The since-deleted video shows the soldiers asking Syrians if they watch Mia Khalifa, only to receive confused looks.
"I know that the regime cannot be trusted," Jude Ash, a Syrian activist who is now an asylum applicant in the U.S., told Newsweek. "Any attempt by the regime to facilitate any transition or resolution, the main problem there is trust," he explained.
Nearly 7,000 Syrians will be temporarily shielded from deportation.
The list of signatories includes professors from elite colleges and at least 40 Nobel laureates.
President Assad has strengthened his position with likely fiercer battles to come despite the deadly siege of Aleppo.
Greece has been processing about 45 asylum requests a day, which at this rate would take 20 years to complete.
The cold winter months have not stopped refugees and migrants from attempting the journey.
It's unclear whether the arrests were linked to a heightened security alert Geneva authorities declared on Thursday.
The Texas action came as Donald Trump touched off a global firestorm by saying that Muslims should be denied entry into the U.S.
Few refugee shelters in Europe have as much history as Tempelhof Airport, which recently opened hangars to more than 2,000 asylum seekers.
A new app transforms the cost of your turkey into donations for refugees.
Amid chaos, Newsweek's Janine di Giovanni tells the human stories of those caught up in Syria's war.
The International Organization for Migration said the figure rose from 4,500 a day during September.
Photos of Aylan Kurdi on a Turkish beach have captured the world's attention.
Poor health conditions, makeshift churches and lessons in applying for asylum form aspects of life in The Jungle.