UK Syria

The Government, Glass Houses and British Muslims

Chris Hobbs | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Make no mistake, moderate British Muslims have been expressing their concerns as to the rise of Islamic extremism in the UK since the 1990's and could well argue that they have already made a significant contribution to curbing the excesses of fanatical, Islamist groups.

British Parliamentary Committee Breaks Historic Taboo on Kurdish Independence

Gary Kent | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The stark starting point of the influential and bipartisan Foreign Affairs Committee's long-awaited report on the Kurdistan Region is that the future of Iraq as a nation state is in question as never before. It judges that the clock is ticking on whether Iraq can be stitched back into a functioning whole.

Syria: A Third Space

Graham Sheffield | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Graham Sheffield

Culture is often seen as marginal to the development process, outside the mainstream of economic, political and social policy debates. Or it is offered as an appendage to them, often invoked to explain the failure of well-meaning development interventions.

Syria: From Bad to Worse

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa

In 2014, the fourth year of the conflict in Syria, a bleak humanitarian situation deteriorated even further. To date, there have been over 200,000 fatalities and one million casualties. Three million people have sought refuge across borders and more than seven million people have been displaced. More than half of the country's population - including five million children - require some form of humanitarian aid. Not only has violence increased, but access to aid has also been restricted. Needs are greater than ever but the aid system is not meeting them. Today, Syria remains the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world.

British Mother Tells Of Nightly Bombings & Primitive Living Conditions In IS Stronghold

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK

A young mother who fled Britain to join Islamic State (IS) has told of her harrowing experience in the terrorist stronghold. TOWIE and Spice Girls...

British Mother Who Joined IS Scaled Barbed Wire Fence To Flee Fate As A Jihadi Bride

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson and Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK

SEE ALSO: British Mother Tells Of Nightly Bombings & Primitive Living Conditions In IS Stronghold A young mother who left her Staffordshire home to...

Je Suis Un An Enfant Syrien Mort De Froid (I Am a Syrian Child Dying From Cold)

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

It can no longer be ignored now that Syria's future generations are paying heavily for a catastrophe they did not create, one that is placing an obstacle to their present and future. These children are crying for help and it remains uncertain whether anyone is listening.

Foreign Policy Did Not Cause 'Charlie Hebdo' Terrorism, But Must Help Prevent Future Attacks

Richard Howitt | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Howitt

As Euro MPs convened for our monthly parliamentary session in France this week, the extraordinary emotional response to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack has been shown to have evoked the same reaction across the whole of Europe...

As Harsh Winter Sweeps Accross the Region, Syrian Children Are in Dire Need of Our Help

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Though Syrians have braved three previous winters in conflict, conditions are much worse this year as this winter is expected to be the roughest. Heavy snow, high winds, and freezing rain are proving deadly for a small but rising number of Syrians, especially the children.

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

Sickening Islamic State Video Shows Men Being Shot Dead By Young Child

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK

Islamic State have released one of their most sickening videos to date, showing what appears to be a young child shooting two suspected "Russian spies...

Al Qaida Terrorists In Syria Planning 'Mass Casualty Attack' On West

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK

A group of core al Qaida terrorists in Syria is planning "mass casualty attacks" against the West, the head of MI5 has warned, in a stark reminder tha...

208 People Died Every Day In Syria's Civil War Last Year

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK

An average of 208 people were killed each day last year in Syria's civil war, it has been reported, as the war is about to enter its fifth year. Ac...

'Suggest A Way To Kill The Jordanian Pilot Pig'

AP/The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK

A picture of the Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State last week has been released showing the hostage wearing an orange jump suit, similar to...

2014: Another MENA Post-mortem!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Irrespective of those mutations, I still cling to the stubborn belief that the peoples of the MENA yearn for dignity and equal citizenship rather than cling to conditional patronage by their political and religious rulers or else control by self-obsessed Islamist groups. This is why I remain guardedly hopeful that a constructive dialogue in 2015 could help face those daunting challenges.

'We Are All Muslims': Father Of Jordanian Pilot Captured By Islamic States Begs For His Safe Return

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK

The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria has pleaded for his son's release, asking for him to be treated well...

Pilot Captured As Islamic State Shoot Down Coalition Warplane

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK

UPDATE 'We Are All Muslims': Father Of Jordanian Pilot Captured By Islamic States Begs For His Safe Return The Islamic State group claims it has sh...

Islamic State: Can the Laughter for a Bunch of Rapists and Murderers

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

I wonder if something slightly odd has happened in the past six months or so, whereby the attention devoted to the group in the media and political spheres has dwelt unceasingly on their "barbarity" but failed to actually convey the scale of the human rights crimes involved. Has the effect been to almost trivialise the reality?

This Reporter Made It Out Of Islamic State Alive - With An Extraordinary Story To Tell

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK

Jürgen Todenhöfer spent months in covert negotiations with Islamic State fighters over Skype, until he had reassurances from the very highest levels...

The Forgetting

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

Nawfal is a gentle little boy. In a crowd of rowdy children, he stands back and quietly observes. He doesn't say much. But I promise you: If you had seen him that day, and if you had the courage to look into his eyes, you would cry just as I did when I got home. I wish you could have seen his eyes and sensed his defeat.

Christmas Choices in a Broken World

Johan Eldebo | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK
Johan Eldebo

It's Christmas time. There's no need to be afraid, or so the Band Aid lyrics start. Sadly, in today's world they express more an aspirational desire than an actual reality. Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Ebola outbreak give plenty of reason for fear.

As Winter Hits We Cannot Leave Syrian Children in the Cold

Michael Sheen | Posted 07.02.2015 | 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 13.04.2015 | 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 01.02.2015 | 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...