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Horrifying Report Details Systematic Rape And Abuse Carried Out By Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK

Systematic rape, sexual and physical abuse, slavery and forced marriage are being carried out against Yazidi girls and women - some as young as 12 - b...

400 Drowned Fleeing Libya As Migrant Boat Capsizes

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK

Survivors of a capsized boat off Libya have told Save the Children that 400 people are believed to have drowned in one of the worst tragedies of Europ...

Easter Eggs, Humanitarian Catastrophies and Hard Choices

Johan Eldebo | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Johan Eldebo

It is uncomfortable to think about that the £787m we are about to spend on Easter eggs is the same amount as the total humanitarian needs for the Central African Republic and Afghanistan combined for a whole year (funded at 11% and 21% respectively).

Police Swoop In Dover For Six On Terrorism Offences

PA | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK

Six people have been arrested in Dover on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences, West Midlands Police said. The five men and one woman, who ar...

Son Of Labour Councillor Detained Trying To Cross Into Syria

PA | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK

One of the nine Britons detained in Turkey for allegedly trying to cross the border into Syria is the son of a Labour councillor, his father has confi...

Yet More Brits Arrested Trying To Cross Into Syria

PA | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK

Nine British nationals have been detained in Turkey after allegedly attempting to cross illegally into Syria. In a statement, the Turkish military ...

Teachers Are Worried Their Students Will Use Easter Break To Go On Jihad To Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Headteachers are worried their students will use the Easter holiday to go to Syria on jihad, but won't inform police for fear of criminalising their s...

World Leaders Hold Syrians' Lives in the Balance

Justin Forsyth | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

For the Sake of Syria, Aid Must Get Through

Mike Adamson | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK
Mike Adamson

Syria, when it does make the news, is seen in terms of battle lines and military strategies. When civilians are forced to flee, they go wherever they think they will be safest - but often their choice is misunderstood as a declaration of allegiance to one group or another.

Syria After Four Years: Back to the Dark Ages

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

It's worth remembering that the vast majority of horror-show videos from Syria in the last four years have shown atrocities coming from the government side. It seems we need a jolt to remind us of this. A "killer stat" (literally) like Ghadbian's. A sort of lightbulb moment. We need to shine a light on Syria.

The Revolution Betrayed

James Snell | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
James Snell

After the rejection by the British Parliament of intervention against Assad, he has been given free rein to destroy Syria and its people, creating devastation, chaos and a power vacuum. Into that gap stepped Islamic State, Iran and the Shia militias which have committed brutal and widespread crimes of their own.

'ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror' - Review

Tam Hussein | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

It is a rich and nuanced piece touching on all the points that the arrival of ISIS has raised in Syria and Iraq. Typos aside, this is an important contribution to the emerging literature on ISIS and will surely be on any academic reading list for years to come.

British Medical Students In ISIS Territory 'Want To Help, Not Fight'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK

Nine British medical students have travelled to Syria to help wounded people, they have told their families. Some of the parents of the five men an...

Jihadi Brother Banned From Travel To 'Protect Him From Himself'

PA | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK

A 16-year-old boy whose two elder brothers have been killed waging jihad in war-torn Syria has been barred by a High Court judge from travelling abroa...

Stunning Images Show Life In Aleppo After Four Years Of Devastating Conflict

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK

As Syria's national conflict enters its fourth year, we take a look at some recent pictures showing life in the embattled city of Aleppo. When upri...

Turkish Police Swoop On British Teen Trio Headed For Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK

Three British teenagers who are believed to have been travelling to Syria were detained by officials in Turkey, police said. The trio, a man of 19 ...

Syria: 'Doing What We Can, With What We've Got, Where We Are'

Gareth Bayley | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

There is no imminent solution. Some brave, determined Syrians are digging in for the long haul, soberly measuring out the remainder of this conflict in multiples of five years.That doesn't work for me, nor for the team I lead across Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. We are focused on how we can help right here, right now.

The Video Which Shows Three British Schoolgirls Taking Minivan To Join ISIS

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK

A video has emerged that appears to show a man helping three British schoolgirls on their way to Syria from Turkey. The footage is believed to show...

Syria Crisis: Why Aid Is Vital but Not Enough

Saleh Saeed | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Saleh Saeed

All we can do is continue to provide lifesaving aid and push for solutions, despite the challenges stacked against us. It's important to recognise what we are able to achieve - the international community must keep investing in humanitarian relief and striving for a sustainable peace.

Whilst the Adults Continue to Fight in Their Country, Syria's Children Deserve a Future

Rob Williams | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Rob Williams

Whilst War Child works desperately hard to raise the money we need to keep our education work going in Jordan, the United Nations have received zero % of the money they have appealed for to pay for education of Syrian children. Of all the statisitics I might give you to explain the human tragedy caused by the Syrian conflict, this is the most eloquent, and the most disturbing.

Islamic State's Latest Executioner Is A Small Child

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK

The Islamic State has posted a video online purporting to show a young boy killing an Israeli-Arab accused of spying for Mossad. The video shows the y...

This Is What Three Schoolgirls Packed To Take To Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK

Three schoolgirls bought make-up and underwear, and carefully crafted a list of items worth more than £2,000 to flee to Syria, with their families in...

Ex-Police Officer Slams 'Toxic' Anti-Terror Strategy: 'Muslims See It As Spying'

PA | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK

A former senior Muslim police officer has said the Government's anti-radicalisation 'Prevent' strategy is "a toxic brand". Dal Babu, who was a chie...

Terrorism Is Created By Climate Change Says Russell Brand

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK

Russell Brand poses an intriguing question in his latest online news broadcast, musing: “ISIS vs climate change – which kills more?” As Bran...

Britain's Problem With Islam

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

Modern Britain has a problem with Islam. This may not come as much of a surprise to some readers. For many in Britain, Islam is considered an isolating force, and its followers are somehow externalised from British identity, regardless of their birthplace or what passport they hold...