Interview: “These ‘cafes’ manipulate women, and so we shut them down” – Raqqa Women’s Office

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A recent ruling from the Raqqa Civil Council bans women from working in “cafeterias” in the city, as well as banning the public consumption of alcohol. On the one hand, the ruling provides an example of North and East Syria’s devolved…

Report: ISIS attacks falling despite anger over top sheikh’s assassination

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Deir-ez-Zor continues to be the focus of ISIS-claimed attacks in North and East Syria Attacks on village chiefs and people connected to AANES continued, claiming 7 lives in July and leading to protests and violence in Deir-ez-Zor in early…

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:…

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…

PRI – “People in northeast Syria are in desperate need of help. Aid groups can’t get to them”

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 July 01, 2020 · 2:30 PM EDT Original artical By Shirin Jaafari, The World. People in northeast Syria are in desperate need of help. Aid groups can’t get to them. This week, heads of 20 aid agencies published an open letter urging…

Sweeping SDF and Coalition raids drive fall in ISIS sleeper-cell attacks

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Material damage to the Mala Jin (Women's House) in Deir-ez-Zor caused during an ISIS sleeper-cell attack Sleeper-cell attacks fall 46% in North and East Syria as SDF conducts week of raids arresting 110 ISIS suspectsAssassinations nonetheless increase…

Utrikes Magasinet – Allt fler IS-fångar på rymmen – Turkiet gängse väg hem

Original Article by Bitte Hammargren, Utrikes Magasinet, 01 July 2020 Detta är en uppdaterad version av en analys som Bitte Hammargren skrivit på uppdrag av Center mot våldsbejakande extremism (CVE). Nyligen rymde tre finska kvinnor…

Dossier: El sistema democràtic del nord i l’est de Síria

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El 9 d'octubre de 2019, la invasió turca de Síria va iniciar un nou capítol en la Guerra Civil d'aquest país i va obrir nous escenaris polítics pels poders regionals i globals. A mesura que les Forces Armades Turques (TAF) i les seves…

Wave of arson attacks add to growing sleeper-cell threat in North and East Syria

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In May, both joint SDF and Coalition raids and sleeper-cell raids increased.  Raids increased 86% (22 up to 41), even before the start of June’s massive anti-ISIS operation in Deir-ez-Zor. Total attacks increased 110% (40 up to 84),…

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…