Young and Promising: An Introduction to the NES University System

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In the face of war and regional isolation, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) has constructed a network of universities on its territory in order to rival the knowledge-production institutions of the Syrian government.…

August Sleeper Cell Report: rising threat level in Hol camp prompts ‘Operation Humanity and Security’

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Asayish during 'Operation Humanity and Security'. The ongoing ‘Operation Humanity and Security’ in Hol camp yielded 121 arrests in the month of August. Outside of Hol camp, sleeper cell attacks and casualties increased slightly…

July Sleeper Cell Report: Low Number of Attacks, Major Events

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A major Asayish raid on the 22nd in Hol camp yielded at least 19 arrests. Security forces remain on high alert over a possible attack on the camp despite low number of murders this month.   Sleeper cell attacks down from June;…

The Syrian National Army: The Turkish Proxy Militias of Northern Syria

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Download the full report here. The Syrian National Army (SNA) was established in late 2017, composed mainly of Turkmen factions. It grew into a kaleidoscope of militias, including former Free Syrian Army (FSA) militias, armed groups from…

The Rojava Revolution – A Decade On (Part I)

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Part I History of the Revolution: Much Achieved, Still Much to be Done 1. Introduction The ‘Rojava Revolution’ began exactly ten years ago, on July 19th 2012, when three predominantly Kurdish-inhabited areas of Syria declared their…

June Sleeper Cell Report: No Change in Number of Attacks, Raids

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Group of girls in al-Hol's foreigners' Annex during a 'graduation ceremony' under ISIS banner (see below).   Sleeper cell attacks remained on par with May, though more deadly for SDF Violence outside al-Hol is more deadly: 16…

Estado de la ocupación Q4: Las luchas internas alcanzan su punto más alto durante el otoño mientras se avecina la guerra

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Descargue el informe completo aquí. El informe trimestral de RIC sobre el estado de la ocupación turca en el norte de Siria hace un seguimiento de las violaciones de los derechos humanos y los crímenes cometidos por Turquía y los grupos…

State of the Occupation Q4: Infighting Reaches All Time High During the Fall as War Looms

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Download the full report here. RIC’s quarterly report on the state of the Turkish occupation in Northern Syria tracks human rights violations and crimes committed by Turkey and Turkish-backed SNA groups in the occupied regions…

May Sleeper Cell Report: attacks down but intensity of SDF anti-terror raids threatens tribal relations in Deir ez-Zor

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Sleeper cell attacks more than halved compared to April6 assassinations in al-Hol2 large security operations in al-Hol saw 31 arrested in totalOutside of al-Hol, 51 people with links to ISIS were arrestedAnti-terror raids in Deir ez-Zor greatly…

April Sleeper Cell Report: Bloodiest Month Yet Due To ISIS Ramadan Campaign

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The 7 victims of ISIS' attack on the head of the Deir ez-Zor Civil Council Public Relations Office near Abu Khashab on April 27th 54 sleeper cell attacks across NES (32 claimed by ISIS), a 184% increase on MarchViolent 'Two Sheikhs Campaign'…