With increasing world attention on Russia and Syria, there are some important current and historical facts to know about their long partnership.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned to Russia for more assistance and help in staving off the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. When Assad first ascended to the presidency in 2000, he was largely seen as a reformer who was more westernized.
As dissent against his regime mounted, Assad resorted back to the hard rule popular under his father for decades. Russia has stepped in to offer greater assistance in stabilizing the Syrian government during its bloody civil war; however, the strong partnership between the two nations goes back much farther. more >>
A Syrian Catholic Church leader recently condemned both U.S. foreign policy and Western media for ignoring Christian persecution and worsening the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
"Innocent people, especially Christians, have no support. The West has betrayed us," Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan told Egyptian Catholic magazine Le Messager last week.
"Western democracies have conspired against Syria and produced the destruction of the nation's infrastructure, the demolition of houses, towns, villages, monuments and archaeological sites," he added. more >>
While most of the Islamic State terrorist organization's foreign fighters come from Muslim backgrounds, a terrorism expert said Tuesday that jihadi recruits hailing from Christian families are among the most ferocious fighters the militant group has to offer.
During a meeting held by the United Nation's Security Council's counter-terrorism committee that focused on foreign terrorist fighters, Scott Atran, the co-founder of Oxford University's Center for Resolution of Intractable Conflict, explained that ISIS has a "revolutionary pull" that is capable of attracting more than just radicalized Muslims.
Although much has been made about IS' (also known as ISIS or ISIL) intricate online recruiting process, Atran said that IS' most successful form of international recruiting is through the convincing of friends and family. more >>
The Islamic State, or ISIS as referred to largely by the media, has become one of the biggest hindrances to development goals for Iraq, Syria, and other neighboring towns. As they continue to claim responsibility over bombings and killings, the rage only gets much more intense.
In a world where most people only rely on the media as the main source of knowledge about current issues and global progression, it is only reasonable that the masses start to question the use of different acronyms by some big shot individuals or entities.
One of the more common questions to date regarding the ISIS is: "Why does Barack Obama continue to use the term 'ISIL' instead of 'ISIS' as it is the more commonly used acronym for the terrorists?" more >>
The Islamic State terror group released 10 Assyrian Christian hostages Tuesday night in the Tel Temir town in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, but over 150 remain captured and threatened with death.
"The released Assyrians, who are residents of the towns of Tel Shamiram, Tel Jazeera, Qabr Shamiya and Tel Fayda, are in good health conditions," a statement from the Assyrian Network for Human Rights read.
"The total number of the released since the start of the negotiations has reached 98, mostly sick and elderly," the network added, noting that there are five women among the 10 most recently released. more >>
President Vladimir Putin has condemned the Turkish government for shooting down a Russian warplane over Syria, saying the pilot never violated Turkish airspace as claimed.
The Russian Su-24 was shot down Tuesday morning in the Hatay Province that borders Syria.