Syrian Civil War

This Week's UN Refugees Summitry: A Missed Opportunity?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

The next few days provide an opportunity to make the step change the UNHCR has prematurely hailed in the way governments, working together, could make life easier for refugees and reduce the strain on the countries currently bearing the brunt. This requires collective political will and individual leadership from the government heads gathered in New York, but, as things stand, the odds are this chance is going to be missed.

Bands Of Children Are Setting Fire To Tyres To Stop Their City Being Bombed

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK

Children in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo are setting fire to tyres to create ‘no-fly zones’ for the planes trying to drop bombs on them. The...

The Media's Coverage of the War in Syria Distorts the True Nature of the Conflict for Ratings

Michael Day | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Michael Day

There is no way you can condense the war in Syria into a simplistic good guys versus bad guys narrative for the evening news or a tabloid opinion piece. No side has not suffered at the hands of others and no side has not caused any suffering for others.

David Cameron Is Shirking Responsibility Over Syria

Diane Abbott | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Turkey is currently hosting around two million refugees. Lebanon, a country half the size of Wales, is now hosting 1.2million Syrian refugees, more than the total number of refugees in Europe from any nationality. Amid this David Cameron assumes any contortion he can to try and keep Britain's doors closed to a meaningful number of people made refugees from the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. He says, with a straight face, that the "first choice" of Syrian refugees is to stay in tents in Turkey or in crowded tenements in Beirut.

EU Deal To Return Migrants To Turkey Decried As 'Dark Day For Humanity'

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK

A deal struck between the European Union and Ankara that allows Greece to return migrants arriving by boat from Turkey was decried on Friday as “a d...

The Root Cause of the EU Migrant Crisis as Well as of the 'Arab Spring' and the Rise of ISIS

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

"The days of irregular migration to Europe are over", announced European Council President Donald Tusk on 7 March 2016. If only this were true! Alas...

Paul Vale

Tory MP Chairing UN Security Council Links Isis To Instability | Paul Vale | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- French President Francois Hollande will land in the United States next week, having already travelled to Russia in the hope of building a ...

Carson Has Super Secret Intelligence That Proves China Is Fighting In Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics

The Chinese military is fighting in the Syrian civil war. That’s according to super secret files seen by Ben Carson, the current frontrunner in the ...

This Is Who Is Dying In The Syrian Civil War

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York & George Bowden | Posted 31.10.2015 | UK

The civil war in Syria has been raging for over four years now and has shown no signs of abating. An incredibly complex web of belligerents within ...

The World's Obsession With Rights Rather Than Responsibilities Is the Cause of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Tahir Nasser | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Tahir Nasser

A charter of Human Responsibilities rather than simply of Human Rights is, I believe, the next stage in establishing peace in society...

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 ...

As Harsh Winter Sweeps Accross the Region, Syrian Children Are in Dire Need of Our Help

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Though Syrians have braved three previous winters in conflict, conditions are much worse this year as this winter is expected to be the roughest. Heavy snow, high winds, and freezing rain are proving deadly for a small but rising number of Syrians, especially the children.

Why Did Jund Al-Aqsa Join Nusra Front in Taking Out 'Moderate' Rebels in Idlib?

Tam Hussein | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Tam Hussein

Not only is Jund's position indicative of its indignation towards SRF's questionable practices, but it's also a sign that US intervention is pushing other forces, whose goal was Assad, to take more hard line positions.

Overcoming the Past and Accepting Realities - The Necessary Evils to Defeat ISIS are Boots On The Ground in Iraq and a Diplomatic Channel With Assad

Daniel Marriott | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Marriott

Western foreign policy vis-à-vis Iraq & Syria is an incoherent and ineffective mess. It is becoming painfully obvious that the lazily sporadic Western/coalition air strikes in the two countries, particularly in Iraq, are proving ineffective at pushing back ISIS, let alone defeating it.

Video Captures Moment Israel Shoots Down A Syrian Jet For First Time In 30 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

A Syrian jet has been shot down by Israel for the first time in nearly 30 years after the plane strayed into its airspace, possibly by accident. Th...

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

LOOK: Savage Winter Storm Hits Syria's Civil War

Huffington Post UK | Chris York and Tahira Mirza | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The onset of winter and freezing snows adds yet another obstacle for the families affected by Syria's grim civil war to face. Surreal #photo!! Dest...

America Weak?: What Syria Calls a Victory Is Democracy in Action

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

What dictators in that region can't fathom is how a democracy works. How President Obama could back down on the use of force because the American people and their congressional representatives didn't want another Middle East war. Such populist power is unknown in Arab countries. Yet it would be a big mistake to hold the view the US has chickened -out of the fray.

Syrian Tension Sees Investors Seek Safe Havens

Jeremy Cook | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

With the spectre of a costly period of Western military intervention in both Afghanistan and Iraq still hanging over us, the prospect of another conflict in the Middle East, this time against the Syrian regime, has come too soon for many.

No Mr. Nice Guy, But Is Putin's Syria View More Realistic Than Obama's?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

If the US attacks Syria on its own, it won't be the first time in a solo operation after a British rejection. UK politicians have short memories when trumpeting the Special Relationship. Some may recall Bill Clinton's first foreign trip as President was to the UK to seek support for operations to end the bloodbath in Bosnia after four years of carnage and NATO/UN fence sitting.

Syria: Cameron Reminds Obama What Makes a Relationship Special is The Democratic Process

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

US-UK "Special Relationship" dead?... Hardly, since British Prime Minister David Cameron gave President Obama a gift that keeps on giving by letting Parliament decide if the UK would or wouldn't join America in attacking Syria. How's that a gift?

Monsters, Courage and Politics: Erdogan's Conundrum

Gil Kazimirov | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gil Kazimirov

Erdogan is a shrewd, mature politician, intimately acquainted with this and other tenets of international relations. With him as captain, Turkey re-emerged as a financial behemoth in the region and flexed its political muscle. Yet he failed to foresee the ultimate direction of his ship: a painful choice between Scylla and Charybdis, the two mythical sea monsters.

The Week That Was: Out in the Cold

Carla Buzasi | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

As the nation's weather men and women garner larger audiences than usual this weekend with the population gripped by forecasts of snow and ice, this week saw a harsh reminder of the impact of cold weather for those targeted by civil war. Give it a few days, and no doubt the caterwauling will start as trains get cancelled and roads blocked around the country. For Syria's refugees, transport delays are the least of their problems.

'The Past Is The Past'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK

Terry Waite has returned to Lebanon to meet representatives of the organisation responsible for his kidnap and torture 25 years ago. The 73-year-ol...

Thinking on Syria

Alexander Yakovenko | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Politics
Alexander Yakovenko

We know what happened in Afghanistan when the Soviet Union intervened there and the USA followed to support the other side. It was all done presumably for a good cause, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.