Jordan’s King Abdullah: battling ISIS is “our third world war”

Jordan’s King Abdullah believes battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS) and other terrorist groups is “our third world war.” Speaking to “CBS This Morning,” Abdullah stated that ISIS is a Muslim problem that they need to take ownership of. “We need to stand up and say what is right and what […]

1.7m Syrian refugees face food crisis as UN funds dry up

More than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are facing a disastrous and hungry winter after a funding crisis forced the UN’s World Food Programme to suspend food vouchers to hundreds of thousands forced into exile by the conflict. Since the war began in March 2011, the WFP has brought […]

Amnesty report reveals desperate plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey

More than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to Turkey to escape fighting at home are struggling to survive on their own, with government-run refugee camps operating at full capacity, according to a report by Amnesty International. Turkey has been lauded for its swift response to the massive influx of Syrians, but the international […]

U.N. Urges Arab World to Denounce Islamic State

The United Nations’ top human rights official called on the Muslim world to denounce the “monstrous” crimes of the extremist group that seeks to establish an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria, calling its actions both a violation of international law and Islamic tenets. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a member of the Jordanian royal family […]

8 top Syrian Alawite officers defected to Jordan, report

Top Syrian Alawite military officers have defected from the Syrian regime run by their co-religionist Bashar al-Assad amid political maneuverings by Alawite dissidents and clashes, NOW quoted its sources as saying Jordanian military sources told Now reporter Fadi Saad that “eight high-ranking Syrian officers have found refuge in Jordan along with their families”

Influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad

ANTAKYA, Turkey — A surge of rebel advances in Syria is being fueled at least in part by an influx of heavy weaponry in a renewed effort by outside powers to arm moderates in the Free Syrian Army, according to Arab and rebel officials. The new armaments, including anti-tank weapons and recoilless rifles, have been […]

Kerry to focus on persuading Syria’s Assad to step down

US Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Wednesday that he is drafting diplomatic proposals to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power, but he warned that it may be too late to prevent a violent collapse in a nation where nearly 70,000 have died and hundreds of thousands have been forced from […]

Rebels selling artifacts to fund the fight against Assad

MAFRAQ, Jordan — To the caches of ammunition and medicines that they lug each day from this border city back into their homeland, Syrian rebels have added new tools to support their fight against President Bashar al-Assad: metal detectors and pickaxes. The rebels, struggling to finance their effort, have joined an emerging trade in illicitly […]

Obama visit could see three or four-way summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama could hold a three-way summit during the US president’s upcoming visit, Israel’s deputy foreign minister said on Saturday. “During the visit of President Obama, a three-way summit could take place or even four-way with King Abdullah II of Jordan,”