UK Syria

Andy Burnham Tells Labour To Stop 'Shuffling Uncomfortably' On Its Most Difficult Issue

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.08.2015 | UK Politics

Labour activists have got to stop “avoiding people’s eyes, shuffling uncomfortably and trying to get away” when the subject of immigration comes...

Missing Mother And Four Children 'Feared Travelling To Syria'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 29.08.2015 | UK

A missing mother and her four children are feared to be travelling to war-torn Syria, Scotland Yard believes. Police are trying to trace Zahera Tar...

It's Hard To Believe What This City Used To Look Like

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK

In just seven years, the Syrian city of Homs has changed from a "wonderful place", with leafy parks and gardens, to a mass of rubble since the civil w...

The Picture That Will Change This Man's Life Forever

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK

Images of a Syrian father clutching a handful of pens in a bid to sell them to passersby while carrying his daughter, slumped over his shoulder, have ...

What If Surrey Were Like Syria? Unsuspecting Residents Hit With School Closures, Empty Stores And Roadblocks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

A Surrey primary school is closed, its fences covered in barbed wire to stop anyone getting in. A store has virtually no goods and charges hugely-infl...

Why Syrians Are Writing Love Letters To Angela Merkel

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

Just last month Angela Merkel made a young asylum seeker cry live on television but she is now being sent love letters by Syrian people. The German...

British ISIS Cyber Expert Junaid Hussain 'Killed In Drone Attack'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

A British computer hacker who was a high-level Islamic State (IS) target is believed to have been killed in a US drone strike in Syria. The Ameri...

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

If governments and policymakers won't commit to finding a lasting political, diplomatic and military solution to Syria's unrest because it is 'the right thing to do', perhaps they can be provoked into action out of inherent selfishness.

Jack Sommers

These Babies Were Born Into Lives Their Syrian Mothers Are Desperate To Escape

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK

Amid sandstorms, crushing poverty and the uncertainty over when they will ever go home, these Syrian women struggle to provide for their children, bor...

First Pictures Of IS Destruction Of Ancient Palmyra Temple Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK

Pictures showing the destruction of the ancient Baalshamin Temple in Palmyra have emerged online. On Monday it was reported that the Islamic State ...

UN Security Council Hears The Horrors Facing Gay People Under Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK

The United Nations Security Council has discussed LGBT rights for the first time in its 70 year existence, in what the US ambassador described as a "s...

Cultural Carnage and the Triumph of the Spirit

Richard Reoch | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Richard Reoch

This week, Khalid al-Assad, the 82-year-old archaeologist who was instrumental in the effort to save the site's priceless antiquities, was publicly beheaded and his headless corpse hung from the remains of a Roman column.

Why The Latest Syrian Peace Plan Is Doomed

Nehad Ismail | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The New York Times reported 17th August that the Security Council unanimously approved a statement backing intensive preparatory talks on key issues t...

Germany To Take 800,000 Migrants This Year - Four Times As Many As 2014

AP | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK

Germany could see as many as 800,000 migrants arriving this year - four times as many as in 2014, its interior minister has said. Thomas de Maizier...

Syrian Boat People: A global crisis needs global solutions

Mary Creagh | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

The world is confronted by an unprecedented number of crises. Over 58 million people are affected by conflict. We receive daily reminders of the horrors in Syria and Libya. But there are also the forgotten conflicts in Central African Republic, Sudan, Burundi and even Ukraine.

ISIS Behead Syrian Archaeologist In Palmyra And Hang His Body From Ancient Ruins

The Huffington Post UK/ AP | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK

Islamic State (IS) militants have executed the archaeologist who looked after the ancient ruins of Palmyra and hung his body from them. Khaled al-A...

The UK Effort to #ShareHumanity With Syria

Gareth Bayley | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gareth Bayley

When one looks at the scale of Syria's need, it is clear that the international community cannot do enough and indeed has not done enough. The heart of the matter - support and pressure for a political settlement - is flatly blocked within the UN Security Council. Humanitarian aid appeals meet with a response, but never quite to the amount sought. For the UK, we responded - £200million to the latest appeal - and will continue to respond. And we do all we can to unblock the path to that political settlement that Syria needs.

This Migrant's Reaction To Arriving In Kos Says It All

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK

Hands raised in the air and fingers arranged in victory signs, the joy and relief of this Syrian man, after making it to the shores on the Greek islan...

The MENA Region Wrestles With Its Genie!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Today, some powers and principalities are trying to lure the MENA genie back into its bottle - with brutal force, lavish financial inducements or political shenanigans. But this genie is cunning: it has tasted freedom outside the bottle and sees its own world with different lenses. Its instincts cannot easily be tamed back into the bottle!

We Are Europe - We Can Do Better

Vickie Hawkins | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Vickie Hawkins

We are Europe - we promote to the world the importance of respect for human rights and protection of individual liberty. The UK has frequently been at the vanguard of that effort. The Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis that I've met over the past 48 hours have unfortunately yet to see that side of us.

Jack Sommers

Syrians' Sufferings 'Should Remind Politicians Not To Scaremonger About Migrants'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK

Philip Hammond has been told to "take a good look" at the latest devastation in Syria and reflect on how it is forcing people to flee the country, aft...

Here's The Real Story Behind That ISIS 'Nun With A Gun' Photo

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK

An image which appears to show a British-born jihadi dressed as a nun holding a gun in one hand and a dog in another is being used by national newspap...

Burnham: No Need For 'Urgency' On Syria Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron should not try to "bounce" the Commons into a fresh vote on UK military action in Syria next month, Andy Burnham has warned. In his s...

Yemen: Proxy War and War by Proxy

Alistair Burnett | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Iraq and Syria get most of the headlines in western media given the current focus on the threat from Islamic State to European and American interests and citizens, as well as the direct involvement of western military forces in the campaign against IS. But there's also a war going on in Yemen...

My Father Was an Illegal Immigrant

Robin Lustig | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

The nearly a quarter of a million people who have arrived in Europe this year represent a massive headache for the authorities in both Italy and Greece, who are desperate for more help from their EU partners... The real scandal is not how many people are huddled in Calais hoping to get to the UK, but how few we are allowing in.