UK Syria

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.

IS 'Captures 230 Civilians,' Including Scores Of Women And Children

The Huffington Post UK | Alex Longman | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK

At least 230 civilians, including 45 women and 19 children, were abducted by Islamic State fighters following the capture of the Syrian town of al-Qar...

Syria: Assad-Iran's Faustian Pact with ISIS

Nehad Ismail | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK
Nehad Ismail

ISIS has been criticized for its attacks on civilians and rival opposition groups. It has rarely targeted the Assad's regime and not a single barrel bomb has been dropped by the regime on ISIS.

This Islamic State 'Price List' For Females Is Genuine, Says The UN

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK

A ’price list’ for Yazidi and Christian females as young as one, written by the so-called Islamic State (IS), has been confirmed as genuine by a U...

This Couple Fed 4,000 Syrian Refugees...In The Middle Of Their Wedding

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK

A wedding banquet with friends and family may be the traditional way to celebrate following the ceremony - but one couple decided to invite some rathe...

Unintentional Radicalisation Is A Thing, And It Can Tear Families Apart

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK

A powerful video appearing to show a British man who has joined the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria has been released to urge Muslims not to let...

Cameron's Confused Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Alistair Burnett | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

This complexity doesn't brook simple solutions. It also requires greater honesty and self-awareness from western politicians, like David Cameron and Manuel Valls, of the impact of past and present policy on Muslims - both at home and abroad.

ISIS, The Not So Lone Wolf

Joshua Virasami | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Citizens of Kobane in the refugee camps, Suruç "I am saying this to the whole world: We will never allow the establishment of a state on our southe...

A Subterranean Playground Keeps Syrian Children Safe From Shelling

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK

Children in Damascus are able to play safely from the shelling in the streets above thanks to an underground playground constructed by activists. The ...

50th Briton Dies While Fighting For Islamic State In Syria

PA | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK

The last of a group of young men who travelled from Portsmouth to fight with the Islamic State has died, according to reports - the 50th Briton killed...

Jihadist Youth: Look to UK Parents

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
Dan Ehrlich

The job the PM has is to convince the Muslim community, especially parents, that integration into UK society is the best way to protect their children. Does the UK now need a US style pledge? It couldn't hurt.

MPs 'In The Dark' Over British Pilots In Syria Attacks

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has been forced to confirm five British pilots have been involved in carrying out air strikes in Syria amid "anger" f...

Into the Black: Channel 4's 'Escape From Isis'

Neil Durkin | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

The lined, worried face of Khaleel al-Dakhi, the stark beauty of the purple-flowered landscape through which his team drive - flatlands beneath mountains and then spooky mountain roads littered with burnt-out cars. It all begins to hit you.

Despite That Vote Not To Bomb Syria, British Pilots Are Actually Bombing Syria

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK

A Tory MP has accused the government of being deceitful after it was revealed that British pilots have carried out military air strikes on Syria. T...

The Waugh Zone July 17, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday July 17, 2015... 1) EARN AFTER READING Caught between a rising prison population an...

Like Father, (Not Quite) Like Son: Bashar Al-Assad's Terrible 15 Years

Gareth Bayley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

There is a great Arabic proverb: 'farkh al-bat awwam'. In English, 'the son of a duck, floats', or, 'like father, like son'. In Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's case, Mr al-Assad doesn't so much float as sink like a stone... Fifteen years ago today, Bashar 'inherited' the rule of Syria from his father, who, to be clear, wasn't much of a floater himself. Fifteen years on, Bashar has practically destroyed the country.

The Common Struggle With the Kurds Against Isis

Gary Kent | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The tenth anniversary of the 7/7 Al Qaeda bombings, in which 52 people were slaughtered in London, coincided last week with the Kurdistan Regional Gov...