UK Syria

Why So Keen to Draw Us Into Syrian War?

David Fearnhead | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
David Fearnhead

I'm not denying that the war in Syria is a hell on earth for it's citizens, or that there have been war crimes committed against them. Though I suspect our government's push for arms sales to Syrian opposition forces may have less to do with the atrocities and inequalities of a foreign war and more to do with financial concerns closer to home.

Flawed Logic in Decision to Lift Syria Arms Embargo

Dr Christopher Phillips | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Christopher Phillips

Britain's policy is fraught with further risks. Weapons could end up in the wrong hands. While Hague insists recipients will be carefully vetted to ensure they are 'moderate', there is no guarantee they will not radicalize in the future.

A Humanitarian 'Proxy War' in Syria?

Dr Jonathan Gilmore | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Jonathan Gilmore

For over two years now, European policymakers have struggled to provide a coherent response to the convulsion of violence that has befallen Syria. As with Libya in 2011, much of the debate has centred on the question of what role European states should play in protecting vulnerable civilians beyond our borders.

Russian Weapons For Assad 'Arrive In Syria'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK

Syria has taken delivery of weapons from Russia, it has been reported. Britain described Moscow’s actions as ‘unhelpful’, coming after the Eu...

Britain's Role in the Syrian Conflict - Perfidious Albion Redux

John Wight | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The lifting of the EU arms embargo to Syria at the behest of the British and French governments marks a new low in the blood soaked histories of both nations when it comes to their role in the region

Russia To Go Ahead With Arms Delivery To Syria 'To Deter Foreign Hot Heads'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK

Russia has said it will continue with its delivery of state-of the art anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, insisting that the weapons will help "stabilis...

Ned Simons

Arming Syrian Opposition 'Beggars Belief', Senior MP Warns

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics

Any move to arm the Syrian opposition by the West would dangerously escalate the violence in the region and risk weapons falling into militant extremi...

My Nephew, The Volunteer

Farah Maria-Rahman | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK
Farah Maria-Rahman

23 May, 2013, Idlib, Syria. A young British-Asian Muslim from Willesden dies while working in a field hospital. Dr Isa Abdur Rahman was volunteering as a doctor in a country where medics treating civilians have been tortured and killed. Hospitals are routinely attacked and there is a dire shortage, therefore, of medical staff willing to work under such circumstances. Isa was my nephew. He was 26. His name means 'Jesus', who is also named as a prophet in the Quran. In the Quran, Jesus' death is different but he still dies a young man striving for good. Isa felt this was his 'jihad', his 'struggle for good'.

EU WILL Lift Arms Embargo To Supply Syria Rebels

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK

William Hague has hailed the EU's "right decision" to end the embargo on supplying arms to opposition forces in Syria, despite fears from British poli...

'How Long Can We Go On?'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK

Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that extremism in Syria could flourish if the European Union refuses to ease an arms embargo preventing the...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: To Chillax Or Not To Chillax?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on (Bank Holiday) Monday 27 May 2013... 1) TO CHILLAX OR NOT TO CHILLAX? The Sun has a pretty striking front pa...

UK To Push For Syrian Arms Embargo To Be Lifted

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK

The UK will push for the European Union's arms embargo on Syria to be lifted to enable the potential supply of weapons to forces fighting against Bash...

A Mother's Concern for Her Children in Domiz Refugee Camp for Syrians

Wendy Bruere | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

Last week we had the first UNICEF National Committee ("NatCom" in UNICEF speak) visit to Iraq in over 10 years. They came to see Domiz refugee camp and gather materials for their fundraising efforts - professional photos, video footage, interviews.

Friends Mourn London Doctor Killed In Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK

A young London doctor has died in Syria after government forces shelled the temporary medical centre he was working in, according to a Syrian human ri...

Syria: A Regional World War

Giovanni Vimercati | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Politics
Giovanni Vimercati

The recent Israeli air strikes are a further blow to any hope of "peaceful" resolution and a potential call to arms for the Obama administration that has so far refused to send troops to Syria.

Blowing Up the Nusra Front

Tam Hussein | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

In the past two years, Western media coverage has focused on the growing popularity of Salafist jihadi groups like the Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nusra) in Syria. These groups have become both an argument to intervene militarily, as well as a reason to stay out.

Falafel Stands and Beauty Salons: Creating Glimpses of a Normal Life in the Domiz Refugee Camp

Wendy Bruere | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

This past week I've had the chance to meet and talk with a lot of people in Domiz camp. Adults at the camp are rarely as blunt as the kids, and nearly always tell me things are okay, and services are alright.

"We Wish Stability Would Return to Syria So We Could Go Back Home"

Wendy Bruere | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

In the year since Domiz refugee camp opened, it has grown to the size of a small city. 40,000 people live here; nearly 40 times the population of the country town Yea, where I grew up in Australia.

Syria's Lost Generation

Ben Acheson | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

War still rages in Syria - a fact that we are too quick to forget. The second birthday of the crisis has long passed and resolution doesn't appear to be on the horizon. When Syria-related news does reach our media outlets and Twitter feeds, it usually focuses on chemical weapons or possible intervention by the US. There is little talk of the abhorrent humanitarian crisis, which deteriorates daily.

Benefit of Wars: Their Lessons for Syria

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

In the coming weeks UN, NATO, EU, USA, Russia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and many others will have intense debates on what to do. Will the talking heads finally reach common ground and start acting accordingly? Stopping this war, is it really too complex, as many people tend to think? I don't think so.

Syrian Conflict Makes a Mockery of the International Community

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ajmal Masroor

I believe Syria will be free soon, but the price they will have paid will be huge. And we will pay a massive price too if we stay silent about it. You can donate generously for the rehabilitation of the Syrian people, but more importantly you can lobby your MP and put pressure on the government to help resource the opposition.

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks ANOTHER Newspaper's Twitter Feed

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Tech

The Financial Times has become the latest media outlet to be hacked by the pro-Assad regime 'Syrian Electronic Army'. The group of hackers has clai...

Syrian Rebel Leader Filmed Eating Soldier's Lung Has No Regrets & Promises More Slaughter (GRAPHIC VIDEO, PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK

The Syrian rebel commander filmed biting into a dead soldier’s lung has insisted he has no regrets. The clip, which was verified by Human Rights...

'Eating Heart' Video Draws Criticism From Foreign Office

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK

The Foreign Office responded to a video of an opposition fighter committing an act of "barbarism" on a Syrian pro-government soldier by stressing the ...

Syrian Rebel Filmed Cutting Out And 'Eating' Soldier's Heart (GRAPHIC VIDEO, PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Syrian Rebel Leader Filmed Eating Soldier's Lung Has No Regrets & Promises More Slaughter (GRAPHIC VIDEO, PICTURES) Footage of a Syrian reb...