Inside Syria http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22293/all en Syrians lose faith in UN peace plan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120515/syrian-idlib-un-arab-league-peace-plan-attack <p>IDLIB PROVINCE, Syria &mdash; Here in northern Syria, residents say they have little faith in the joint UN-Arab League plan that aims to broker a political solution to the conflict. The violence, they say, just never ends. Their pessimism seemed to be confirmed Tuesday when alleged government forces attacked a group of demonstrators that had surrounded the vehicles of UN peacekeepers visiting the town of Khan Sheikhoun, here in Idlib province.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120515/syrian-idlib-un-arab-league-peace-plan-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inside Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Syria Diplomacy Military Wed, 16 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tracey Shelton 5704373 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria's walking wounded http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120529/syria-uprising-wounded-hospitals-doctors-death-toll <p>JABAL AL ZAWIYA, Syria &mdash; The pickup truck swerved around the corner as three frantic men stood on the back screaming,&ldquo;Go! Go!&rdquo; Bouncing painfully between their legs was a man drenched in blood. Of the seven injured Syrians to undergo the harrowing route to the nearest &ldquo;safe&rdquo; hospital, three survived, three died and the whereabouts of the fourth remains unknown. There were many hospitals much closer to the scene, but these are government run and the risk of execution or arrest is so high that citizens throughout the area endure these dangerous journeys every day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120529/syria-uprising-wounded-hospitals-doctors-death-toll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inside Syria Conflict Zones Syria Aid Wed, 30 May 2012 10:15:00 +0000 Tracey Shelton 5706091 at http://www.globalpost.com Video: On Location — UN peace fails in Syria (GRAPHIC) http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5706854 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bloodshed in Syria continues despite the presence of UN observers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tracey Shelton </div> </div> </div> <p>Bloodshed is widespread, perpetrated by both the rebels and the Syrian regime, despite the presence of UN observers. The armed opposition says it has now given up on the United Nations and as weapons pour in from all sides, the country is bracing for widespread violence.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="1920" height="1080" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/un_still.png?1338876344" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2012:06:06 06:01</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("58ad16d30bc9f", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Inside Syria On Location Conflict Zones Syria Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:01:00 +0000 Tracey Shelton 5706854 at http://www.globalpost.com Video: On Location — UN peace fails in Syria (GRAPHIC) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120605/video-un-peace-syria-idlib <p>INSIDE SYRIA &mdash; Bloodshed has been widespread, perpetrated by both the rebels and the Syrian regime, despite the presence of UN observers. The armed opposition says it has now given up on the United Nations and as weapons pour in from all sides, the country is bracing for a full-blown civil war. In this exclusive video, GlobalPost&#39;s Tracey Shelton reports from Syria&#39;s battle-torn cities.</p> Inside Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Syria War Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:15:00 +0000 Tracey Shelton 5706861 at http://www.globalpost.com Inside Syria: You will never guess who arms the rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120606/syrian-rebels-weapons-arms-revolution <p>JABAL AL-ZAWIYA, Syria &mdash; In any revolution, getting weapons is a key challenge. Syria&rsquo;s rebels have found an interesting solution that involves a cycle of transactions between the Free Syrian Army, prisoners, defected soldiers and the Syrian regime itself. &ldquo;These officers sell to us not because they love the revolution but because they love money,&rdquo; said one rebel commander. &ldquo;Their loyalty is to their pockets only, not the regime.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120606/syrian-rebels-weapons-arms-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inside Syria Conflict Zones Syria Middle East Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:02:00 +0000 Tracey Shelton 5707031 at http://www.globalpost.com Inside the Syrian conflict http://www.globalpost.com/series/inside-syria GlobalPost is inside Syria, talking to Syrians of all stripes and on all sides of the conflict. As the death toll climbs and more outside groups, with their own agendas, get involved, what began as a popular protest movement has morphed into a civil war with global repercussions. Average Syrians, for their part, just want an end to the violence. This is GlobalPost's complete coverage from inside the country. Inside Syria Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5707128 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: Brutally violent shabiha militia member tells it like it is http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120614/syria-shabiha-thug-assad-mafia-guns-smuggling-violence-houla <p>LATTAKIA, Syria &mdash; As Syria descends into civil war, Abu Jaafar said he is ready to kill women and children to defend his friends, his family and his president. &ldquo;Sunni women are giving birth to babies who will fight us in years to come, so we have the right to fight anyone who can hurt us in the future,&rdquo; said Jaafar, a member of the shabiha, a group of paid militiaman who viciously fight on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad and the Allawite minority the dominates Syria&#39;s government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120614/syria-shabiha-thug-assad-mafia-guns-smuggling-violence-houla" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inside Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Syria Diplomacy Military Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Hugh Macleod and Annasofie Flamand 5707982 at http://www.globalpost.com Inside Syria: Adopt a Syrian rebel http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120620/syria-rebels-fsa-fundraising-sources-financing-money-websites-weapons <p>IDLIB PROVINCE &mdash; Adopt a Revolution, a website run by activists operating in Germany and Syria, seems more like a international children&rsquo;s aid group than a rebel fundraising organization. All it is missing is a pitch from Sally Struthers as the site pleads for regular sponsors of the &ldquo;Syrian Spring.&quot; &ldquo;One activist in hiding needs monthly about 100 euros for daily expenses,&rdquo; the website says.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120620/syria-rebels-fsa-fundraising-sources-financing-money-websites-weapons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inside Syria Conflict Zones Syria War Middle East Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:02:00 +0000 Tracey Shelton 5708658 at http://www.globalpost.com On Location Video: On the front lines with a Free Syrian Army unit http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5708710 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following rebels from base to battle</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tracey Shelton </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="1920" height="1080" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/b9407efc6047f-original.jpg?1340181470" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2012:06:20 15:47</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("b9407efc6047f", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Inside Syria On Location Syria Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:47:00 +0000 Tracey Shelton 5708710 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian rebel sings Backstreet Boys http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/syrian-rebel-sings-backstreet-boys <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" by the Backstreet Boys takes on a whole new meaning when sung by a gun-wielding revolutionary in northern Syria. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Gelling </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>If ever there was a band to inspire a revolution, the Backstreet Boys are not it.</p> <p>Yet at least one <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/syria">Syrian</a> rebel has embraced the boy band, and in particular its seminal 1999 mega-hit, "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely."</p> <p><strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/18979/120621/location-video-the-front-lines-free-syrian-army-unit">Video: On the front lines with the Syrian rebels</a></strong></p> <p>Perhaps lyrics like these struck a chord:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/syrian-rebel-sings-backstreet-boys" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inside Syria Syria Chatter Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:28:00 +0000 Peter Gelling 5708792 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: A revolution divided http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120703/syria-religious-extremism-sectarian-violence-free-syrian-army-divisions <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">IDLIB DISTRICT, Syria &mdash; Like thousands of his fellow students, Diojen joined the revolution to fight for freedom, democracy and dignity.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">But these days, he said, he is being asked to fight for an Islamic state too.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120703/syria-religious-extremism-sectarian-violence-free-syrian-army-divisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Damascus bombing Inside Syria Conflict Zones Syria War Middle East Mon, 09 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tracey Shelton 5710438 at http://www.globalpost.com Not everyone hates Bashar al-Assad http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120719/not-everyone-hates-bashar-al-assad <p>ARIHA, Syria &mdash; While Syrian President Bashar al-Assad&#39;s hold on power appears to be as tenuous as ever, particularly after rebels landed a fatal blow on his inner circle Wednesday, there are many families across the country that continue to support him and his government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120719/not-everyone-hates-bashar-al-assad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inside Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Syria Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Tracey Shelton 5712668 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: Inside the battle for Damascus http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120721/syria-inside-the-battle-damascus <p>DAMASCUS &mdash; Army and rebels are engaged in an unprecedented battle for one of the world&#39;s most ancient cities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120721/syria-inside-the-battle-damascus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bashar al-Assad Inside Syria Conflict Zones Syria Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:39:00 +0000 Hugh Macleod and a GlobalPost reporter 5712904 at http://www.globalpost.com Down and out in Damascus http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120724/damascus-fighting-free-syrian-army-assad-refugees <p>DAMASCUS &mdash; Combat in the capital has escalated as Republican Guard soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad attempt to restore control after the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/series/damascus-bombing-0">stunning assassination</a> of four security chiefs last week. The battles have driven many to flee for the countryside. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s so dangerous to spend nights in the open fields with little children, but what else can we do? We were forced out of our house,&rdquo; said one Syrian, hiding with his family in an olive grove.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120724/damascus-fighting-free-syrian-army-assad-refugees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inside Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Syria Military Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Hugh Macleod and Annasofie Flamand, Beirut with a reporter in Syria 5713138 at http://www.globalpost.com Inside Syria: The Battle for Aleppo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120727/aleppo-battle-free-syrian-army-assad <p>ALEPPO &mdash; Syrian army forces have for days been gearing up for an invasion of this city, the country&rsquo;s largest. And with rebel forces digging in, Aleppo&rsquo;s residents fear they will be caught in between.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120727/aleppo-battle-free-syrian-army-assad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inside Syria Conflict Zones Syria War Middle East Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 GlobalPost 5713828 at http://www.globalpost.com