Yet in the 18 months since Higgins had begun blogging about Syria, his barebones site, Brown Moses, had become the foremost source of information on the weapons used in Syria’s deadly war. Using nothing more sophisticated than an Asus laptop, he had uncovered evidence of weapons imported into Syria [...]
On November 3, 2013, Christian figures from around the Middle East gathered in Beirut to hold an emergency meeting. Most of them came from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq, seeking to create a dynamic to improve and reinforce the defenses of Arab Christians, who are currently being persecuted by radical Islamists in their own countries.
Moscow now fears that hundreds of Russian-born militants it says are fighting in Syria will return experienced in warfare to join an insurgency in Dagestan and its other North Caucasus provinces by militants fighting for an Islamic state.
Violence in the region claims lives almost daily. Fifteen men from Novosasitli alone have died in shootouts [...]
The United Nations estimates that around 9.3 million people in Syria or about 40 per cent of the population need humanitarian assistance, the UN humanitarian office said.
“The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly and inexorably,” UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the UN Security Council behind closed doors, according to her spokeswoman [...]
Polio has appeared in Syria for the first time in a decade—and the U.N. is scrambling to vaccinate millions of children in neighboring countries to contain the threat of a widespread epidemic.
The U.N. and the Lebanese government are now in the process of setting up vaccination stations at all Lebanon-Syria border points and [...]
The fragmentation of the Syrian state is rapidly spilling over the country’s borders. Lebanon, in particular, is facing the prospect of unprecedented state disintegration, and of the unravelling of its system of uneasy sectarian coexistence. This is by far Lebanon’s deepest crisis since the end of the 15-year civil war that [...]
The war in Syria continues to spill over into Lebanon. The Lebanese government has been unable to form a government since April.
The Syrian war has caused 2 million people to flee into neighboring countries and exacerbated regional sectarian divides.
The spillover from the fragmentation of the Syrian state is causing “Lebanon’s deepest crisis since [...]
But there’s a sense that the situation is getting more unstable. At least 10,000 Syrian Armenian refugees have been displaced to Armenia because of the Syrian civil war. Some families have settled in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of settling them there deliberately.
Syrian refugees have been settled in a disputed region between Armenia and Azerbaijan which are located in the South Caucasus. They managed to escape one big problem only to be plopped down right in the middle of another one.
The Mardyans are among 10,000 war refugees in the area. A century after finding refuge in [...]
A few decades from now, nations in the Middle East and North Africa could face potentially catastrophic water shortages that could pose an even greater challenge than the upheavals gripping Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, and elsewhere.
Historically, the region’s population has been small enough to get by with a very limited water [...]