Assad's Forces Beat Back Syrian Rebels After Surprise Attack on Damascus
What We Can Learn from the Middle East's Mid-Century 'Golden Age'
Many of my family and friends look back on the region's cultural glory days of the 50s and 60s with longing—but that era also contained the seeds of terror, war, and sectarianism.
Meet the YouTube Sensation Who Predicts Syria’s Future
We talked to Syrian Girl, who posts hit YouTube videos defending Bashar al Assad and predicting Syria's future.
America Helped Make the Islamic State
While America pats itself on the back for taking on Islamic militants in Iraq, it's worth remembering that it's fighting a monster of its own creation.
Fourteen Ukrainian Soldiers Died While Fighting Pro-Russia Separatists
And more bad news from across the world.
Forging Unity in Syria with Music
With more than 145,000 people dead and 2.7 million Syrians displaced since the beginning of the crisis, music has, like many aspects of life, become an instrument of resistance and war. But while artists from all circles propagate support for the...
The Syrian Regime Is Using DIY Barrel Bombs Against Its Citizens
With dozens of fatalities attributed to these bombs on a daily basis, the Syrian Air Force seems to have found itself a successful and low-cost tool for causing widespread destruction in opposition-controlled areas. I caught up with munitions expert...
Famine Is Being Used as a Weapon of War in Syria
Last September, an 18-month-old girl named Rana starved to death in the Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya. Her mother, Um Bilal, had watched helplessly for months as her child grew thinner and thinner, unable to do anything to ease her suffering.
How Jihadists Are Blackmailing, Torturing, and Killing Gay Syrians
There have been numerous eyewitness reports and video evidence of medieval-style punishments and brutal executions being meted out by the Islamists on members of minority religious groups, secularists, and people accused of blasphemy.
Hannah Lucinda Smith
The Holding Court Issue
Strolling the Champs-Élysées with 120,000 Syrian Refugees
On August 21, Mohamed watched rockets fly over his village outside Damascus. Rumors spread that the rockets had been loaded with sarin nerve gas. When he returned home, two of his children were dead. Mohamed left Syria, and five days later, I met him...
Robert King as Told to Rocco Castoro and Angelina Fa
Reptile Commanders from Planet Debby
For anyone cognizant of Vladimir Putin’s backstory, his intrusion on the Syria matter has been one of those paradoxical demonstrations that “a stopped clock is right twice a day,” or the arguably more salient truism that “50 percent of what any...
Dodging Bullets with Syrian Rebels Who Love Soccer and Adolf Hitler
I spent a week living with the Free Syrian Army just north of Damascus.