Bashar Assad

'60 Dead' After Syrian Airstrikes Target Islamic State 'Capital'

AP | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK

Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist Islamic State group, killing at least ...

So About That Syrian 'Hero Boy' Video...

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK

A heartbreaking video appearing to show a Syrian boy running through sniper fire to save a young girl pricked the tear ducts of many across the world ...

Why Did Jund Al-Aqsa Join Nusra Front in Taking Out 'Moderate' Rebels in Idlib?

Tam Hussein | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

Not only is Jund's position indicative of its indignation towards SRF's questionable practices, but it's also a sign that US intervention is pushing other forces, whose goal was Assad, to take more hard line positions.

Arming the Kurds and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Oggy Boytchev

Contrary to the desires and interests of regional governments, arming and helping the Kurds to fight ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in Kobane may be the trigger for the birth of a new nation - Kurdistan. No country in the region wants that but this will be one of the unintended consequences of the break up of Syria and the emergence of ISIL.

No Moral Nation Can Ally With Assad

James Snell | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Allying with Assad would be worse than poor strategy; it would be morally unacceptable to anyone with an ounce of decency, and to anyone with the slightest stake in identifying and punishing his crimes.

Moazzam Begg - Case of the Suspect State

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.

Every Friday, ISIS Carry Out 'Executions, Amputations And Mock Crucifixions'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in parts of Syria are carrying out regular amputations, lashings, public executions and mock crucifixions, according to...

Jihad, Utopia and 'Muddled' Foreign Policy

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

The brutal Assad regime, under father Hafez and son Bashar, has perpetrated some appalling atrocities and we can't be proud of cooperating with it, but it is the only force in the region capable of defeating ISIL.

Is This Really The Only Option Left To Defeat Islamic State...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK

Britain should not be "squeamish" about an alliance with Syrian President Bashar Assad to defeat the radical jihadists of Islamic State (IS), former k...

Meanwhile, In Syria, The Country Has Its Bloodiest Week

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK

As Israeli missiles lay waste to Gaza, Hamas rockets fly and innocents die in civilian planes downed in eastern Ukraine, Syria has slipped even furthe...

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

There Are Worse Things Than Dictators

Justin Huggler | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

Iran and Saudi Arabia are facing off across Iraq. Between them, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia control the world's largest proven oil reserves. Already, ISIS are close to the oil reserves of northern Iraq. Already, the price of oil is rising.

Clinton: British Parliamentary Vote Against Syrian Intervention Influenced US Policy

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

Barack Obama’s decision not to launch air strikes against Syria last year was influenced by the shock vote in the British parliament against militar...

5 Political Leaders Who Can Give Assad A Run For His Money In Sham Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics

Bashar al-Assad won an election this week with a rather impressive 88.7% of the vote. Impressive - his powers of persuasion must be pretty spot on....

Syria And 7 Other Totally Sham Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK

Syrians are deciding today whether the man whose regime has killed its opponents in a brutal civil war should continue as president. Here at The Hu...

Syrian Rebels Detonate 60 Tonnes Of Explosives Under Army Base

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK

These dramatic pictures purportedly show the detonation of more than 60 tonnes of explosives under an army base in Syria. According to a member of the...

Syrian Rebels Have Not Lost Their Fighting Spirit

Tam Hussein | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

Most fighters here are Syrians, as well as some North Africans and a smattering of Westerners. As I walk in with the doctor I exchange a glance with a Western fighter who clearly wants to remain anonymous. "Pakistani?" I ask. His Syrian friend responds on his behalf with a knowing smile: "Homsi."

Islamic Extremists From ISIS 'Crucify Two Men In Syria' (GRAPHIC IMAGES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK

WARNING: THIS REPORT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES, READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Graphic images purporting to show two men crucified by Islamist extremi...

Pictures Of Syrian Warplane Shot Down By Turkey's Armed Forces

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK

Dramatic pictures have emerged showing the Syrian military jet shot down on Sunday by Turkey's armed forces for reportedly "violating Turkish air spac...

UN Week: What Was Trending on Social Media?

Nikita Malik | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

I was live on AlHurra TV-MBN on the 25th of September 2013 discussing the role of the Middle East in UN week. Alhurra is a United States-based Arabic-...

Ukraine Crisis Shows Obama Does Not Believe in American Exceptionalism

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

On his first overseas trip as president in 2009, Barack Obama was asked by a foreign journalist whether he subscribed to American exceptionalism, the idea that America has a unique role to champion freedom and democracy...

Jihad, Then and Now - Bin Laden's Comrade in Arms Warns Foreign Fighters to Stay Out of Syria

Tam Hussein | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

As the situation in Syria grows worse and simultaneously more complicated day by day, the fears of observers of the conflict have become more focused on the foreign jihadists who have travelled to the war-torn country to take part in the fighting...

Moving Mountains in Syria: A View From the Ground

Tam Hussein | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

A year ago the villages of Jebel Akrad were home to living, breathing communities. Tucked into the mountain range in Syria's northwestern corner, the village squares were occupied by old men drinking strong coffee and puffing on cigarettes...

'Scenes Of Medieval Violence': Al-Qaeda Behead 10 Prisoners & Mount Their Heads On Spikes In Syria

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels are reported to have beheaded ten men and mounted their heads on spikes in a bloody day of fighting which saw them take con...

Systematic Torture And Execution Of Syrians 'Like Nazi Death Camps'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Syria has systematically tortured and executed 11,000 of its citizens in the three-year war, according to a report by former war crimes prosecutors, w...