“Our main objective is to develop autonomous local structures” – Agid Brahim, Federation of Wounded Individuals

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A worker at the only prosthesis factory of North and East Syria The war against ISIS, but also the recurring Turkish invasions in North and East Syria have left tens of thousands of fighters and civilians injured and long-term disabled.…

National Interest – Beware the Women of ISIS

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Original article by Emily Przyborowski in National Interest 2 April 2021 The female cadres of ISIS are now poised to expand as a result of a new generation of extremists now being incubated in Syria’s assorted refugees camps. Less…

El País – In Syria, there is a new kind of war against ISIS

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Operation against jihadists hiding at Al-Hol camp in Syria on Sunday. FOTO: NATALIA SANCHA Original article by Natalia Sancha for El País 1 April 2021 In the early morning darkness, a militiawoman loosens her braid under her balaclava…

Council On Foreign Relations – Biden-Harris Should Lead on Women’s Rights and Help End Syrian Conflict

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Female YPJ fighters celebrate Newroz with civilian women in Qamishli, Syria in 2016. Original article by Amy Austin Holmes, published in Council On Foreign Relations 26 March 2021 On the tenth anniversary of the Syrian uprising,…

Standing Alone: Medical, Political And Social Strategies For Supporting War-wounded Individuals In NES

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In a May 2020 report, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights estimated the number of deaths in the Syrian conflict at between 384,000 and 586,100 people. Since the outbreak of violence in 2011, the war has had a devastating impact on…

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…

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…