ATMEH, Syria — GlobalPost visited Seyjar and Jabal al-Zawia villages in Idlib province, where the only aid to reach the people there has trickled through from private donors, barely scratching the surface of a humanitarian crisis that worsens daily.
BOSTON — More than two months have passed since armed gunmen abducted American journalist James Foley in northern Syria, where he was reporting for GlobalPost and other news organizations. Today, there is still no definitive news about his exact whereabouts or what group is responsible.
IDLIB, Syria – The death of two journalists in separate incidents in Syria yesterday has sent a new wave of dread through the media world covering the long-running conflict. The deaths of Belgian reporter Yves Debay as he reported from the Aleppo frontline and Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Al-Massalma who shot by sniper fire in Daraa Friday, marks the first two deaths this year, maintaining Syria’s 2012 title as the deadliest country in the world for journalists.
IDLIB, Syria — A coordinated attack on seven prime military checkpoints on the western border of Idlib city signaled the beginning of the “War for Idlib,” according to opposition commanders who led the attack Sunday. The ambush opened a key route into the city and isolated the Almarkazi Prison, which is under siege by rebel forces tonight. The attack was the first in a series designed to penetrate Idlib city, the last major stronghold of Syrian regime forces in Idlib district.
JABAL AL ZAWIA, Syria — Screams of pain from a difficult labor rose above the howl of a night storm. Rain whipped against the plastic sheets that feebly blocked the windows. Tears of fear and helplessness fell from every eye as female relatives looked on in a one-room stone cottage in Frkir village Tuesday. At 3 a.m., by the light of a kerosene lamp, Yasmeen Raslan was born into a world of hardship, sorrow and loss.
ANTAKYA, Turkey — After an intense, two-month long battle, rebel forces gained control of the largest airbase in northern Syria on Friday, dealing a significant blow to the regime. The victory could potentially allow the rebels to take control of a central highway connecting northwest Syria to Damascus, as well as key oil depots.