Interview: Adil Haji Hassan, kidnapped and released for ransom by SNA in Sere Kaniye

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Adil Haji Hassan is an IDP who fled from Sere Kaniye during the Turkish invasion in October 2019. He was interviewed in Qamishlo on 8 May 2020. Syrian National Army fighters and Turkish soldiers after the invasion of Afrin, 18 March 2018 My…

Human Rights Watch – تركيا/سوريا: المياه سلاح خلال وباء عالمي؟

Women hold stacks of bread as they walk along an empty street, as restrictions are imposed as measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Qamishli, Syria March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Rodi Said - RC2VPF9DRWOE Published…

Report: anti-ISIS arrests and raids drop as tensions over COVID-19 rise

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Arrests of ISIS members in North and East Syria dropped to almost nothing in March, despite continued attacks March saw decreases across the board - in terms of attacks, raids, deaths and arrests - suggesting COVID-19 has distracted SDF…
ISIS sleeper cell arrested in Manbij

Report: One year on from ISIS’ defeat, sleeper-cell attacks remain a deadly threat

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It’s been a year since ISIS’ final territorial defeat by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and International Coalition in Baghouz on 23 March. But a comparison of the year-on-year data shows ISIS remain as potent a threat as ever,…

Dossier: Turkish provision of material support to al-Qaeda-linked groups in Idlib

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Prepared by special request for an upcoming bilateral meeting in the United States Congress, our latest dossier compiles visual evidence of Turkish provision of material support to al-Qaeda-linked groups in Idlib. Turkey is using the…

Report: 2019 review of sleeper cell attacks and anti-ISIS raids in North and East Syria

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Key findings • The months leading up to September saw a steady month-on-month decrease in ISIS sleeper cell attacks, and an increase in SDF anti-ISIS raids. Following the Turkish invasion in October, the number of attacks has consistently…

Report: The Political System of North and East Syria

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The new RIC report, 'Beyond the frontlines - The building of the democratic system in North and East Syria,' describes the system of political organization in North and East Syria. We spoke to over 50 political actors in North and East…

Die christlichen Kämpferinnen von Tell Tamer

Im Norden Syriens leiden Minderheiten wie die Christen unter der türkischen Offensive. Auch sie fühlen sich verraten. Nicht nur Männer bereiten sich auf den Kampf vor. Nisha Gorie, die Sprecherin der Fraueneinheit des Militärrats der…

SDF and Coalition conduct 347 anti-ISIS raids and 476 arrests in 2019, 75% decrease since Turkish invasion

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YPG and Asayish special forces captured hundreds of sleeper cell members, in addition to thousands of ISIS members captured on the battlefield or in surrender ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported killed in a US raid near the Turkish…

ISIS families escape Ain Issa camp in northeast Syria after Turkish bombardment

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The defense post Original article by Joanne Stocker, October 13, 2019 Hundreds of family members of Islamic State adherents held inside a camp in Ain Issa, northern Syria, have escaped following Turkish bombardment nearby, according…

Kurdish civilians flee as Turkish forces bomb Syria for third day

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Original article by Michael Safi in Amman and Julian Borger in Washington Airstrikes and shells hit north-east as Trump raises possibility of sanctions on Ankara Syrian-Arab and Kurdish civilians arrive in Hassakah city after fleeing…

Turkey begins offensive on Kurdish-held Syrian territory

Original article by MEE and agencies, 9 October 2019 Assault on northeastern region begins despite Trump's insistence that Washington has not abandoned the Kurds Smoke billows following Turkish bombardment in the northeastern town of…

Head of Syrian town says Berlin partnership focused on ecology – K24, Iraqi Kurdistan

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Original article by Wladimir van Wilgenburg, Kurdistan 24. A partnership was signed this summer between Berlin’s Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and the mixed Kurdish-Christian town of Derik in the northeast of Syria (Photo: social media) Rojîn…

US concerned Turkish offensive could derail mission in Syria – Rûdaw, Iraqi Kurdistan

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Original article by Rudaw staff. The US military is greatly concerned that its forces in Syria could be caught up in clashes between Turkey and predominately-Kurdish forces partnered with the US-led international anti-ISIS coaliton, a major…

Bomb explodes outside church in Qamishli Christian neighborhood – The Defense Post, US

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Original article by Joanne Stocker, The Defense Post. A car bomb that blew up outside a church in a Christian area of the city of Qamishli in northeast Syria injured nearly a dozen people, security services in northeast Syria said. Islamic…