Entries by Rojava IC


August Sleeper Cell Report – unrest in Deir ez-Zor takes headlines.

Deir ez-Zor Military Council leaders in al-Kasra town, Deir ez-Zor. Key Points 22 confirmed ISIS sleeper cell attacks occurred in NES; more than double that of July. 10 military personnel were killed, 14 military personnel were injured, and 6 civilians were killed in ISIS attacks. In 10 SDF and Coalition raids, 6 members of ISIS […]

Explainer: Deir ez-Zor

Abu Khawla, leader of the Deir ez-Zor Military Council. On the 27th of August, with the advent of a “Security Enhancement Operation” in the Deir ez-Zor area, reportedly targeting ISIS sleeper cells and drug dealers, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested the Deir ez-Zor Military Council (DMC) leader, Ahmed Al-Khabil, popularly known as Abu Khawla. […]


July Sleeper Cell Report – ISIS Psychological Warfare Remains Strong in Deir ez-Zor, UN Joins Calls for Repatriation

Children of ISIS during training. Screen capture from a video report of YPJ Information which includes footage collected from foreign women affiliated with ISIS. Key Points: 10 confirmed ISIS sleeper cell attacks in July, a decrease from 24 in June 3 military personnel killed, 1 military personnel injured, 1 civilian killed, 1  civilian injured in […]


Environmental leaders in North and East Syria – interviews with Jazira Canton Municipality and ‘Keziyen Kesk’ organization

In the face of an array of ecological challenges, a range of actors in NES have been working to cultivate an “environmentally minded population”. RIC spoke with Berivan Omer, a member of Jazira region’s leadership board and the women’s ecology platform, Ziwer Shexo, a volunteer for Keziyen Kesk (‘Green Braids’), a popular environmental initiative, and […]


June Sleeper Cell Report – Trials of Foreign ISIS Fighters to Commence Amid Repatriation Woes, US Soldier Pleads Guilty to Aiding ISIS

A Danish delegation meets with the Autonomous Administration to repatriate a woman and two children from Roj Camp, June 22. (Photo: AANES) Key Points: 24 sleeper cell attacks in June, an 85% increase from 13 in May  11 military personnel killed, 5 military personnel injured, 4 civilians killed and 5 civilians injured in ISIS cell […]

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When Jihadism Learns to Smile: HTS’ Evolution and its Current Presence in North and Northwestern Syria

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has spent the last year branching out from its Idlib stronghold to plant itself within SNA-held northern Syria. As it expands politically and militarily into northern Syria, HTS – a designated terrorist organization – is pushing its own agenda as an increasingly powerful actor, at times with tacit Turkish approval, at […]

Elections opportunity for Kurdish-Turkish de-escalation – US think tank

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – The upcoming Turkish elections on May 14, especially if they yield an opposition victory, will be “a rare opportunity” for the US to broker a Turkish-Kurdish peace, argues a new report by the New Lines Institute, a Washington-based think tank. Original article published on North Press by Sascha Hoffman on […]