Translation: North and East Syria’s Anti-Terrorism Act used to try local ISIS suspects

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Note: this is the original piece of legislation used to try local ISIS suspects captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces or Asayish (internal security) in North and East Syria. It is based on internationally-recognized Syrian law, but has…
HPC-Jin

Explainer: Military and self defense forces in North and East Syria

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HPC-Jin The military and self-defense forces in North and East Syria are composed of various institutions that act on different levels with different responsibilities. From the Syrian Democratic Forces - the principal military force in North…

Explainer: Communes – the building block of democratic confederalism

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Commune meeting Giresor, 17 April 2019 Communes are the most basic unit of the political system of North and East Syria. They are established in Article 48 of the Social Contract, which defines the commune system as “the essential basic…

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…