The battle is still raging in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Iraqi and coalition forces are advancing slowly, capturing as little as one city block per day — if that. And ISIS fighters continue to strike back.
Sarmad Assali, an Orthodox Christian in Allentown, Pennsylvania, supported Donald Trump for president. She was stunned this weekend when his refugee and immigration restrictions meant her relatives were deported back to Damascus.
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad of The Guardian newspaper profiles three characters — a businessman, a smuggler and an army defector — thrown together by Syria's war. The three men are frustrated, but committed, to Syria's civil war.
Lebanon brings together Shite, Sunni, Druze, Christian and Kurd. Now spillover violence from neighboring Syria is threatening the fragile bonds that hold the nation together, as the BBC's Kim Ghattas explains.
Intense clashes in the Syrian city of Homs pit government troops against Islamist fighters who are primarily aligned with the al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida affiliate. Wall Street Journal correspondent Sam Dagher is there and says that despite the fighting, Syria's government is pushing ahead with effort to prepare the city for June elections.
In the midst of Syria's civil war, very little can be taken for granted. That's why more than a hundred ninth graders living in a besieged Damascus refugee camp were thrilled to get safe passage out of the camp to take final exams. Without the exams, they would have lost a year of school.
Fighting in the the Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya has reduced many areas to rubble. The BBC's Lyse Doucet tells PRI's The World that residents can't find shelter, despite Israeli assurances to the contrary.