Syria's "Monuments Men" Are Trying to Save History Amidst ISIS Chaos

Roman ruins. Byzantine villages. Umayyad architecture. The relics of the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes, and Ottomans. Syria has some of the most remarkable cultural history in the world—and now, National Geographic reports that Syrians are using archaeological first aid to save it. » 9/03/14 3:29pm 9/03/14 3:29pm

This video explains why everything is going to hell in Iraq right now

It seems that, after hundreds of thousands of deaths, Iraq is in a worse state than before the 2003 invasion? How the hell did this happen? Who are these crazy ISIS killers terrorizing everyone and taking over the country? You'll understand it all after watching this easy-to-follow video explainer. » 6/19/14 8:39pm 6/19/14 8:39pm

Incredible video of a Syrian airplane shooting straight at a cameraman

There are very few things as scary as having a war plane coming at you firing its machine gun. The Aviationist found this video of a Syrian Arab Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum strafing at rebel positions. Oh yes, that war is still going on, although nobody is paying attention any more. » 3/31/14 8:30pm 3/31/14 8:30pm

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.… » 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,… » 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

John McCain Got Caught Playing Poker During Syria Hearing

John McCain. United States Senator. 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee. American Hero. iPhone Poker Player during a fairly important Senate hearing about the use of force in Syria. Yep, The Washington Post captured Senator John McCain fooling around on his iPhone during a three hour hearing about Syria. » 9/03/13 7:58pm 9/03/13 7:58pm