The series, commissioned as part of a fundraising campaign by CAFOD, the aid arm of the Catholic Church of England and Wales, was conceptualized by Mitidieri together with agency M&C Saatchi, London, to show the impact of war on individual families. It does so powerfully. The missing people in these images can’t be dismissed simply as “refugees:” They are fathers and mothers who will never see their kids again. They are children who will grow up as orphans, siblings who have been separated.
Turkish forces facilitated the transfer from one front to another over several nights, covertly escorting rebels as they exited Syria's Idlib governorate, travelled four hours across Turkey, and re-entered Syria to support the embattled rebel stronghold of Azaz, the sources said.
By Nick Cumming-Bruce and Rick Gladstone via The New York Times
More than 100 trucks laden with emergency food and medicine began deliveries on Wednesday to tens of thousands of desperate Syrians in five locations besieged for months by the civil war, United Nations officials and relief workers reported.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said Monday the Syrian Democratic Forces -- a U.S.-backed coalition of Kurdish, Arab and Assyrian rebel groups -- gained control over Tell Rifaat, which overlooks the junction of two main roads leading to Aleppo City.
By Nick Cumming-Bruce and Somini Sengupta via The New York Times
The United Nations World Food Program will start its first airdrops in Syria in coming days, relief officials said Thursday. The main focus is Deir al-Zour, an eastern Syrian city where more than 200,000 inhabitants are ringed by forces of the Islamic State, which has made land access impossible.
Saudi Arabia has said it is ready to participate in any ground operations in Syria that the U.S.-led alliance may decide to start. "This intervention, if it happened, would not provide much to the enemies of Islamic State ...," Islamic State said in an editorial on Tuesday carried by the group's al-Naba weekly newspaper, referring to President Bashar al-Assad, his Russian and Iranian allies and the U.S-led coalition.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has some tough words about Russia's involvement in Syria and the fallout for countries that do not help fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). "I've said this very bluntly to our overseas partners -- there can't be any free riders here ... because we're going to be on the winning side," Carter told "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose at the Pentagon Tuesday. "We'll remember who contributed and who didn't. And we aren't out to do people favors here and we're not asking for anybody to do us favors either, but people need to act in their own long-term interests so we'll remember."
Turkey on Thursday blamed Kurdish militants at home and in neighboring Syria for a deadly bombing in Ankara and it stepped up pressure on the U.S. to sever ties with the Syrian Kurdish militia that has been a key force against the Islamic State group in the complex Syrian conflict.
Today, the streets bustle. On the main road that runs through the town, Syrians buy from Syrian-owned shops and stalls and eat in Syrian cafes. Children work in the streets, shining shoes and selling food. The atmosphere has changed. And it’s hard to find many people who will talk ill of the Syrians in their town.