Posts Tagged "Syria"


Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.

Photo: AFP/Getty

UN found 4 yr old Marwan crossing desert alone after being separated from family fleeing Syria. Thankfully reunited. - @eliselabottcnn

"Jaw-dropping aerial photo of the 160,000 Syrians forced to live in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan." - @HalaGorani


Exclusive: John McCain Slips Across Border Into Syria, Meets With Rebels - The Daily Beast →

"Front page New York Times [Syria] photo. Apocalyptic." - @MiaFarrow

Syrians, Fleeing Home, Crowd in Roman Caves

There is not a vacant cave,” Mr. Darwish said as he huddled with several children inside. 

Read: NY Times

Richard Engel’s harrowing kidnapping and escape

via Rachel Maddow

Reuters reports that President Obama has signed a secret order allowing the U.S. to provide support to Syrian opposition forces in their fight agains Bashar al-Assad's government. More: →


Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.

This and other developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, support for Assad’s armed opponents - a shift that intensified following last month’s failure of the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government.

The order stops just short of having the U.S. give rebels weapons.

A man protects his head with a plastic traffic cone during clashes with Egyptian police as protesters gather close to the Syrian embassy in Cairo, hours after a bomb struck at the heart of Syria’s senior command. (AFP Photo/Ahmed Mahmud - Yahoo! News)