Syria in Crisis


A member of al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham watches men in a "tug of war" contest during an Islamic quiz and games contest in a public square in Raqqa, Sept. 25, 2013. (photo by REUTERS)

The Evolution of ISIS

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 | Translated from assafir

The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, appeared only recently in Syria but has been able to quickly eclipse other groups.

Syrian Refugees Now Equal One-Third of Lebanon’s Population

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent

US leads with assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon but budget battles and a lack of sufficient support from wealthy Arab states threaten to exacerbate Lebanon’s “existential” crisis.

Syria Kurdish Leader: Solution Must Include Assad

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 | Translated from taraf

Salih Muslim, co-chairman of the Syrian Kurdish PYD, said no solution can be reached in Syria without involving President Assad, and his exclusion would mean the death of 2 million Alawites.

Syria’s Race Against Time

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 | Al-Monitor Week in Review

UN-Arab League Joint Representative Lakhdar Brahimi presses for Geneva II, while Saudi women are on the road again.

Iraqi Shiites join Syria war

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 | Omar al-Jaffal, Contributor

Many Iraqi Shiites are joining the fight in Syria, by first receiving weapons training in Iran and then traveling to Lebanon, from where they are taken to Damascus by Hezbollah.

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