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The Men Who Pretend to Be Syrian Refugees

KARA TEPE, Greece — “Oh, you’re from Syria,” said one of the officials holding up a spiral-bound book with color pictures of 100-pound notes. “Can you point to which of these pictures is your home currency?” 1,419 more words


Israel's Vanishing Red Lines in Syria

TEL AVIV, Israel Gen. Nikolai Bogdanovsky, the Russian military’s deputy chief of general staff, paid a rare visit to Israel on Tuesday. It’s not exactly a friendly visit: Although Russia’s relationship with Israel has significantly improved since the 1960s and 1970s — when the Soviet Union was the Arab world’s weapons supplier and the Arab-Israeli conflict was seen as just another front in the Cold War — Israel will always doubt Moscow’s intentions in the region. 1,159 more words


‘The Smugglers Are Vampires’

Death is everywhere in the impoverished, violent corners of Lebanon — but refugees who try to seek a better life in Europe often find themselves robbed blind or facing death at sea.


'The Smugglers Are Vampires'

AIN AL-HILWEH, Lebanon — Zeinab doesn’t look like a refugee smuggler.

“The people in this camp are living like dogs,” says the petite, hijab-clad woman, whose name has been changed. 1,565 more words

Middle East

Cheering Russia’s Airstrikes in Assad’s Heartland

In the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, residents and soldiers are thankful for Moscow’s intervention — and are looking forward to a bombing campaign that strikes at all their enemies.


Cheering Russia’s Airstrikes in Assad’s Heartland

QARDAHA, Syria — The sonic boom of a fighter jet momentarily cut short the conversations at the hilltop mausoleum of former President Hafez al-Assad. The engineer in charge of enhancements to the manicured park and shiny marble shrine to the founder of Syria’s ruling dynasty broke out into a wide grin. 1,068 more words

Middle East

The Imperfect Trial of Congo's 'Terminator'

WASHINGTON and GOMA, Congo — When Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda’s war crimes trial opened in The Hague last month, most of his victims were nearly 4,000 miles away in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. 1,127 more words