Syrian Jihadists “Strident” In Diverting UN Food Aid

The head of the UN’s World Food Program, Ertharin Cousin, talked with me about her efforts to convince cash-strapped Western donors to give money to feed the burgeoning number of Syrians displaced by the violence and on how “al-Nusra has gotten much more strident in diverting our conveys” in Syria. Link to the Newsweek/Daily Beast here.

Syrian Refugees Skeptical of Obama

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

Bewildered, exhausted, fearful and grieving for family and friends dead in the 27-month-long civil war, Syrian refugees remain bitter about the lack of Western intervention and are skeptical that President Obama’s decision to arm the rebels will come to much and be able to swing the war decisively.

Many now say all they want is the conflict to end, even if that means a negotiated settlement with President Bashar al-Assad. Some worry what Syria will be like if he does fall and fear the influence of political Islam and the Al Qaeda-affilate Al Nusra.

See my VOA report here.