Syrian Opposition groups have opposed the brutal Assad regime for years but came together and swelled in numbers in 2011... So just who are the Syrian Moderate Opposition now? What do they want and who are they fighting? Below we attempt to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the Syrian Moderate Opposition.
Conflict in the Middle East and the emergence of ISIL has led to the displacement of millions who seek sanctuary from violence. It was right that world leaders turned their attentions to this human tragedy. However, although Middle East conflicts have reached our own borders in a dramatic manner, we should not forget the horrors of violence further afield.
In a world so afflicted by conflict, extremism, and displacement, we cannot rely only on the ripples of hope sparked by the extraordinary acts of ordinary people. We need the full strength of our collective action and the political courage of the leaders of the international community. Anniversaries, after all, must count for more than the passing of years. They must be the moment for us to turn words into action.
The truth is, I don't know what the hell to think. I don't want to drop bombs that kill innocent civilians. At the moment I can't see how more bombs upon bombs would help. But I also think sitting doing nothing is not an option either. I've spoken to Syrian constituents of mine who think the UK should take military action. I've also read accounts of Syrian children scared of the sky. For every action a perfect and equal opposite reaction. What galls me about this more than anything, is that my role in this, my vote, my shuffle through the lobby is so widely discussed and dissected in the media, by my party, by their party by people in the country and it is all still speculation. No vote has been called. No discussion has been had.
Today is international Day of the Girl and I am already anticipating the voices of doubt that will question why we celebrate - and sound the alarm - over global girls' rights so loudly each year. And they will question why, this year in particular, the Day of the Girl shines a spotlight on adolescent girls.
A new UK asylum strategy must treat every asylum seeker on their merits, and ensure that Britain plays its full part in a humane international response to the global refugee crisis. We need early confirmation of both. The Prime Minister is fond of saying that Britain should use 'head and heart' to shape our refugee policy. We agree. There is no place for scare-mongering, or arbitrary limits on our compassion.
Tackling FGM might be a slow and long process, but with every lesson learned we'll get a little bit further towards our goal. It's comforting to see the willingness among all agencies in this country to end new cases of FGM. We are certainly going in the right direction, yet we need to ensure that all the willingness and commitment is not just talk...
This time it's not Crimea or Ukraine but President Bashar Hafez al-Assad's Syria where Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun to establish his very own 'Caliphate' in the Middle East. And because he has 'The Bomb' nations stand by helplessly as he defiantly ignores their condemnation and doesn't even wait to see if anyone will lift a finger to stop him.
It comes down to this: should the UK use what little international influence it still has to encourage the resumption of international peace talks - and could David Cameron and Philip Hammond bring themselves to champion the cause of the EU as an essential part of the mix? Or would they rather ask the House of Commons to approve RAF bombing raids in Syria, even though they must know full well that a few more bombs - even if they carry "Made in Britain" markings - are unlikely to make a blind bit of difference?