UK Syria

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. ...

Michael Fallon's Haunting Prediction If 'Lying' Russia Doesn't Stop Killing Syrians

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said Russia is "lying" when it claims it is not targeting civilians in Syria, warning that the bombarded city of ...

Syria: History's Verdict

Robin Lustig | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

I have been granted a sneak preview of a history book due to be published in 2061. In view of the latest headlines about a 'partial cessation of hostilities' agreement in Syria, I thought you might be interested to see it, so here's an extract:

This Brilliant Pub Fight Analogy Explains Why Refugees Don't Want To Fight In Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK

The situation is Syria is massively complex - numerous sides fighting each other for a myriad of different causes with civilians caught helplessly in ...

Katie Hopkins Gets Schooled On LBC By Syrian On 'Migrant Invasion'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK

Katie Hopkins has been schooled on how the mass sexual assaults in Cologne at New Year's were not the result of a "migrant invasion" by a Syrian man o...

Significant Support From Syria Donor Conference, But Political Solution Urgently Needed

Imran Madden | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Imran Madden

They deserve a better future wherever they are in exile and more importantly, prospects for a more peaceful future in their homeland. The international community must keep up the momentum after this conference and do everything they can to pursue a lasting political solution.

Supporting Syrians - Beyond the Pledges

Omar Ali | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Omar Ali

Preparation for the rebuilding of Syria must be on the agenda. Whilst it has been easy to regard the current crisis as political calamity, it is just as important to know that any future stability, peace and prosperity in the region rests upon humanity providing for the suffering people of Syria today - optimistically I hope, this vision is shared by parties that have pledged for Syria's future.

Highlighting the Religious Hypocrisy of ISIS

David Winston | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
David Winston

Despite constant coverage of ISIS, known by their Arabic name as Daesh, Western media has overlooked the fact that a large proportion of their victims are ordinary Sunni Muslims - the very people they claims to represent. By doing this they are unwittingly aiding the narrative that Daesh is representing all Muslims against the West.

Putin Thinks Turkey Is About To Launch A Ground War Into Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

Russia’s ministry of defence warned on Thursday that Turkey is preparing a ground invasion of Syria. According to Reuters, defence spokesman Igor Ko...

Words From Starving Refugees Remind Us What's At Stake At Today's Syria Conference

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

Stories from Syrians going hungry in refugee camps are a bitter reminder of why world leaders' peace talks for the country's civil war today are so es...