Syria

Common Dreams staff
The Islamic State (ISIS) has reportedly released a video that shows the beheading deaths of several of its hostages, including U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig and a number of captured Syrian soldiers. Kassig, a 26-year-old from Indiana, had been held hostage by ISIS for over a year and went by the name Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam in...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, landed in Iraq on...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Forty-three year old Sara is an Assyrian Christian displaced from the Iraqi city of Qaraqosh. She and her family are forced to take shelter in a wedding hall in Erbil. (Photo: UNHCR/I.Prickett)
As the number of Iraqi and Syrian people displaced by war and conflict soars,...

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Fleeing the Syrian war, thousands of Syrian and Palestinian refugees daily attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, where they pay human traffickers to smuggle them to Sweden and political asylum. Many die at sea before they ever get to make their journey inside an already unwelcoming "Fortress Europe." Tired of witnessing so much death at sea and in war, an international group of activists and filmmakers dressed five Syrian and Palestinian refugees in wedding garb to get them across Europe...