fidelius Schmid     www.spiegel.de DPA/ Syriadeeply.org Much is known about men leaving Germany to take up arms on behalf of Islamic State. Less has…

Syria changes passport rules for citizens abroad

AFP / JORDAN TIMES / Apr 26, 2015 Residents stand upon the rubble of collapsed buildings after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Assad…

The world must care more for Syrian refugees

by Lakhdar Brahimi Summary Over the past four years, Syria has been the scene of terrible suffering and savagery. The war has claimed more than 200,000 lives and devastated Syria’s…

Swiss jihadist frees wife and child

HELD CAPTIVE Swiss jihadist frees wife and child By swissinfo.ch and agencies APR 19, 2015 – 15:30 The mother and child were let go near the border town of Reyhanli…

In the new Middle East, a dangerous vacuum has emerged

| The Daily Star Joschka Fischer The “new” Middle East is now on daily display. Unlike the old Middle East, whose fate was determined by the dominant Western powers (the…

Millions of Middle East children out of school, UN warn

Agence France Presse BEIRUT: More than 12 million children in the Middle East are not being educated despite advances in efforts to expand schooling, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said…

Syrian-born former imam shot dead in London

Syrian-born former imam shot dead in London Murder investigation launched after Abdul Hadi Arwani, a fierce critic of Bashar al-Assad, found dead in Wembley Abdul Hadi Arwani was found dead…

Starting over in Switzerland

B PERMIT Starting over in Switzerland By Catherine McLean    swissinfo.ch FEB 4, 2015 – 11:00 Jwan Othman and Media Joulak attend German classes each day, taking turns watching the…

Picture of the Day: Train in Homs, Syria 1900 – 1920

Syrian child photographed ‘surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun’

Source: TOI This photo of a Syrian child so scarred by war that she stared into a camera lens believing it was the barrel of a gun and raised her…

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