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A displaced Syrian child in a makeshift camp for refugees only miles from the Syrian border in Majdal Anjar, Lebanon. “If we do not act quickly, a generation of innocents will become lasting casualties of an appalling war,” the UNHCR report said. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Half of all refugees from the civil war in Syria are children and of those, three quarters are under the age of 12, according to the latest report fro(...)

Soldiers of the 43rd Infantry Group 
on a march-past at Cathal Brugha barracks today, where Alan Shatter, TD, Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence performed a ministerial review of 43 Infantry Group UNDOF on the eve of its departure for a tour of peacekeeping duty in
departing for the peacekeeping mission in 
the Golan Heights in
September
yria.

The ambushing of Irish troops, with vehicles carrying Defence Forces personnel taking volleys of shots and what looks like a blast from an explosive d(...)

Irish troops have been fired on by Syrian anti-government forces in the Golan Heights area. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Irish troops serving on the United Nations mission in Syria have come under fire from anti government armed forces, with a number of their vehicles da(...)

Residents gather near damaged cars at a site hit by what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, near a children’s park in Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograpgh: Yousef Albostany/Reuters

During a brief encounter with Syrian Arab Red Crescent (Sarc) president Abdul Rahman Attar on the stair at the organisation’s headquarters, I congratu(...)

Damage to a mural in the Omayyad mosque in Damascus. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Random mortars fired from the countryside by rebels have damaged the grand eighth-century Omayyad mosque in Damascus, regarded as the fourth holiest p(...)

A promising first start on Iran

Iran’s interim agreement with six world powers on limiting its nuclear programme in return for easing economic sanctions is a welcome affirmation of d(...)

Representatives from the US, United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria meet on the situatioin in Syria in Geneva, Switzerland today. Photograph: United Nations handout

An international peace conference aimed at ending Syria’s civil war will be held on January 22nd, the first face-to-face talks between the government (...)

Martin Chulov, foreign correspondent with  the Guardian: “Social media is information, journalism is what you do with it.”

Some 56 journalists have been killed in Syria in the past two years, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, but security is only one chall(...)

Syrian refugees try to enter a reception center in Gaziantep, Turkey over the weekend.  Nearly three years of civil war in Syria have created what is being described as the most challenging refugee crisis in a generation. Photograph: New York Times.

More than 11,000 children have been killed in Syria’s three-year civil war, including hundreds targeted by snipers, according to a new report.Summary (...)

Children sit in the street as a baby drinks milk in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The war grumbles and growls from the suburbs and occasionally intrudes with deadly mortar strikes and car bombs, demanding attention and disrupting Da(...)

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