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A Syrian refugee girl sits in a classroom at a Lebanese public school where only Syrian students attend classes in the afternoon, at Kaitaa village in north Lebanon. A Syrian boy looks out through his tent door covered in snow at a refugee camp in Deir Zannoun village, in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. Comment?
The first shipment of desperately needed food aid reached a besieged Syrian town Monday as part of a U.N.-backed agreement to bring relief to starving residents who say they have been forced to eat leaves and cats. About 50 vehicles packed with food and medical supplies left the Syrian capital, Damascus, for Madaya, a town near the Lebanese border cut off by Syrian forces, said Pawel Krzysiek, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross who was traveling with the convoy. Comment?
Without even a toot of the horn, the Lady Su slipped slowly out of the harbor in northern Lebanon, loaded with trucks and cars as well as a human cargo - hundreds of Syrians embarking on the first leg of an odyssey that they hoped would end in Germany or northern Europe. The Lady Su was 14 hours behind schedule, and there would be no food other than soft drinks available for the 12-hour journey to southern Turkey. Comment?
Russia likely will use the military force it's deploying in Syria to launch airstrikes - and possibly ground operations - against the Islamic State in a bid to bolster President Bashar Assad and thwart U.S. efforts to exclude the Syrian leader from renewed peace efforts, U.S. officials and independent analysts said. Such a gambit holds grave risks for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Comment?
Russian forces are expanding the tarmac of a major airport in Syria's coastal province of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar Assad and his minority sect, a prominent Syrian monitoring group said Sunday. The report comes amid rising concern among U.S. officials of increased Russian military activity in Syria. Comment?
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