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

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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…

RUDAW- Deadly clashes continue in Ain Issa as Russia deploys additional forces

Original Article by Karwan Faidhi Dri, Rudaw, 28 December 2020 ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Fresh clashes between Kurdish forces and Turkey-backed militants in Ain Issa in Syria’s Raqqa province resulted in the death of several…

K24- Russia calls for de-escalation in Ain Issa ahead of meeting with Turkey

Original Article by Wladimir van Wilgenburg, K24, 28 December 2020 ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday called on all parties to cease shelling near the Syrian town of Ain Issa, the Russian state news agency…

AL JAZEERA- Civilians flee Ain Issa, northeast Syria as clashes escalate

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Original Article by Tessa Fox, Al Jazeera, 27 December 2020 At least 9,500 people have fled their homes in Ain Issa, northeast Syria, following an escalation in clashes between the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (TSNA) and the Kurdish-led…

Al Jazeera- Inside Syria’s former ISIL bases converted to treat COVID

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Original Article by Andrea Prada Bianchi, Al Jazeera, 23 December 2020. Northern Syria – The facade of the COVID-19 treatment centre in Tabqa, a town on the shores of Lake Assad not far from Raqqa, is riddled with bullet holes. From…

Fox News – ISIS sleeper cell attacks in Syria reach record low, data shows

November marked the lowest number of ISIS attacks in 18 months

GIWPS – How COVID-19 Underscores the Urgent Need to Repatriate Women and Children from Northeast Syria Camps

Original Article by Agathe Christien, Emma Jouenne and Elena Scott-Kakures, Georgetown GIWPS, 09 December, 2020 It has become urgent to repatriate women and children from Northeast Syria camps as COVID-19 is rapidly spreading in Syria. Following…

Persecution – Report: Turkey – Challenges facing Christians 2016-2020

Original Report by International Christian Concern, Persecution, 07 December, 2020 From the Introduction: “TURKEY: Challenges Facing Christians 2016-2020 reviews the period between 2016 – 2020. It analyzes how the dynamics…

National Interest – Bashar al-Assad is struggling for influence in North and East Syria

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Original op-ed by RIC's Thomas McClure, The National Interest, 29 October 2020. The October 2019 ‘deal’ between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Government was poorly-understood from the outset. Foreign…

VICE – Kurdish Women Are Working the Land to Achieve Financial Independence

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Original article by Rachel Hagan, VICE, 12 September 2020. Ahin Hassan’s family were angry when she decided to get a job. Her parents expected the 22-year-old to stay at home and focus on her domestic duties. They warned her that…