Kuwait is hosting an international donor conference to secure aid for Syrian refugees. The UN says it needs at least one billion dollars over the next six montnhs.
Syrian President Bashir al-Assad is isolated on the world stage. But now he's offering the West military cooperation in the fight against "Islamic State," painting himself as a guarantor of stability.
The United Nations says more than 3 million Syrians have become refugees fleeing the civil war that is devastating their country. It said 6.5 million more are displaced within Syria itself.
Barack Obama has downplayed US military action in Syria. A rebel faction in the civil war may have been responsible for abducting UN peacekeepers in the Syrian Golan Heights.
The Lebanese military is fighting jihadists from Syria. It wants to prevent Syria's war from spilling over into Lebanon for good. But complicated confessional loyalties in the country make this a difficult task.
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