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#Syrian Conflict

From TheJournal.ie Eastern Ghouta: 'Maybe this is the last time that I will be able to text you. Please pray for us' Read Me

Eastern Ghouta: 'Maybe this is the last time that I will be able to text you. Please pray for us'

I pray that those with the power to do so will finally put a stop this Syrian river of blood, writes Ayham Al Akkad.

From TheJournal.ie Life inside the world's biggest Syrian refugee camp Zaatari Refugee Camp

Life inside the world's biggest Syrian refugee camp

The conflict in Syria has raged on for seven years. But from the rubble, the women in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp are finding ways to build new lives.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'A political solution to the Syrian war is very unlikely now' Syrian Civil War

Opinion: 'A political solution to the Syrian war is very unlikely now'

Damascus has settled on a clear strategy for a military solution, and has been brutally and successfully executing it, writes Derek O’Rouke

From TheJournal.ie "You must do something for the children of Syria" - 7-year-old Bana writes open letter to Trump Syrian Conflict

"You must do something for the children of Syria" - 7-year-old Bana writes open letter to Trump

The Syrian child came to prominence by describing life in besieged Aleppo.

From TheJournal.ie Syria's proxy war: 'The Irish government must call in the US and Russian ambassadors' Syrian Conflict

Syria's proxy war: 'The Irish government must call in the US and Russian ambassadors'

The Syrian conflict can be solved but it will be by peacemaking, not more war, writes Jim Roche.

From TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan: 'A Syrian solution will involve a pact with devils such as Bashar al Assad and others' Read Me

Tom Clonan: 'A Syrian solution will involve a pact with devils such as Bashar al Assad and others'

Around 100,000 civilians and rebels are thought to be left in the slivers of east Aleppo still under opposition control as the Syrian army and allied militias close in, writes Tom Clonan.

From TheJournal.ie US-led coalition expresses regret after it may have killed dozens of Syrian soldiers in airstrikes Syrian Conflict

US-led coalition expresses regret after it may have killed dozens of Syrian soldiers in airstrikes

“If we determine that we did indeed strike Syrian military personnel, that was not our intention.”

From TheJournal.ie Syria might need to be dismembered, says America's spymaster Partition

Syria might need to be dismembered, says America's spymaster

John Brennan’s comments are a rare public acknowledgement by a senior US official that Syria may need partition.

Egyptian TV claims The Simpsons predicted the Syrian civil war

They say a 2001 episode of the long-running cartoon hints that the Syrian conflict was “premeditated”.

From TheJournal.ie 'Enough, we said, enough': UN humanitarian agencies call for end to Syria conflict Syria

'Enough, we said, enough': UN humanitarian agencies call for end to Syria conflict

The heads of four UN agencies are calling for an end to fighting in Syria.

From TheJournal.ie French hostage freed from Syria says he is "very happy to be free" Freed

French hostage freed from Syria says he is "very happy to be free"

Didier Francois was one of four Frenchmen kidnapped in Syria ten months ago.

From TheJournal.ie Mohamad Almasalmeh witnessed one of the first killings of Syrian conflict Refugees This post contains images

Mohamad Almasalmeh witnessed one of the first killings of Syrian conflict

He is one of the 2.5 million who have fled the country.

From TheJournal.ie Gardaí monitoring potential radicalisation of Irish residents in Syrian conflict Taking Up Arms

Gardaí monitoring potential radicalisation of Irish residents in Syrian conflict

The Minister for Justice revealed this morning that as many as 30 Irish residents have travelled to take part in the armed conflict.

From TheJournal.ie UN cancels Iran invite to Syria talks, Iran says they weren't going to go anyway Peace Talks

UN cancels Iran invite to Syria talks, Iran says they weren't going to go anyway

A surprise UN invite to Iran had thrown the talks into doubt.

From TheJournal.ie Syrian 'barrel bombs' kill 76 people including 28 children Syrian War

Syrian 'barrel bombs' kill 76 people including 28 children

The “unprecedented” bombardment came as the UN estimated that the number of Syrian refugees would touch 4.1 million by the end of 2014.

From TheJournal.ie Twelve nuns abducted by Syrian opposition fighters Syrian Conflict

Twelve nuns abducted by Syrian opposition fighters

The Greek Orthodox nuns and three other women were seized at a convent in the village of Maaloula yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Squalid camps, bleak prospects greet Syrian refugees at EU's door Syrian Conflict

Squalid camps, bleak prospects greet Syrian refugees at EU's door

Around 11,000 refugees from Syria have crossed into Bulgaria this year. The existing camps are cramped and unheated, with many inhabitants complaining of a lack of access to medical treatment.

From TheJournal.ie Syrian opposition agrees to enter Geneva talks Syrian Conflict

Syrian opposition agrees to enter Geneva talks

The Syrian National Coalition have set out a number of conditions for their participation, however, and say Bashar al Assad can have “no role” in any transitional government.

From TheJournal.ie Process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons now under way Syrian Conflict

Process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons now under way

The team charged with the destruction of the weapons began the process this morning, a source in the international mission has said.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What are Irish troops doing in Syria? Defence Forces

Explainer: What are Irish troops doing in Syria?

115 Irish Defence Forces personnel have now arrived at their new base. Why were they sent there? How long is the mission? How will they spend their downtime? Your questions, answered.

From TheJournal.ie UN receives Syrian chemical treaty accession documents Syria

UN receives Syrian chemical treaty accession documents

Syria is planning on joining the UN’s chemical weapons convention ahead of a planned disarmament of its chemical weapons.

From TheJournal.ie Syria: Obama prepares to address Americans during crucial week Syria

Syria: Obama prepares to address Americans during crucial week

Barack Obama is due to address the nation today, while he awaits the outcome of a Congress vote on Syria strikes.

From TheJournal.ie President Assad puts it up to US to produce evidence of chemical attack Bashar Al-Assad

President Assad puts it up to US to produce evidence of chemical attack

In an interview with US network CBS, President Bashar Al-Assad said a war is not in the US interest as Russia suggests a compromise plan where Syria would hand over its chemical weapons.

From TheJournal.ie Irish anti-war activists to hold meeting ahead of planned protest No War

Irish anti-war activists to hold meeting ahead of planned protest

The Peace and Neutrality Alliance will host Ian Chamberlain of the UK’s Stop the War Coalition and Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairéad Maguire at the meeting in Dublin this afternoon.

From TheJournal.ie EU and China warn against Syria strikes as G20 assemble in St Petersburg G20 St Petersburg

EU and China warn against Syria strikes as G20 assemble in St Petersburg

EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy urged caution as Russian President Vladir Putin said the Syrian conflict would be discussed over dinner.

From TheJournal.ie US Senate committee votes to approve Syria military action Syrian Conflict

US Senate committee votes to approve Syria military action

The full Senate will vote on the issue next week. It’s the first time lawmakers have voted to back military action since the 2002 vote on the invasion of Iraq.

From TheJournal.ie Shatter: Ireland has taken in fifty refugees from Syria crisis Syrian Conflict

Shatter: Ireland has taken in fifty refugees from Syria crisis

More than two million people have become refugees since the start of the conflict in March 2011.

From TheJournal.ie Pictures: Irish troops on parade in Rathmines sunshine ahead of Syria mission 43rd Infantary Group This post contains images

Pictures: Irish troops on parade in Rathmines sunshine ahead of Syria mission

The 115 members of the 43rd Infantary Group were reviewed by Minister Alan Shatter before gathering with their families ahead of the first deployment tomorrow.