Day 1,100: What if your son wants to go fight in Syria?



A picture taken on March 20, 2014 shows damage in the renowned Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers near the Syria-Lebanon border after forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad seized the fortress.


Sam Skaine

Today is Day 1,100 of the Syria conflict.

Yesterday this blog mentioned the Syrian government's fight to re-take the famous Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers and the surrounding town of al-Hosn. Today there are pictures from after the capture. One of those is above and another four are below.

Reuters Canada today has a disturbing and moving piece about parents in France trying to fight their own sons' radicalization, and losing the battle when those sons head off to Syria. The parents don't think the approaches European governments have taken to combat such radicalization is helping.

Finally: Yesterday, the viral image of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus that shocked the world when it was circulated in late February was displayed on the large billboard in Times Square, while supporters held up pita bread (UN food deliveries have been disrupted recently). As NPR's Deborah Amos delicately points out, this photo has gotten a lot of publicity, but "done little to open the many other besieged neighborhoods in Syria." Photo from the Times Square demonstration here; al-Hosn photos below.

The conflict continues.

Correction: A previous version of this article and its accompanying headline erroneously stated that March 21, 2014 was day 2,000 of the Syrian conflict. It was in fact day 1,100.

The Syrian flag flying above the renowned Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers in Homs province, following Syrian government forces' capturing of the castle. (Sam Skaine/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on March 20, 2014 shows fire and smoke rising from the al-Hosn village near the renowned Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, after Syrian regime forces recaptured the fortress from rebels. (Sam Skaine/AFP/Getty Images)

Items left behind by rebel fights in the renowned Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers in Homs province after government forces recaptured the fortress. (Sam Skaine/AFP/Getty Images)