Confused About Syria? Who’s Fighting and Why

Tens of thousands are still fleeing this ancient part of the world. Aleteia: Syria is a country of mountains, deserts and fertile plains, bordering Lebanon, the Mediterranean Sea, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, and Israel. The country is largely populated by Sunni Muslims, but is also home to many other ethnic and religious groups: Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, and Circassians, Christians, Shiites, Alawites, Druze, Mandeans, Salafis, and Yazidis. The…

Caught in the Middle: Mortar Shell Hits Church

Attack occurred during communion, but the only people injured were outside the building. Aleteia reports: In an increasingly complicated time for the Syrian city of Aleppo, practically no place is completely safe. On Sunday, a mortar shell hit the Latin Catholic Church of St. Francis, in the al-Aziziyah district of the city, during Mass. Fides…

Priest Blesses Missiles To Be Used For Airstrikes

In Syria: Actually, it looks like a Bishop… In the above photo, an Orthodox priest blesses Russian missiles intended for airstrikes against Syrian rebels. According to Reuters reporter Noah Browning, the priest is sprinkling holy water on the missile before it is put aboard a Russian plane. The blessing of missiles comes after Patriarch Kirill,…

ISIS Blows Up Arch of Triumph in Syria’s Palmyra

Discovery News is reporting: Islamic State extremists have blown up the famous Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, the country’s head of antiquities said Monday, as the jihadists press their campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site. ISIS’ destruction of art in Iraq’s Mosul Museum generated a lot of outrage. Was…

Will Russia’s ‘holy war’ save Syria’s Christians?

In the Catholic Herald: The war in Syria has taken a significant turn these past few months, with the migrant crisis and the intervention of Russia. Even a few months ago one might have expected Bashar al-Assad’s downfall, and two years ago one would have bet the house on it. Now, with the refugee crisis seriously…

IDF on High Alert in Golan Heights

Stand for Israel has been reporting on the developments across Israel’s border with Syria – of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters doing battle with Syrian forces. Israel is well aware of what is going on, and the IDF is on alert in the Golan Heights: As a result of the fighting on the…