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post 17 September 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog 'We have no choice': On board with Syrians fleeing their homeland

Middle class Syrians flee their homes and board a ferry from Lebanon to Turkey - the first stage of a dangerous journey to Europe. Are they refugees or migrants? Does it matter?

post 15 September 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Migrants and refugees: does opening door make it better or worse?

Another round of insults about who is racist and who is progressive is achieving nothing at all in the stymied, divided, impotent EU.

post 13 September 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Syria: A quick reminder

The pitiless Syrian engine of war grinds on. The waves of the displaced seek refuge. The only realistic escape route is Lebanon and Turkey.

post 10 September 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Bad and getting worse: why politicians must grasp the Syrian nettle now

What Europe has seen so far is nothing as to what is to come. That means asking some hard questions, including whether the war against Assad should be put on hold?

post 09 September 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog The lives of the Syrian refugees desperate to leave Lebanon

Ftaym, single mother of five children, gestures up at the bombed-out concrete wreck in the south of the Lebanese capital which is now "home."

post 07 September 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Refugee camp: child slavery in everything but name

This is what a real refugee crisis looks like and the more the world turns away with its wallet, the more things fall apart, the more this real crisis will come to the EU.

post 06 September 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Refugee crisis? You should see what it's like in Lebanon...

The response to that photo to open doors is entirely understandable. The problem is that it might just make things worse.

post 19 August 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Palmyra's Khaled Asaad: 'I was born here, I will die here'

A colleague in Damascus has spoken to his family, who explained how they feel he was betrayed by 'neighbours'.

article 25 June 2015 World, Syria
CCTV footage of Kobani car bomb attack by Islamic State
Islamic State twin assault on Kobani and al-Hasakah

The Islamic State group returns to attack the Syrian border town of Kobani, five months after it was driven out by Kurdish forces. IS is also moving on districts of al-Hasakah, in eastern Syria.