The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.
A tribute to volunteers
2011 marks the International Year of Volunteers. One of the projects that the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support has in the pipelines is the development of guidelines and a toolkit for psychosocial support to volunteers in emergencies to ensure their long-run wellbeing.