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Syria: Five Years of War and Abandonment

Luke Browne | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Luke Browne

Five years ago, on 14 March 2011, the cities of Aleppo and Damascus witnessed a rare sight: hundreds of people on the streets, calling for democratic ...

Even 5 Years Of Conflict Can't Stop These 9 Young Syrian Refugees Hoping For A Better Future

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Five years after war broke out in Syria, the lives of the country's children are still on hold. Many have had to drop out of school, because there sim...

Syria, Five Years On: Building Peace in the Midst of War

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.

Long-Term Health Support More Vital Than Ever on Fifth Anniversary of Syrian Conflict

Chris Roles | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Chris Roles

As the Syrian conflict enters its sixth year Age International and our partners are stepping up work among older refugees in Lebanon, helping even mor...

Five Years of Failure - Europe's Shameful Response to the Syria Crisis

Mike Noyes | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

Today marks five years since the start of the conflict in Syria, a grim anniversary of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 11million Syrians (half of Syria's pre-war population) have been killed or forced to flee their homes. At the current rate, Syria - one of the cradles of civilization - will be on the brink of extinction in just five years' time. And yet the world has largely stood by, watching with apathy at the sidelines while Syria is destroyed and thousands of Syrians die or brave the European seas to escape the place they once called home.

The Road to Damascus

Rachel Lees | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Rachel Lees

I never made it to Damascus to finish my studies and graduate... The terrifying war that had erupted since I started meant that there was no way I could guarantee what would happen if I made the ten-hour journey from my home town back to the capital.

Opportunity Over Hopelessness: Syrian Women's Impact on Peace

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Syrian women's participation in building peace is not just about seats in Geneva but must reach out to a broad and diverse range of women's groups working with Syrian women affected by the conflict, providing both humanitarian assistance and long-term support to help women's economic and social participation. Simply put, stronger women build stronger nations.

Five Years of War and Heartbreak: Why We All Must Do More to Keep Syria's Children Safe

Michael Sheen | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Michael Sheen

Five years, for any child, feels like a lifetime. For the millions of Syrian children whose lives have been turned upside down by the conflict, these last five years must have felt even longer than that. The conflict in Syria has now raged for half a decade, and in this time the millions of children affected have had to deal with more suffering and heartbreak than most of us will ever experience. The conflict has placed millions of children in terrible danger, and sadly a real end to the turmoil still seems a distant prospect. More than eight million Syrian children are now in urgent need of humanitarian aid in what is the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

As Many As 64 People With Links To Britain Reportedly Among IS File 'Gold Mine'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 13.03.2016 | UK

As many as 64 British people or people with links to Britain have been reportedly identified among thousands of Islamic State files. The files, whi...

We Can't Ignore the Kurds Fighting Alongside Violent Extremist Groups

Tanya Silverman | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

The challenge of understanding "who's fighting who" in the conflict in Syria and Iraq has led to a simplified representation of the Kurds solely taking up arms against ISIS. Kurdish groups such as the People's Protection Units (YPG) have indeed proved worthy adversaries to this Islamist extremist group and as allies to the US. However, scores of Iraqi Kurds are also fighting alongside violent extremist groups.

The Waugh Zone March 11, 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday March 11, 2016… 1) ACTION DAN Dan Jarvis’s speech on the economy yesterday wasn’t earth-shatt...

For Peace in Syria, Arbitrary Detention Must End

Gareth Bayley | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

In Syria, massive and systematic violence continues to take place out of sight, in centres of detention away from the war's frontlines. The release of arbitrarily held detainees, including women and children, would be an opportunity to signal a desire to change the status quo and to demonstrate a real willingness to solve the conflict politically.

Army Begs People Not To Fall For Story About Refugee Swimming To France With A Pot Noodle

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK

A beleaguered army regiment has implored people to be more alert to spoof stories after an "absolutely ridiculous" article claiming soldiers were bein...

Nanny Accused Of Severing Child's Head 'Did It As Revenge For Syria'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK

A Russian nanny accused of severing the head of a four-year-old girl in her care and holding it aloft has said she killed the child to avenge Muslims ...

@UKagainstDaesh: Modernity's Answer to 'Make Do and Mend'

Gabriel Webber | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

At the same time as British forces were launching offensives against key Isis targets in Syria, social media junkies in Whitehall were launching the a...

Here's What Syrian Refugee Children Want To Be When They're Older

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Syrian children were asked to draw their dreams for the future as a message to world leaders to secure a future with education. The messages are pa...

Isis Are Attacking More Countries Than Paris

Jess Readett | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Readett

If you genuinely care about the victims of ISIS then don't just care for the white dead ones. Care for the ones washing up on the shores of Calais, for the ones seeking asylum across Europe and for the ones our government will strike as 'collateral damage'. Don't bullshit with white washed sincerity and empty paragraphs that are little more than a jump on to the bandwagon.

Putin Can Conquer Syria but He Can't Hold It: How Russian 'Victory' Could Turn Into a Quagmire

Michael Day | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK
Michael Day

The streets of Britain will be less rather than more safe if Assad achieves a 'victory' over the rebels. Isis will have a powerful new recruiting tool and tensions between the Sunni and Shia communities in the UK, may reach the level of tension of that between Muslim and Jewish communities.

'Bad News' Stories Were 'Buried' By EU Drama

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk and Ned Simons | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics

The Government has been accused of using the historic start of Britain’s EU referendum to “bury” bad news, as it faced a wave of potential crise...

Will Islamist Extremism Force China To Fight In Syria?

Tanya Silverman | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Beijing's involvement in the Syrian conflict (seemingly, the "world's conflict") has so far concentrated on military and financial support to Bashar al-Assad. But, the People's Republic of China's reluctance to join the fight is being tested by reports of Muslim Uighur's making their way to join the multi-national ranks of ISIS.

How Much More Political Rubble in Syria?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

I still remember those young days when my maternal grandfather Ohan Tabourian used to start his early mornings by carrying his battery-fed transistor ...

Exclusive: Missile That Was UK's Reason For Going Into Syria Hasn't Hit An ISIS Militant

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics

The RAF's celebrated Brimstone missile system has yet to kill or wound a single Isis terrorist in Syria since MPs controversially voted to support bom...

Isis Fighters Receive Salary Cuts And Slumping Morale After Airstrikes

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK

The so-called Islamic State has been forced to slash salaries to its fighters and has even asked Raqqa residents to pay utility bills in black market ...

The Coalition Forces Need to Do More to Prevent Helpless Civilians From Falling Victim to Airstrikes Against Hospitals in Syria

Carl Sacklen | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carl Sacklen

We are all part of this conflict. Just because it happened to be Russian planes, this time, doesn't mean that France, the US and the UK can just let it happen. Bomb ISIS targets, yes, but don't touch civilians. It's not collateral damage when (according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) 1000 civilians, including 200 children, have already been killed since September 2015 by Russian planes.

Airstrikes Destroy Makeshift Hospital In Northern Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK

A makeshift hospital has been destroyed by a suspected Russian airstrike in Syria, killing at least ten people and wounding dozens more on Monday. ...