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Day 1,100: What if your son wants to go fight in Syria?

This is a serious problem for some communities in Europe.


A picture taken on March 20, 2014 shows items left behind in the renowned Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers near the Syria-Lebanon border after forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad seized the fortress. (Sam Skaine/AFP/Getty Images)

Today is Day 1,100 of the Syria conflict.

Yesterday this blog mentioned the Syrian government's fight to re-take the famous Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers and the surrounding town of al-Hosn. Today there are pictures from after the capture. One of those is above and another four are below.

Reuters Canada today has a disturbing and moving piece about parents in France trying to fight their own sons' radicalization, and losing the battle when those sons head off to Syria. The parents don't think the approaches European governments have taken to combat such radicalization is helping.

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Over half Syria's chemical arms surrendered

Syria has surrendered more than half of its chemical weapons arsenal, the joint mission overseeing the dismantling of the banned stockpile said on Thursday. "As of today 53.6 percent of the Syrian Arab Republic's chemical weapons material has been removed from or destroyed in the Syrian Arab Republic," the joint mission said. The mission of the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said the milestone represented "important progress."

Jordan intercepts drugs, arms haul from Syria

Jordanian border guards have intercepted two vehicles crossing from Syria loaded with arms and thousands of Captagon tablets, a drug widely used by Syrian rebels, the army announced Thursday. The Petra news agency quoted an army official as saying one of the vehicles and its cargo was destroyed when it was fired on by border guards during the operation late on Wednesday. The other was found to be carrying 209 weapons, which the report did not identify, and 10,000 capsules of Captagon, the brand name for the amphetamine phenethylline.

Day 1,099: So much for that castle

The latest fight in Syria centered on Krak des Chevaliers, erected by Crusaders in the 12th and 13th centuries.

(Google Earth/Heather Horn)

Yesterday a Syrian security official told AFP that the Syrian army was fighting for control of Krak des Chevaliers, a castle from the 12th and 13th centuries that, up until the present conflict, was considered one of the best-preserved of the Crusader castles. At the time of the statement, the official also said the Syrian army had taken two districts of al-Hosn, the surrounding village. Rebels had previously held both al-Hosn and the nearby town of al-Zara. The government operation to retake them began in late January. For a good look at the strategic importance of these two towns, according head over to The Independent: apparently pipelines and power supplies are involved.

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Day 1,098: Enter Israel

A quick rundown of the barrage of news out of the Levant in the past 24 hours.
Today is Day 1,098 of the Syrian conflict. The past 24 hours have seen a barrage of Syria-related developments.
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UN says war crimes evidence in Syria is solid enough for indictment

However, despite the accumulation of evidence, diplomats say it is unlikely Syria would be referred to the International Criminal Court.

Three years of conflict in Syria

A look back at the most powerful stories from the past 1,097 days.


An image from YouTube showing dozens of Syrians demonstrating at an unidentified location on March 18, 2011. Four protesters were killed and hundreds wounded by security forces that day in the southern city of Daraa — the first deaths of the Syrian conflict.(Youtube/AFP/Getty Images)

Today is Day 1,097 of the Syria conflict.

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Meet the civilians who fled Syria's last rebel stronghold

ARSAL, Lebanon — Syrian government forces supported by Lebanese Hezbollah militants on Sunday took control of the Syrian town of Yabroud after a month-long battle. For 19-year-old Yousef, this latest conflict has shattered the life he once knew. 

Day 1,096: What does the fall of Yabroud mean for the Syria conflict?

Government forces have recaptured the rebel stronghold, with some help from Hezbollah.

Today is Day 1,096 of the Syria conflict.

Below is a chart to help you understand just how many people are dying in Syria, put together by GlobalPost's Kyle Kim.

How Bad Is It In Syria?

 

The big news of the weekend was that Syrian government forces and their Hezbollah allies recaptured the rebel town of Yabroud on Sunday — a tremendous blow to the rebels in terms of both morale and strategy: Yabroud was the final rebel stronghold along the Lebanese border, and, as such, a crucial link in the rebel supply chain. For years now, arms, fighters, and their provisions have been streaming over the Lebanese border into Syria, as refugees traveled in the opposite direction (Yabroud once had a population of 40,000-50,000). In the past month, the flow of refugees has been particularly heavy, due to the bombing of Yabroud that preceded the offensive.

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Syria has agreed to give more access to aid groups to provide supplies: UNICEF

'We have to translate that now into continuing and much more rapid progress because the progress is not equal to the scope of the tragedy,' UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake said.
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