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ISLAMIC STATE : Swiss want International Criminal Court intervention

MAR 28, 2015 – 14:10 Iraqi security forces prepare to confront Islamic State in Tikrit (Keystone) Switzerland has appealed to the UN Security Council on Friday to prosecute war crimes…

Switzerland: Court clears way for collective asylum for Syrians

BROADER PROTECTION? Court clears way for collective asylum for Syrians MAR 19, 2015 – 15:14 The Swiss cabinet has the power to grant Syrian refugees temporary protection collectively instead of…

Jordan seeks to handle refugee aid through ‘trust fund’

 by Khetam Malkawi, Jordan Times, 16.3.2015 r Syrian refugees, who have been living in Jordan for two-and-a-half years since fleeing the violence in their Syrian hometown of Idlib, sit in…

Turkish video alleges spy aided UK girls en route to Syria

  MAR 13, 2015 – 17:54 By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish broadcaster on Friday released what it said was footage of an alleged spy working for a…

Syria’s woes reflect wider Arab troubles

Rami G. Khouri| The Daily Star Syria has always been much more than its geography, whether in the past or in modern times. Half a century ago Syria was called…

Syria revolution four years on: Don’t bet against President Assad – a ruler willing to see his country destroyed so long as he can cling to power

The West’s latest ‘Arab Hitler’ continues to rule despite the widespread predictions of his downfall. Just what is the man’s secret, asks Robert Fisk ROBERT FISK Thursday 12 March 2015…

ILLEGAL SERVICE : Swiss citizen arrested for fighting Islamic State

By swissinfo.ch and agencies MAR 11, 2015 – 16:21 Cosar’s militia allied with Kurdish fighters who eventually liberated the northern Syrian city of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab (Keystone)…

Young Syrian refugees give up hopes of education in Jordan, Children living as refugees are forced into work to feed their families, as their parents are not allowed to earn

Ahmed Jabra wakes at seven each morning, eats his breakfast and then decides what to do with his day. If things aren’t unusually desperate – if there’s enough money to…

Isis ‘bulldozes’ Nimrud: UNESCO condemns destruction of ancient Assyrian site as a ‘war crime’

Iraq’s antiquities ministry said the extremists continue to ‘defy the will of the world and the feelings of humanity’ HEATHER SAUL , HENRY AUSTIN Isis militants intensified their efforts to…

Switzerland to welcome 3,000 Syrian refugees

REFUGEE CRISIS Switzerland to welcome 3,000 Syrian refugees By swissinfo.ch MAR 6, 2015 – 16:18 Over 3.8 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries since the conflict began (Keystone) The…

U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse of rebel group

MAR 5, 2015 – 09:11 By Dasha Afanasieva and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Hazzm movement was once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but…

A state in distress

A state in distress  CONNECT  TWEET RSS FOLLOW EMAIL PRINT  SHARE The Daily Star It’s relatively easy to highlight the appalling situation in Syria, where violence, displacement, fragmentation and corruption…

How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say

Associated Press By LEE KEATH and HAMZA HENDAWIAssociated Press14 hrs ago © AP Photo/Militant video, File FILE – This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday,…

Lebanon opens borders to Assyrians fleeing ISIS

The Daily Star BEIRUT: Assyrian Christians fleeing ISIS are welcome to take refuge in Lebanon because their humanitarian case in exceptional, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said. Al-Mustaqbal reported Sunday that…

Understanding Turkey’s stance

HARUN YAHYA Published — Saturday 28 February 2015   Last Sunday, the global media reported that Turkish tanks had rolled into Syria to carry out an operation to evacuate the…

Aqsa Mahmood branded a ‘disgrace’ by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East

The British woman previously travelled to Syria to marry an Isis fighter JON STONE Sunday 22 February 2015 The family of a British woman living with Isis fighters in Syriahas…

UK worries how to stop teenage girls travelling to Syria

 AFP | Feb 22, 2015 | JORDAN TIMES Abase Hussen, father of 15-year old British girl Amira Abase, holds a bear that Amira gave to her mother, during an interview…

Shah Suleyman: The truly Byzantine origins of Turkey’s operation to rescue a long-dead body from the ‘Islamic Caliphate’

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT The 13th-century fall of an obscure king into the river Euphrates, the pride of the Ottoman empire and modern Turkey and a humiliating French retreat…

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