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2011–2012 Syrian uprising

The right to intervene

The Hindu - ‎1 hour ago‎
An uprising against the Libyan government in February 2011 provided the opportunity to test R2P. During the Yugoslavian war, the Kosovo Liberation Army had made it clear that they used their fighters in strategic ways so as to provoke a response from ...

Middle Eastern Writers Find Refuge in the Dystopian Novel

New York Times - ‎20 hours ago‎
Celebrated Egyptian novelists like Ahdaf Soueif and Mona Prince wrote firsthand nonfiction accounts of the 2011 protests in Tahrir Square.
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Barack Obama's Legacy: What Happened?

CounterPunch - ‎11 hours ago‎
All this was followed by a string of covert operations to overthrow governments, elected or not, and to impose regime changes in independent countries, such as in Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Honduras, Haiti, Somalia… etc. ... In foreign affairs, President ...

IS strikes in Assad heartland expose his and Russia's weakness in Syria

Middle East Eye - ‎May 27, 2016‎
Months after Russia spectacularly entered the Syrian conflict, Islamic State (IS) is still thumbing its nose at both Moscow and the Assad regime in murderous fashion.
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Rockets fired from Syria land near Turkish airport

Al-Arabiya - ‎May 28, 2016‎
Following the suicide bombings, ISIS militants entered Marea and fighting began inside the town, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based opposition media outfit that tracks Syria's civil war. The territorial gains around ...
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Syrian students finally sit exams after escaping IS clutches

Daily Mail - ‎May 26, 2016‎
In Hasakeh province, schools are run by either the government or Kurdish authorities who declared an autonomous region in areas under their control after the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Many of the students who travelled to the ...

Mercy beyond borders

New Straits Times Online - ‎May 29, 2016‎
With that in mind, Mercy Malaysia has set up operations in Rakhine, Myanmar, where a 30-year-old sectarian conflict took a turn for the worse in 2012, resulting in the Rohingya refugee crisis. For five years since the crisis began, the ... Besides ...

Jaber Al Azmeh – Border-lines

British Journal of Photography - ‎May 26, 2016‎
His previous series previous series Wounds (2012) tackled the emotional ramifications of the uprising in Syria, and Ba'ath (2014) addressed the lack of freedom speech as the conflict unfolded, ... la Syrie, Institute Du Monde Arabe, Paris, 2013 ...

Turkish president's blame game on refugees irritates the West

Hurriyet Daily News - ‎May 16, 2016‎
Between 2011 and 2014, this number was around 80,000 to 90,000 annually. As they are given permanent residency, which means they can bring their families, more Syrians will be going to Sweden to join their relatives. There are already as many or more ...
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Hezbollah and the Syrian Civil War: Hezbollah's Syria gamble

Journal of Turkish Weekly - ‎May 27, 2016‎
The Hezbollah leadership had consistently refused to admit its active interference in the Syrian Civil War between March 2011, when violent incidents have initially begun to occur, and the al-Qusayr offensive in April 2013. Hezbollah's practical ...

Syria regime relentless on siege of 'thorn in side' Daraya

Daily Mail - ‎May 22, 2016‎
The town was one of the first to erupt in demonstrations against the government -- and one of the first to be placed under a strict regime siege in late 2012. Despite appeals from its residents, the United ... When Syria's uprising began in 2011, the ...

Iraqi Army declares start of operation to liberate Fallujah's city center

Al-Arabiya - ‎May 28, 2016‎
Marea has long been considered a bastion of moderate Syrian revolutionary forces fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.
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Calm near Syrian capital as fighting freezes

Al-Arabiya - ‎May 24, 2016‎
Daraya was one of the first towns to erupt in anti-regime protests in 2011, and was one of the first areas to be placed under crippling government siege in late 2012. The US and Russia have both pushed for local truces as a way to bolster the ...
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Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood: The best of enemies?

Middle East Eye - ‎May 20, 2016‎
The Syrian crisis confused Iran and all organisations who claim some sort of affiliation with Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Commentary: Commander's death pulls Hezbollah deeper into Syria quagmire

Reuters UK - ‎May 20, 2016‎
Badreddine is the most senior Hezbollah official to be killed since the group sent thousands of fighters to Syria in 2012 to help save the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The support of Hezbollah and its main patron, Iran, has been crucial for ...
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Trauma and Deprivation Lead Syrian Youths to Extremist Groups, Says New Report

The Intercept - ‎May 19, 2016‎
Established by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri after the 2011 uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Jabhat al-Nusra is widely viewed as one of the most effective fighting forces on the ground against Assad's regime. “Many Syrians want to ...
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Islamic State strikes in Assad territory expose his and Russia's weaknesses

The Conversation UK - ‎May 24, 2016‎
Months after Russia spectacularly entered the Syrian conflict, Islamic State (IS) is still thumbing its nose at both Moscow and the Assad regime in murderous fashion.

Looting rife, heritage sites destroyed: The state of Syria's history

Middle East Eye - ‎May 20, 2016‎
Five of Syria's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Old Cities of Aleppo and Bosra, Krak des Chevaliers Crusader Castle, the Dead Cities of the north, and Palmyra - have suffered “significant damage” since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. That ...
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Turkey Makes a Dubious Host For Talks on Gender Equality

Newsweek - ‎May 21, 2016‎
As gender equality in crises features prominently on the agenda, Turkish women may wonder whether Turkey is a credible host to discuss topics like “stopping sexual violence” and “empowering women.

One in 8 UK militants prosecuted after returning from Syria, Iraq

Press TV - ‎May 23, 2016‎
Some 400 British citizens have reportedly traveled abroad since 2012 to join militant groups such as Daesh Takfiri group and al-Qaeda-affiliated ones and then moved back to the UK.