Terrifying GoPro video from tanks in Syria's war zone

Need a quick reminder as to why war should be avoided at all costs? Spend an hour in the driver's seat of a Syrian Army T-72 tank column as it spews destruction through Syria's Darayya warzone. Then watch the rebels destroying the tanks. Warning: Although you can't see the bodies, fighters on both sides are dying. This … » 3/20/14 7:31pm 3/20/14 7:31pm

Here's the Ship That Will Destroy Syria's Deadliest Chemical Weapons

Syria's agreement with the UN to eradicate its stockpiles of chemical warfare agents in exchange for the US not curb-stomping its Air Force is going about as well as you'd expect. That is, it's woefully behind schedule with little hope of actually being completed. But, if and when the Assad regime does finally turn… » 1/08/14 12:00pm 1/08/14 12:00pm

Here's what it's like to have a bomb dropped right next to you

If you blink, you're gonna miss it. Hell, even if you're looking right at it, you still might not see it. But you'll definitely feel it. The Aviationist found a video of a Syrian fighter bomber flying overhead and caught it dropping a bomb pretty much right on top of the cameraman. The plane sends flares out at first… » 11/01/13 12:11am 11/01/13 12:11am

This Vacuum Detonator Blows Deadly Chemical Weapons to Smithereens

Disposing of the world's chemical weapon stockpiles is far easier said than done. It's not like the good old days prior to WWII when we could just dump extraneous supplies of mustard gas and other chemical weapons into the open ocean or under Delaware roadways or just big pits at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama—no, no, … » 10/22/13 11:20am 10/22/13 11:20am

The Unlikely Story of How a Japanese Architect Designed Assad's Palace

One of the remarkable things about the Assad regime is the veneer of tasteful normalcy that surrounds his family’s public image, from a glowing Vogue feature on Asma al-Assad to their boring Instagram presence. That aura extends to the presidential palace, which was built by Kenzō Tange—the Pritzker Prize-winning… » 9/12/13 4:00pm 9/12/13 4:00pm

144,000 Syrian refugees are packed in this endless city made of tents

While the United States discusses about the political convenience of bombing President Assad's military, some of the two million Syrian refugees are begging Obama to attack at once. According to Spanish newspaper El País, that's the opinion of many of the 144,000 Syrian exiles surviving at Zaatari, a refugee city made… » 9/08/13 1:20pm 9/08/13 1:20pm

How the US Would Attack Syria

After months of toeing the "red line" set by US president Obama regarding the use of chemical weapons against his own civilian population, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime has seemingly been caught killing more than 300 Syrian civilians and sickening over 1000 more in a suspected sarin nerve gas attack. The US… » 8/27/13 3:01pm 8/27/13 3:01pm

How Three Months of War Transformed One of Syria's Largest Cities

Pulitzer Prize winning photographs—and the on again, off again Internet—have given us a few peeks into the turmoil of the bloody conflict in Syria. But new satellite photos released by Amnesty International visualize the literal destruction. » 8/08/13 10:18am 8/08/13 10:18am

The Syrian Electronic Army Just Hacked Another Big Twitter Account

Even with Twitter adding two-factor authentication, the Thomson Reuters' Twitter account @thomsonreuters has been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. If you remember, the Syrian Electronic Army has been responsible for hacking the Twitter accounts of The Onion, E! Online, CBS and more. » 7/29/13 8:59pm 7/29/13 8:59pm

Syria Dropped Off the Face of the Internet Again

Last week, Syria completely disappeared from the Internet, and not for the first time either. Since then, it poked its head back out into cyberspace, but not for long; Google's Transparency Report is showing that it's gone again. » 5/15/13 10:38am 5/15/13 10:38am