Syria

How Syria’s White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine

How Syria’s White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine

The Syrian volunteer rescue workers known as the White Helmets have become the target of an extraordinary disinformation campaign that positions them as an al-Qaida-linked terrorist organisation. The Guardian has uncovered how this counter-narrative is propagated online by a network of anti-imperialist activists, conspiracy theorists and trolls with the support of the Russian government (which provides military support to […]

Report details where ISIS gets its weapons

Report details where ISIS gets its weapons

By Jamie Crawford Washington (CNN)The majority of weapons used by ISIS since 2014 originated in China, Russia and Eastern Europe, according to a new report from a Belgian research group that studied the issue. Conflict Armament Research deployed a team of field investigators across ISIS frontline positions in both Iraq and Syria between July 2014 […]

ISIS weapons arsenal included some purchased by U.S. government

ISIS weapons arsenal included some purchased by U.S. government

LONDON — Some weapons bought by the U.S. military in 2015 ended up in the hands of Islamic State fighters within two months, according to a report released Thursday. The findings, by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an independent arms-tracking organization, are based on three years of meticulous documentation of weapons recovered from ISIS on the battlefields of […]

Deadly US air strike in Syria hit peaceful mosque

Deadly US air strike in Syria hit peaceful mosque

US forces failed to take necessary precautions before launching a lethal drone strike in northern Syria last month that hit a mosque full of worshipers, three separate investigations have revealed. Research by Human Rights Watch (HRW), London-based Forensic Architecture and open-source investigative unit Bellingcat reveal that US air strikes hit a western Aleppo mosque on March […]

US-led coalition air strike in Syria kills more than 30 people in school near Isis-held Raqqa, says human rights watchdog

US-led coalition air strike in Syria kills more than 30 people in school near Isis-held Raqqa, says human rights watchdog

At least 33 people have been killed in an air strike on a school sheltering displaced people near the Isis-held city of Raqqa, Syria, a monitoring group has said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was believed the US-led coalition had carried out the attack. Observatory activists counted at least 33 bodies […]

Record number of refugees opt to leave in 2016

Record number of refugees opt to leave in 2016

Nearly 55,000 migrants and refugees who were not eligible for or were likely to be denied asylum left Germany voluntarily in 2016, up by 20,000 from the number who left of their own volition in 2015, according to government officials. Germany has toughened its stance on immigration in recent months, prompted by concerns about security […]

Saudi collects 145 mln riyals for Syrians in 1 day

Saudi collects 145 mln riyals for Syrians in 1 day

The total amount of donations collected by the Saudi popular campaign to aid the Syrian people has so far reached 143,100,000 Saudi riyals, according to Dr. Abdullah al-Rabeeah, the general supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had initially launched this humanitarian aid campaign on Tuesday to collect 100 […]

Idlib overwhelmed by influx of Aleppo’s wounded

Idlib overwhelmed by influx of Aleppo’s wounded

When surgeon Mounir Hakimi operated on five-month-old Maram in the Syrian province of Idlib last week, the horrific extent of her injuries quickly became clear. “She lost both her parents in an air strike, has multiple fractures, a wound in her abdomen, and has lost lots of skin,” Hakimi told Al Jazeera. “We feared she might […]

Gaziantep University lets Syrians study in Arabic

Gaziantep University lets Syrians study in Arabic

Syrian refugee students now have the option to pursue their studies in Arabic while living in Turkey and resume classes from where they left off. Nearly 2,000 Syrians are taking classes at Gaziantep University near the border. “We’re trying to provide Syrian students with the necessary education and training in areas like engineering and medicine so they […]

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