August 22, 2013 |
MAFRAQ, Jordan A dozen Syrian girls, ages 12 to 16, mainly refugees from the flattened city of Homs, sit in a semicircle. Their heads are covered. They are naturally reticent in dealing with a male foreigner. But they eventually warm up, talking about their escapes, their plans for school and Syrian pop stars. Have they witnessed any violence themselves? I ask. Every hand is raised. "My grandmother was collecting her clothes, trying to escape. A sniper killed her right on the spot.
July 23, 2013 |
AMMAN, Jordan — Relief officials warned Tuesday of a brewing humanitarian crisis in southern Syria as rising violence reportedly continued to strand thousands of would-be refugees along the border with Jordan. According to rebel officials and local residents, an intensified government bombing campaign is obstructing roads and paths in the region, where 10,000 displaced people are said to have spent the past week in border towns and villages waiting to cross into Jordan. The...
July 18, 2013
IRAQ Iran's president uses visit to stress bonds Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid a final official visit to Iraq on Thursday, seeking to emphasize the growing relations between the Shiite-led neighbors just weeks before he leaves office. Ahmadinejad is meeting with top Iraqi officials and visiting Shiite holy sites during his two-day visit to Iraq, which is grappling with its worst outbreak of violence in half a decade. In brief remarks after talks with Iraqi Vice President Khudair al-Khuzai,...
July 18, 2013 |
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly attributed a quote to Secretary of State John F. Kerry due to unclear attribution in a pool report. The quote has been removed and this version has been updated. ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan — Secretary of State John F. Kerry got a firsthand view of the grinding war in Syria on Thursday, visiting a sprawling refugee camp in neighboring Jordan and hearing bitter complaints from some of the 115,000 Syrians housed in it that the world has forgotten them.
April 26, 2013 |
Jordan is urging the Obama administration to intensify efforts to find a political settlement to the Syrian conflict, warning that its northern neighbor appears increasingly headed toward either anarchy or a breakup that could imperil the region for decades to come. Jordan's monarch, King Abdullah II , presented a blunt assessment of the two-year-old conflict during meetings this week with congressional leaders and White House officials, citing evidence that a long-feared...
January 29, 2013 |
KILIS, TURKEY — Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled their country in the past six months, but millions remain in war-worn communities where food, clean water and heating fuel have become scarce. Accounts from refugees who have arrived recently in southern Turkey are painting an increasingly dismal scene of horrors left behind, while some Syrians still inside the country say they believe it is too late for them to leave. "We have to stay home and protect ourselves and be quiet until this crisis...