Sleeper Cell Report: Attacks Decrease in Deir ez-Zor Due to Successful Raids, ISIS Activity Across NES Remains High

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Key Points - 25 sleeper cell attacks were reported in June across NES, significantly less than the previous month (42 attacks in May) - 15 of these attacks were claimed by ISIS - 19 deaths were caused by sleeper cell attacks, and at…

Explainer: What is Happening in Manbij?

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Members of the Manbij Tribal Council 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…

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

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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…

Sleeper-Cell Report: Attacks Remain High in May, Targeting Armed Forces and Civilians, Especially in Deir ez-Zor

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Arrests carried out by HAT (Asayish special forces) in response to an IED attack on a military vehicle in Kibar, Deir ez-Zor Key Points May 2021 has seen 42 sleeper cell attacks across North and East Syria, a slight rise as compared to…

Beyond Rojava: North and East Syria’s Arab Regions

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    Download the full report here. The new political program in NES is driving major political and societal transformations in terms of direct democracy and gender equality. But implementing this program has been challenging…

Sleeper-Cell Report: Number of attacks increase but are less deadly, only one killing in Hol Camp

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An ISIS attack east of Raqqa led to the death of female Asayish officer Siham al-Shanan Key facts During the month of April, 40 sleeper cell attacks happened across North and East Syria. This represents a significant rise in attacks as…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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The pro-government National Defense Forces fired on Kurdish Asayesh forces at a checkpoint in Qamishli, according to Kurdish sources. Photo by DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images Original article published on Al-Monitor 21 April 2021 Clashes…

K24 – Killings in Syria’s al-Hol camp down after SDF security operation

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Original article published on Kurdistan24 by Wladimir van Wilgenburg on 15 April 2021 ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The number of targeted killings in the al-Hol displacement camp in northeast Syria have fallen slightly following a sweeping…