The father of 13-year-old Yahya Sweed talks with his son a day after he was released from the hospital after one of his legs was amputated following shelling by government forces in the town of Kfar Nubul, Syria. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/ AFP/ Getty Images.
Deep uncertainty surrounding Syria hangs over President Barack Obama as he and his administration lobby to convince Congress to authorize use of military force against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
As the nation waits to see how lawmakers will choose to proceed on Syria, here’s an updated list of trusted Twitter accounts you can follow for live #Syria updates. With news from journalists and foreign affairs correspondents to Human Rights Watch activists, this compilation of Twitter accounts is mainly focused on delivering up-to-date coverage of the ongoing conflicts in Syria.
- @USEmbassySyria The U.S. Embassy in Syria
- @OCHA_Syria: Mobilizes and coordinates humanitarian assistance in Syria.
- @Now_Syria NOW Lebanon Staff
- @syriadeeply Independent Digital Media project led by journalists/technologists
- @SANA_English The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) is the national official news agency of #Syria. It was established in 1965.
— NOW Syria (@NOW_Syria) September 3, 2013
- Lara Setrakian @lara Foreign Correspondent based in Dubai/Middle East
- Jim Roberts @nycjim Executive Editor of Reuters Digital
Syria refugees top 2 million; UN sees worst greatest threat to world peace since Vietnam. http://t.co/x9tpO7zKBq
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) September 3, 2013
- Max Fisher @Max_Fisher Foreign Affairs blogger at The Washington Post
Should the the U.S. strike Syria? These are the five smartest arguments. http://t.co/kTOJ5zmL27
— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) September 3, 2013
Paul Danahar @pdanahar BBC Middle East Bureau Chief
Azmat Khan @AzmatZahra Al Jazeera America Senior Digital Producer
- Ilhan Tanir @WashingtonPoint Turkish daily Vatan Washington Correspondent
Breaking: Explosion in a depot in Hatay, borders w/Syria, killed 6 total, 1 of them Turkish. #NTV
— ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) September 3, 2013
- Anup Kaphle @anupkaphle Digital Foreign Editor at the Washington Post
- Laura Kasinof @kasinof Freelance Journalist
- Javier Espinosa @javierespinosa2 Middle East correspondent for El Mundo based in Beirut
- Richard Engel @RichardEngel NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent
The number of Syrians internally displaced is more than double the number of those who fled. Here's a helpful map: pic.twitter.com/yHHuvMiBU5
— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) September 3, 2013
- Ayat Basma @AyatBasma: Reuters reporter/producer based in Beirut
- Liz Sly @LizSly: Beirut bureau chief covering Syria, Lebanon, Iraq for The Washington Post
- Alexander Marquardt @MarquardtA: ABC News Middle East Correspondent
- Andrew Tabler @andrewtabler: Syria and Lebanon expert, senior fellow at the Washington Institute
2 million Syria refugees, 3 million by end 2013. They flee in fear with nothing and little hope of going home soon http://t.co/bKbE33fuPZ
— Liz Sly (@LizSly) September 3, 2013
- Arwa Damon @arwaCNN: CNN Senior International Correspondent
- Ben Hubbard @nytben: The New York Times Middle East correspondent
- Cara Swift @cswift2: BBC Middle East Producer
- Deb Amos @deborahamos: Covers the Middle East for NPR.
— Cara Swift (@cswift2) September 2, 2013
- Lina Sinjab @BBCLinaSinjab: BBC correspondent in Syria.
- Martin Chulov @martinchulov: Covering the Middle East for The Guardian.
- Matthieu Aikins @mattaikins: Reports from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and other places for magazines including Harper’s, the Atlantic, GQ and Wired.
- Miriam Elder @MiriamElder: Foreign editor at BuzzFeed.
— Lina Sinjab (@BBCLinaSinjab) September 1, 2013
- Paul Conroy @reflextv: Sunday Times photographer covering Syria.
- Tracey Shelton @tracey_shelton Senior correspondent for The Global Post covering Syria, Libya and conflict zones throughout the Middle East.
- Richard Colebourn @rcolebourn: BBC News Middle East bureau chief.
- Sam Dagher @samdagher: Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Covering Syria and Lebanon.
— Sam Dagher (@samdagher) September 3, 2013
Analysts, Scholars and Activists
- Ian Pannel @BBCiPannell: BBC correspondent.
- Jad Bantha @JadBantha: Human rights researcher and social media expert reporting from inside Syria.
- Fadi Salem @FadiSalem: From Aleppo, Syria. Author and director of Governance & Innovation at Dubai School of Government.
- Malath Aumran @MalathAumran Syrian Activist
- Joshua Landis @joshua_landis: Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and associate professor at the University of Oklahoma.
— Jad Bantha (@JadBantha) September 2, 2013
- Ole Solvang @OleSolvang: Senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch.
- Steven Heydemann @sheydemann Special Advisor, Middle East Initiatives for the United States Institute of Peace.
- Edward Dark @edwardedark Activist in Syria. Edward Dark is a pseudonym for the Syrian currently residing in Aleppo.
Also be sure to keep up with our Foreign Affairs team: @NewsHourWorld; Foreign editor Justin Kenny @JustinPKenny; deputy senior producer Dan Sagalyn @DanSagalyn; and reporter/producer P.J. Tobia @PJTobia.