Articles tagged with: Syria

Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Wednesday, 6 Aug, 2014

Aleppo’s Real-Life Soap Opera

As the Syrian conflict drags into its fourth year it is disappearing from the world’s television screens. New crises in Gaza, Ukraine and Libya have pushed Syria’s war down the news agenda, and the messy dynamics between the government, the rebels and the Islamists mean it is almost impossible for foreign journalists to report on the ground. But a team of actors and producers in rebel-held Aleppo have brought the grisly realities of the war to a new audience. Banned in Syria was a Ra...

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Soner Cagaptay
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on : Wednesday, 9 Jul, 2014

Yesterday’s Enemies, Tomorrow’s Friends?

When I visited Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in 2007, my host, a leading Kurdish official, asked me when Turkey was going to invade the KRG. Today, the world has seen a 180-degree shift, and the question now is if the KRG will cut ties with Baghdad and seek to shelter under a Turkish umbrella, and if the Syrian Kurds could follow suit. The recent developments in Iraq and Syria have transformed those countries’ politics irrevocably, and with that, the relatio...

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Antonia Roupell
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on : Tuesday, 1 Jul, 2014

Nowhere to Call Home

“We are invisible here,” says Abu Leila, a Syrian refugee, as he stood in front of the ashes of his former camp. Like countless others, he and his family have fled the war ...

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Emma Pearson and Katie Welsford
on : Tuesday, 24 Jun, 2014

A Matter of Business in Syria

In a small, cramped room in the suburbs of Amman, a Homsi family of four gathers around two posters stuck to the white wall. The posters show downtown Homs—aerial photographs...

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Thomas W. Lippman
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on : Wednesday, 18 Jun, 2014

The Water’s Edge

In Saudi Arabia, the “desert kingdom,” Prince Mohammed Al-Faisal was a pioneer in the quest for new sources of water. The prince, a son of King Faisal, was a founder of the cou...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Saturday, 14 Jun, 2014

Syria Speaks

When the revolution broke out in Syria, most Western media welcomed it as a genuine revolt of the people against an oppressive dictatorship. More than three years on, that narr...

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Lauren Williams
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on : Thursday, 12 Jun, 2014

Lessons from a Captor

The flow of foreign jihadists into Syria has become a worrying problem. Over a year ago, the rate at which they were entering the country had surpassed that witnessed during the Af...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Wednesday, 11 Jun, 2014

The Flower Seller of Aleppo

“Flowers, I love flowers!” exclaims Krikor. “I used to skip school so I could go and pick flowers. Everyone in Aleppo knew me by my nickname—I was Krikor, the flowe...

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Emma Pearson and Katie Welsford
on : Sunday, 8 Jun, 2014

Syria’s Doctors in Crisis

It was February 18, 2012, when Mohamad Osama Al-Baroudi disappeared. Dragged out of his Damascus clinic by security agents, the thirty-seven-year-old gastroenterologist from Ha...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Friday, 6 Jun, 2014

ISIS bolsters presence in eastern Syria, advances towards Iraq

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to gain ground in eastern Syria, raising fears that the Al-Qaeda-inspired group in Syria will be able...

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