Transcript: Col. Myles Caggins of the International Coalition to Defeat ISIS – joint press conference with SDF

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Myles Caggins: It's good to see everybody. My colleagues and my partners in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have just described the important operations against ISIS in Heseke and Deir-ez-Zor. And I'm here to remind everyone that…

Interview: Why do the ‘Caesar’ sanctions affect NES, and how can this be prevented? – Cheleng Omer, economist

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Cheleng Omer is a former professor at Afrin University, and one of the top economists in North and East Syria. The interview was carried out on 19 July 2020. Semalka border crossing, connecting North and East Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo:…

Annual report of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria

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Many events and occurrences have taken place in 2019 which have had a great impact on Syria in general and on the situation in the autonomous areas of North and East Syria in particular. Our area has continued to be at the centre of…

Interview: “When COVID-19 does arrive, these water cuts will kill people” – Sara Montinaro from Kurdish Red Crescent

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Sara Montinaro, project manager at Kurdish Red Crescent, explains the water situation in Heseke after the latest cut-off of Allouk water station which is under Turkish occupation. She was interviewed on 11 July 2020. Water trucks from the…

Explainer: The Syrian Democratic Council – A proposal for a democratic Syria

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The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is a political assembly representing political parties and organizations in North and East Syria. The SDC creates a political framework for the governance of Syria along a decentralized, federal model.…
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Interview: Civil Defense Forces commanders on community policing in North and East Syria

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The Civil Defense Forces (HPC) is a voluntary, community-based organisation which carries out community policing functions in NES. Following the recent unrest in the USA, the HPC has been held up by some commentators as an alternative…

Interview: NGO officer talks about the situation of IDPs since Turkish invasion

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Washokani IDP camp Interview with Mohammed Baaqi, livelihood officer for the NGO Hevi. The NGO works with IDPs living both in camps and informal settlements. Mohammed Baaqi was interviewed 26 April 2020. My name is Mohammed Baaqi, and…

Translation: Law concerning military service in North and East Syria

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In common with all states and major non-state actors in the region, the Autonomous Administration operates a program of compulsory military service for military-age males. ‘Self-defence duty’ is the name given to military service in…

Interview: Sozda Ahmed from the Water Bureau for Heseke on water cut-offs, impact on Corona prevention

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Sozda Ahmed is the co-chair of the Water Bureau for Heseke canton. She was interviewed on 8 April 2020. Right now, we are reliant on water being pumped from the pumping station at Allouk, but there is no guarantee as far as this station…

Interview: Workers discuss the economic impact of Corona in NES

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A logistics worker, a day laborer and a housewife from Hemo village, near Qamishlo, talk about the economic hardship they have been facing since the Corona outbreak. They were interviewed 25 May 2020. Main market in Qamishlo Suleiman…