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 intensified…

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…

Hidden Battlefields: Rehabilitating ISIS Affiliates and Building a Democratic Culture in Their Former Territories

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You can download the full report here. A “general amnesty” for all Syrian nationals held in Hol Camp was recently announced by the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the political authority representing the autonomous regions…

Report: ISIS sleeper-cell attacks reach record low despite mass releases, multiple Hol Camp fatalities

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Releases from Hol Camp have not led to more sleeper cell attacks, though the camp itself is still a flashpoint Key Points - November 2020 saw the lowest number of sleeper-cell attacks since records began since ISIS' territorial defeat…

Update: Coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria – November 2020

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Our latest monthly report on the coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria finds: • New quarantine in place across North and East Syria (NES) as coronavirus cases continue to rise• NES faces worst economic hardship in Syria as a…

Report: ISIS sleeper-cell attacks down, Hol Camp and Deir-ez-Zor remain flashpoints

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An Iraqi IDP caught in the crossfire during an attempted ISIS shooting in Hol Camp, November 2020 (Picture credit: NPA) Key Points Overall attacks decreased 11% (51, 45) in October, with 69% of those attacks taking place in Deir-ez-Zor…

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…

Providence – To Protect Syria’s Christians, Erdogan Must be Stopped

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Original op-ed by RIC's Thomas McClure, Providence, 26 October 2020 Extremists are slowly extinguishing of some of the world’s oldest Christian communities, while the world remains largely silent. The Syrian regime first repressed…