Sleeper Cell Report: ISIS begins to claim more attacks amidst steady drumbeat of raids and arrests

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SDF and HAT troops in Deir ez-Zor Key Points – 13 sleeper cell attacks documented, 6 claimed by ISIS – The attacks resulted in 11 deaths, including assassinations of SDF, Asayish and AANES members – 4 people died in Al-Hol…

Ahrar al-Sharqiya: War Crimes with Impunity

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Download the full report here. In July of 2021, the US treasury sanctioned Turkish-backed SNA faction Ahrar al-Sharqiya and two of its leaders, Ahmad Ihsan Fayyad (Abu Hatem Shaqra) and Raed Jassim Al-Hayes (Abu Jaafer Shaqra) under…

The Voice of America – Displaced Children in Northeast Syria May Never Recover, Observers Fear

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Original article published on The Voice of America by Jeff Seldin on 23 September 2021 Nearly 2½ years after the fall of the Islamic State terror group's self-declared caliphate, there still appears to be no escape for tens of thousands…

The Washington Institute – A Tale of Two Islamic State Insurgencies in Syria

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Original article published on The Washington Institute for Near East Policy by Ido Levy on 17 September 2021 “In the Valley of Syria...Heaven and Hell!” This was the title of a featured editorial in the August 12 edition of the Islamic…

The Defense Post – Afrin’s Syrian Kurds Continue to Pay Price of Turkey’s Occupation

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Original article published on The Defense Post by Rebecca Anne Proctor on 15 September 2021 Zeinab, a 73-year-old Syrian Kurd, had lived in her home in Afrin in northwestern Syria for 13 years. She was alone. Her husband had recently…