Satellite images capture how the lights have gone out in Syria

Mar 12, 2015

Satellite images capture how the lights have gone out in Syria

Over the four years that researcher Xi Li has watched Syria’s civil war unfold through nighttime satellite imagery, he has seen the pinpricks of light that dotted the north and east fade and the Mediterranean coast darken until 83 percent of the country’s lights ...

Graphic torture photos from Syria on display at United Nations

Mar 11, 2015

Graphic torture photos from Syria on display at United Nations

Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States are holding an exhibit at the United Nations of graphic photos taken in Syria by a former military police photographer that show what appear to be evidence of brutal torture. About two dozen of ...

Syria's slide from protests to all-out civil war

Mar 10, 2015

Syria's slide from protests to all-out civil war

Abed Hakawati spends his days in a devastated, rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo, writing graffiti on the walls to remind residents and rebels alike of the original goals of the uprising that erupted four years ago: “Freedom, dignity and social equality.” The 37-year-old, once an ...

Are European fears of the Islamization grounded in reality?

Mar 10, 2015

Are European fears of the Islamization grounded in reality?

The headlines would suggest Europe is under siege: Thousands of Germans march against the continent’s “Islamization.” French readers flock to read a novel about a Muslim president who imposes Shariah law on their country. Commentators warn darkly about an encroaching age of “Eurabia” in ...

Mar 10, 2015

'Britain's white jihadi' a teen from Australia: report

A Westerner pictured alongside Islamic State group fighters and dubbed “Britain’s white jihadi” is in fact an Australian teenager who converted to Islam, a report said Monday. A photo of the meek-looking youth, holding a rifle and sitting in between two jihadis with a ...

Mar 10, 2015

Syria's 4-year march toward destruction

It began in March 2011 with a few words spray-painted on a schoolyard wall: “Your turn is coming, doctor.” The doctor in question was Syrian President Bashar Assad, a trained ophthalmologist whose family has ruled the country for more than 40 years. Inspired by ...

Mar 10, 2015

Sponsor nations hope to shame Syria with graphic photo exhibit at U.N.

With the U.N. Security Council blocked from taking strong action against Syria, the United States and other nations are hoping to shame Damascus by sponsoring a graphic photo exhibit of detainees who have died in President Bashar Assad’s prisons since the country’s conflict began ...

Mar 2, 2015

U.S.-backed Syria rebel group dissolves itself after losses

One of the main western-backed rebel groups announced on Sunday that it had dissolved itself and joined a larger Islamist alliance, weeks into a battle that saw it lose ground and men to more powerful al Qaeda insurgents. Hazzm is one of the last ...