27 February 2016


These striking family portraits show the lost members of Syrian refugee families

By Annalisa Merelli via Quartz

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.

"Syria Suffering" by Steve Sack

Inside Syria

Syrian rebels say reinforcements get free passage via Turkey

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi via Reuters

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.

Aid Deliveries Begin to 5 Besieged Syrian Towns

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.

Syria: Kurds capture strategic town from Arab rebels in Aleppo province

By Fred Lambert via UPI

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.

Agreement Clears the Way for Airdrops of Humanitarian Aid in Syria

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.

"The Syrian Truce" by Emad Hajjaj

Proxy Politics

Islamic State shrugs off any Saudi ground force in Syria

By Reuters via Yahoo News

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.

Ash Carter: Russians' strategy in Syria will "come back and get them"

via CBS News

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."

Russia to continue bombing Syria

By Juri Rescheto via Deutsche Welle

"Syrian Peace Plan" by Sabir Nazar

After bomb attacks on Syrian hospitals, chances of a ceasefire are fading. Russia is planning more airstrikes. Moscow has more in mind than just fighting terrorists.

The Syrian Refugees Trapped Between an Angry Turkey and a Vengeful Assad

By Jared Malsin via Time

Thousands of desperate refugees are fleeing northern Syria, under attack by Russia and the Syrian government. But they have nowhere to go

Turkey blames Kurdish militants for Ankara car bombing

By Suzan Fraser via Associated Press

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.

Regional Refugees

Turkish Town Does So Much for Syrian Refugees It’s Up for Nobel Peace Prize

By Ricard Hall via Good News Network

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.

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