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Fleeing Syria: Insights on Lebanon’s open border

Commentary: Lebanon needs financial aid to keep its refugee program from backsliding.
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A Syrian refugee child stands outside the shanty rented by her parents in a poor neighborhood of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on March 7, 2013. A significant number of Syrians have fled their country since deadly civil strife erupted just over two years ago, but now the focus has turned to financial aid as some of the refugee programs struggle to deal with the growing number of those displaced by the conflict. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — Human rights advocates generally criticize governments for falling short and feel no need to credit them for acting the way they are supposed to. Having just returned from Lebanon, however, and seen its response to the Syrian refugee crisis, I will jettison my usual reticence.

Syrian civil war enters third year of conflict (PHOTOS)

Beginning exactly two years ago with a string of protests galvanized by the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war has since claimed nearly 70,000 lives as rebels try to dislodge Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

What was Biden signaling in his pro-war comments on Iran to Israeli lobby?

Commentary: Is the vice president building his own hardline bona fides for 2016?
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US Vice President Joe Biden addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on March 4, 2013, in Washington, DC. Biden boldly confirmed the political, historical and military ties between the two countries and emphasized President Barack Obama's support for Israel, a country the president will visit later this month. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
OWL’S HEAD, MAINE — Next week will mark the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq, the low point of many in George W. Bush's failed presidency.

Syria: What terrorism looks like

Both sides of the Syrian conflict are accusing each other of terrorism. Syrian civilians are caught in the middle.

UNHCR predicts 700,000 Syrian refugees by 2013

According to the UK-based activist group the Syrian Observer for Human Rights (SOHR), yesterday was the deadliest day in the conflict - 304 people died.

Arab League to Assad: Renounce power and get safe passage out of Syria

Following an emergency meeting in Doha, the Qatari PM said that Arab League foreign ministers had agreed on the need for Assad's urgent resignation.
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