The civil war in Syria has created colossal human suffering. But it can still be surprising how profoundly this war has changed the lives of Syrians. One US expert describes the cost to his family and community.
News reports from Qatar say ISIS, which has control over oil fields in Iraq and Syria, will run a $250 million dollar surplus next year. So how is that possible with oil prices falling through the cellar?
Syrians in the Turkish border town of Kobane say they're on the verge of being overrun by ISIS militants. But while American warplanes are coming to their aid, the US is still reluctant to get involved — but may be forced into much wider action that it wants.
ISIS is funding its war by selling oil from the fields it controls in Iraq and Syria, to the tune of millions of dollars. Strangely enough, the enemies it is fighting are some of the main customers. That complicates the US goal of crippling the ISIS war machine.
The U.S. is continuing to move, slowly, toward military strikes on Syria, in response to the use of chemical weapons there earlier this month. But as U.S. officials move forward, some are wondering just was sort of response that might elicit from Syria.
Over the past week opposition activists in Syria have gathered in small groups to pay homage to the protestors in Egypt, while a Facebook group, run mostly by Syrian expatriates, is trying to organize a "Day of Rage" in that country.
Joshua Landis from the University of Oklahoma looks ahead to what may transpire in Egypt, where the revolution continues. Max Rodenbeck, Middle East correspondent for The Economist, has an update and analysis from Cairo.
U.S. officials are only speaking anonymously about why American military planes bombed the border of Syria on Sunday. Joshua Landis of the Center for Middle East Studies explains how the attack may affect U.S. - Syrian relations.
Joshua Landis, Director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma responds to her claims and helps put the upheaval in Syria in context. He says that there is a lot of fear in the country by both protesters and the government.
Syria's cabinet passed a draft law on Tuesday lifting the country's 48-year emergency rule. The BBC's Owen Bennet-Jones reports with an update on the emergency law. He says that the question remains as to what legislation will replace the emergency law.