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K24 – Pro-government troops, local Kurdish forces make counter-arrests amid rising tensions in north Syria

Original Article by Wladimir van Wilgenburg in K24, 6 January 2021 ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Tensions continue to escalate between Syrian pro-government forces and local Internal Security Forces (Asayish) after the Syrian regime arrested several individuals in late December over alleged affiliation to the local Kurdish-led authority. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human […]


RUDAW- Turkish defense minister makes rare visit to Syrian border amid Ain Issa clashes

Original Article by Karwan Faidhi Dri, Rudaw, 30 December 2020 ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkey’s defense minister Hulusi Akar paid a rare visit to Sanliurfa province on the Syrian border on Wednesday to inspect troops amid intensified clashes with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in neighbouring Syria’s Ain Issa town. Akar led a top military […]


Hidden Battlefields: Rehabilitating ISIS Affiliates and Building a Democratic Culture in Their Former Territories

You can download the full report here. A “general amnesty” for all Syrian nationals held in Hol Camp was recently announced by the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the political authority representing the autonomous regions of Syria known as North and East Syria (NES) connected to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The decision was followed a week […]