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VICE News

Assad's Forces Beat Back Syrian Rebels After Surprise Attack on Damascus

More bloodshed.
David Gilbert
3.20.17
Stuff

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.
Sulome Anderson
11.24.15
Stuff

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.
Natalie Valenzuela
10.13.14
News

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.
Charles Davis
8.12.14
VICE News

Fourteen Ukrainian Soldiers Died While Fighting Pro-Russia Separatists

And more bad news from across the world.
VICE Staff
5.24.14
Music

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...
Mat Nashed
4.22.14
News

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...
Oz Katerji
2.14.14
News

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.
Evan Helmuth
1.30.14
News

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
11.12.13
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
10.21.13
Stuff

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...
Gary Indiana
10.1.13
Stuff

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.
Carsten Stormer
9.27.13
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