July 14, 2013 After fleeing his native Syria, Mohammad al-Hariri became the most powerful man in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where more than 120,000 refugees live. Aid workers view him as running a criminal enterprise, but they appear to have little choice but to work with him.
July 12, 2013 After a string of defeats, Syrian rebels have scored rare victories around Dera'a, a key battlefront near Damascus. Rebel commanders say those gains could be lost without a dependable arms supply and promised U.S. aid. So far, those weapons haven't materialized.
July 1, 2013 Amid the turbulent Middle East, Jordan remains stable — for now. But internal and external pressures are mounting. From within, a faltering economy and a popular demand for a say in how the country is governed. And from without, a flood of refugees from Syria that are straining resources.
June 26, 2013 It's happened across the Middle East — and now it's happening in Jordan. The country's government has cracked down on news and other Internet sites. A new law requires those sites to be registered with the government and have a member of Jordan's press council on staff. Some are calling it another form of censorship.
June 4, 2013 Since the Syrian uprising began, the opposition often seemed to have the momentum. But that dynamic seems to have changed recently. President Bashar Assad remains defiant and his army seems to be faring better, with help from Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.
May 15, 2013 War crimes are increasingly defining the conflict in Syria. But a recent workshop for opposition fighters held in southern Turkey hopes to teach them international humanitarian law that helps them be "Fighters Not Killers."
May 9, 2013 Ambassador Robert Ford, the State Department's point man on Syrian policy, met with the head of the Aleppo military council on Wednesday. Syrian rebels thanked him for the delivery of some 65,000 MREs. Both the visit and the shipment appear to be a sign of support for Gen. Salim Idriss, the rebels' commander.