Report: US-Russian tensions and killing of top sheikh drive rise in ISIS sleeper cell and Syrian Government militia attacks

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  Coalition, SDF and AANES officials have all been meeting with tribal figures in Deir-ez-Zor in the context of rising tensions and security challenges Key Points - Assassination attempts doubled in August (7 to 14) including…

Just Security – Despite US Veto, Desperate ISIS Suspects and Families Remain at Risk

Original Article by Letta Tayler, Just Security, 04 September 2020 There is good news and bad news from the Aug. 31 United Nations Security Council vote on a dangerously flawed draft resolution on so-called “foreign terrorist fighters,”…

Fox News – ISIS launched more than 100 attacks in Iraq in August, a sharp uptick from previous month

Original Article by Hollie McKay, Fox News, 04 September 2020 The remnants of ISIS in Iraq claimed 100 attacks across the embattled country over the past month alone, according to an assessment by the Terrorism Research and Analysis…

Syria Direct – ‘A ticking time bomb’: COVID-19 spike catches northeast Syria unprepared

Original Article by Will Christou, Syria Direct, 31 August 2020 AMMAN — “It’s a ticking time bomb; we’re maybe a month behind Damascus in terms of the COVID outbreak.” This is how a western aid worker involved in the COVID-19 response…

“What is very important for us is to see there is willingness to help us” – Gulistan Sido from the University of Rojava

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The University of Rojava recently launched an appeal for support to universities and academics around the world. RIC interviewed Gulistan Sido, responsible for external relations at the University of Rojava, to learn more about its history,…

al-Monitor – COVID-19 cases increasingly rapidly in northeast Syria

Original Article by Al-Monitor Staff, Al-Monitor, 28 August 2020 COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly in northeast Syria. The war-torn region is susceptible to an outbreak due to the effects of recent conflicts and the closure of an aid…