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As Winter Hits We Cannot Leave Syrian Children in the Cold

Michael Sheen | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Michael Sheen

This time last year I travelled to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon to see how Unicef, the world's leading children's organisation, is keeping Syrian children safe and warm as the temperatures plummet. Nothing could have prepared me for the heartbreaking situation I encountered; the conditions for families living in these informal camps were just horrendous. It's not somewhere that anyone should have to call a home, especially not a child. The over-crowded and unsanitary conditions need just one storm to set off a terrible chain reaction. The cold weather already makes children susceptible to respiratory infections like pneumonia.

The Terror Case of Ryan McGee That Never Was

Dilly Hussain | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Not a single article in the British press mentioned the word 'terrorist' in reference to McGee's case. The hypocrisy and double standards of the British justice system and the media is as clear as daylight.

Jail For British Jihadis Who Fled To Syria To Fight For Al-Qaeda

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK

Two young British men who travelled to Syria to join an al Qaeda-linked terrorist group have been jailed for nearly 13 years. Childhood friends Mo...

Syria's Refugees Not Hoping for a White Christmas This Year

Matthew Frost | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK
Matthew Frost

Only a week ago, I sat squashed into a tent filled with a family of fourteen Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon - surprised that even that much body heat could not thaw the freezing cold I felt...

Kurdish Dad & Daughter Fighters In Surprise Meeting While Battling Islamic State

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK

Locked in tight embrace, this father and daughter are united in their battle to defend a Syrian town from the Islamic State (IS). Kurdish fighters...

Foreign Media Coverage of Kurdish Conflicts Must Change

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

The Kurdish people have lived under different political establishments, none of which has led to independence. Modern day Kurdistan reaches across four sovereign states (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria) yet still manages to inhibit an acknowledged ethnic community. Which is impressive, considering Kurdistan's history - suppressed acts of resistance, and betrayal by foreign entities.

UN Suspension Of Food Assistance To Syrian Refugees Will Be 'Disastrous'

AP | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK

The United Nations World Food programme on Monday suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees, citing a funding cri...

Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100 Syrians?

Cat Carter | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid-workers are struggling to keep up. I've been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering - of starving families, child amputees and torture survivors. It terrifies me with its prospect of longevity - there is seemingly no end to such an intractable war... We must settle more. We should resettle at least 10,000, our fair share of the 180,000+ who need to be resettled in the rich and developed nations.

Brothers Jailed In London For Conspiring To Attend Syrian Terror Camp

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Paul Vale | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK

Two jihadist brothers have become the first Britons to be jailed for going to Syria to attend a terrorist training camp. Hamza Nawaz, 24, and Mohommod...

'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 ...

Syria's 'Hero Boy' and Why This Stuff Simply Should Not Be Staged

Katie Welsford | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Katie Welsford

Syrian voices cry out from behind the camera as the harrowingly familiar scene unfolds. Against a backdrop of crumbling buildings, a young boy runs amidst sniper fire towards a burnt out car...

British Police: Sitting Ducks For Jihadist Fanatics?

Chris Hobbs | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Chris Hobbs

As counter terrorism awareness week commences front line police officers in London and elsewhere are becoming increasingly fearful that they are likely to become victims of savage targeted attacks on the streets of the UK by fanatical Islamist jihadists.

This Facebook Page Is Recruiting Volunteer Fighters To Take On Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK

At first glance, the Facebook page 'The Lions of Rojava' seems to be just one of thousands that has sprung up to support the Kurdish efforts against I...

Brits Are Joining The Kurds Fighting IS

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK

A British army veteran is one of several Britons who has travelled to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State, according to Facebook posts. The ...

Killed By Islamic State For Being 'Selfless And Caring'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Paul Vale | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK

The widow of murdered British aid worker Alan Henning has told a memorial service he was killed "for being what we should be, selfless and caring". Th...

Islamic State Release Fresh Propaganda Video Featuring John Cantlie

PA | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK

A seventh propaganda video featuring British hostage John Cantlie has been released by Islamic State (IS). The photojournalist delivers an apparently-...

No Child Should Grow Up With Such a Name

Barbara Jackson | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Barbara Jackson

How does one react when being told that the name of a new born child of refugee parents means "one who has lost everything and whose people are eternally persecuted"? What do you say when you meet an infant whose name means "homeless"?

For Syrian Children, the Harsh Winter Brings More Woes

Kumar Tiku | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

"We really need help to stay warm this winter," says Ibrahim* (10) who lives with his family in an Aleppo shelter after they were displaced from their home in Aleppo city by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The Killing of Abdul Rahman Kassig: Who does IS represent?

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

The Islamic State has once again acted in contrary to what it stands for. A video was released online from the group on Sunday announcing that it had beheaded American Muslim, Abdul Rahman Kassig.

Eight Reasons Why The Peter Kassig Islamic State Video Is A Game-Changer

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

The news that Islamic State (IS) had killed another hard-working, inspirational and beloved aid worker in a slick propaganda film was depressing in it...

Islamic State's 'Progressive Potential' Debated At British Party Conference

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

The "progressive potential" of Islamic State (IS) had been discussed by a British political party, which also claimed a caliphate created by the bruta...

Did Peter Kassig Refuse To Speak Islamic State Propaganda Before Murder?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

Peter Kassig may have refused to make a propaganda statement condemning the West before he was murdered by an Islamic State jihadist, friends have spe...

Islamic State Claim To Have Executed Another Hostage

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jack Sommers | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

The family of an aid worker whose death is apparently shown in a new graphic video by Islamic State (IS) have appealed for people not to "play into th...

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 ...

Islamic State's Al-Baghdadi Promises To 'Erupt Volcanoes Of Jihad Everywhere'

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK

The head of the extremist Islamic State group has said it will fight to the last man. The comments by the militant group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Bagh...