Refugee and Migrant Crisis

June 18, 2015

Focus on refugees: hundreds of families return to Syria

Hundreds of Syrians are returning to the border town of Tal Abyad from Turkey after Kurdish fighters drove out Islamic State militants. Women, elderly people and children have been seen carrying their belongings across the border. The Kurdish victory in Tal Abyad is seen as […]

May 29, 2015

Syria’s hospitals fighting to stay open

Though doctors and nurses are working against all odds to save those wounded in the Syrian civil war, the conflict, coupled with sanctions, are causing the health sector to deteriorate. Lacking supplies, many provincial hospitals are no longer able to treat patients. However, one public hospital in […]

May 27, 2015

Syrian markets seeing war-related products

Syria’s bloody civil war is now in its 5th year and has driven many Syrians out of business and out of the country. A select few have escaped bankruptcy though by embracing newly prosperous markets affiliated with the war.

This picture released on Thursday, May 21, 2015 by the website of Islamic State militants, shows the Palmyra castle is seen from the Syrian town of Palmyra that was captured by the Islamic State militants after a battle with the Syrian government forces, Syria. (The website of Islamic State militants via AP)
May 22, 2015

IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria’s Palmyra

Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq’s western Anbar province less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, a tribal leader said Friday, while in neighboring Syria the group’s fighters killed dozens of pro-government forces in the ancient town of Palmyra.

May 7, 2015

The Heat discusses the migrant crisis

They keep on coming. Refugees from Syria flood largely into neighboring countries – while migrants from Africa risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean for an uncertain reception in Europe.

April 30, 2015

Islamist fighters seize southern Syria crossing

The hardline Ahrar al-Sham group in Syria and other insurgents seized a crossing in the southwest frontier area near Israel on Thursday from a small group of rival Islamist fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

March 15, 2015

Syrian civil war enters fifth year

The civil war in Syria is now entering its fifth year. According to the United Nations, the fighting has killed some 200,000 people and displaced nearly half of the population of 23 million.

March 11, 2015

Turkey, U.S. at odds over Syria’s civil war

ISIL is a stubborn presence in Syria where the civil war is about to enter its fifth year. Turkey and the United States remain at odds over how to deal with the crisis with no solution in sight, some say it’s time for the West […]

March 11, 2015

The Heat discusses Syria and strategies

A group of Syrian opposition forces has rejected the UN’s proposal for a temporary ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo. With the crisis threatening the region, refugees spilling into neighboring countries and the Islamic State threatening parts of Syria, does the West need to […]

February 26, 2015

Syrian Christians abducted by ISIL rises to 220

The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said Thursday.

February 10, 2015

US confirms ISIL hostage Kayla Mueller dead

The parents of an American woman held by Islamic State militants say they have been notified of her death, and President Barack Obama has issued a statement condemning the terrorist organization and offering condolences to Mueller’s family.