Syrian Journey: Choose your own escape route

The Syrian conflict has torn the country apart, leaving thousands dead and driving millions to flee their homes. Many seek refuge in neighbouring countries but others pay traffickers to take them to Europe – risking death, capture and deportation.

If you were fleeing Syria for Europe, what choices would you make for you and your family? Take our journey to understand the real dilemmas the refugees face.

Enemies, alliances and animosity in the Middle East

The friendships and enmities among countries, political groups and militant organisations in the Middle East

Second source, another visualization: Syria Visualizations Illustrate Complexity and Division

Inside the Hunt for the World’s Most Dangerous Terrorist

Terrorism online presented a new twist—never before had the United States been involved in a conflict where the enemy could communicate from overseas directly with the American people. And just months before I arrived at the FBI in 2007, working as a special counsel and later chief of staff to Director Robert Mueller, a new online tool named Twitter launched. We had no idea then how much power it would give to online extremists.

3 Million People With Nowhere to Go

President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are about to attack Idlib, the last rebel-held province in Syria. Fear of mass slaughter is increasing.

Syria taught me that knowledge does not lead to accountability. The families who were buried under the rubble will not get justice. Those who had to start over in foreign lands and were vilified for having the temerity to want to raise their children in safety won’t either. Neither will those who drowned on the way to European shores, nor will those who were besieged and starved to within an inch of their life get justice.