Turkish Assault on NES Humanitarian Infrastructure: October 7th, 2023, Day 3 Report

Turkey's assault on NES' humanitarian infrastructure continues, with aerial bombardment accompanied by intense shelling. Full report for day 3 attached. Highlights: - Five airstrikes overnight, hitting a hospital, a water pumping station,…

Turkish Assault on NES Humanitarian Infrastructure: October 6th, 2023, Day 2 Report

Turkey's assault on NES' humanitarian infrastructure expands, with aerial bombardment accompanied by intense shelling. Full report for day 2 attached. Highlights: - Over 60 Turkish air-strikes target over 30 locations, hitting electricity,…

Turkish Assault on NES Humanitarian Infrastructure: October 5th, 2023, Day 1 Report

A full report from day 1 of Turkey's ongoing wave of airstrikes against humanitarian infrastructure in Kurdish-led North and East Syria, including a list and map of all strikes and targets, plus data, comment and background. HIGHLIGHTS: -…

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…

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

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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…

Incessant War: Turkey’s Drone Campaign in NES, 2022

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After several failed attempts to secure a greenlight from the United States of America (US) and Russia for a ground invasion in NES, Turkey has relied increasingly on drone attacks as a strategy to weaken the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)…

Explainer: Afrin, 5 years under Turkish occupation

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The Afrin region, in the far north-west of Syria, was one of the 3 original Kurdish cantons of Rojava. Rojava alludes to the Kurdish-majority populated areas in Syria, comprising the western part of Kurdistan. In 2012, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)…

Los ataques de Turquía en el Norte y Este de Siria, el campamento de al-Hol y la batalla contra el ISIS

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Desde el comienzo de la reciente escalada de ataques turcos contra el Norte y Este de Siria (NES), figuras de las Fuerzas Democráticas de Siria (FDS) y de la Coalición Global han hecho hincapié en cómo las ofensivas de Turquía hacen descarrilar…

The Shammar tribe in North and East Syria

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“The Shammar is not just a traditional tribe; a big part of the tribe is involved in politics”. The late Sheikh Hamidi talking with SDF General Commander Mazloum Abdi. The Shammar is AANES’ closest ally amongst the Arab tribes in…

Turkey’s attacks in North and East Syria, al-Hol camp, and the battle against ISIS

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From the start of Turkey's recent escalation of its attacks on NES, figures within the SDF and Global Coalition have emphasized how Turkish offensives derail the fight against ISIS, directly and indirectly. In a new explainer, RIC outlines the…