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Explainer: What is Happening in Manbij?

Brief Between the 31st of March and the 1st of June, violent protests erupted in Manbij, which left at least three civilians dead and over a dozen injured. Concurrently, Russian troops attacked a security point of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), and the Turkish army shelled and continues to shell the […]

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State of the Occupation: A New Quarterly Report on Rights Violations in Turkish-Occupied NES

Download the full report here. RIC’s newest periodic report, appearing once every quarter, tracks human rights violations and crimes by Turkey and Turkish-backed SNA groups in the occupied regions of Afrin and the ‘M4 Strip’ – the border region between the occupied cities of Sere Kaniye and Tel Abyad. The RIC team: visited the frontlines […]


K24 – Kurdish-led security forces capture ISIS leader in Syria’s Deir al-Zor

Original article by Wladimir van Wilgenburg published on K24 on 3 May 2021 The suspect was “planning assassinations,” recruiting members, and facilitating terrorist activities, the Kurdish-led SDF said.ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Monday counterterrorism units had captured a high-ranking ISIS leader Syria’s in Deir al-Zor province. The SDF’s […]


Al-Monitor – Fighting between Syria’s Kurdish forces, pro-Assad militia enters fourth day

Original article published on Al-Monitor 23 April 2021 Fighting escalated between Syria’s Kurdish-led forces and members of a pro-regime militia in the northeastern city of Qamishli on Friday after a local community leader was shot dead returning home from a meeting about reducing tensions in the city. Shaykh Hayes al-Jaryan, also known as Abu Lawrence, was […]


Al-Monitor – Government, Kurdish forces clash in northeast Syria

The pro-government National Defense Forces fired on Kurdish Asayesh forces at a checkpoint in Qamishli, according to Kurdish sources. Original article published on Al-Monitor 21 April 2021 Clashes broke out in northeast Syria last night between Kurdish and government forces. The violence began in the Qamishli neighborhood of Tayy. The pro-government militia the National Defense Forces […]