Annual Sleeper Cell Report 2020 – SDF and Coalition Diminish Capability of ISIS, Lower Attacks and Deaths Across the Region

RIC_Report_SleeperCells2020_GraphsDownload Politically, the AANES and SDF continue to walk a tight rope between their allies and enemies. From the US-led Coalition, the SDF remains its number one ally in the region for a sustained…

Update: Coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria – week ending 13 September

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Our latest weekly report on the coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria: Over 100 health-workers in NES confirmed to have coronavirusKurdish Red Crescent raises alarm over false sense of securityHealth authorities try to overcome…

After ISIS: Ensuring a future for Christians and other minorities in North and East Syria

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Download the full report here. North and East Syria is both religiously and ethnically diverse. It is inhabited not only by (primarily Sunni Muslim) Arabs and Kurds, but also by Syriac-Assyrian Christians, Armenian Christians, Turkmen,…

Update: Coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria – week ending 6 September

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Our latest weekly report on the coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria finds: Detected coronavirus cases double in Euphrates region despite severe under-testingSlowdown in reported cases and deaths in worst-hit Jazira region and…

Report: US-Russian tensions and killing of top sheikh drive rise in ISIS sleeper cell and Syrian Government militia attacks

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  Coalition, SDF and AANES officials have all been meeting with tribal figures in Deir-ez-Zor in the context of rising tensions and security challenges Key Points - Assassination attempts doubled in August (7 to 14) including…

Update: coronavirus in North and East Syria – week ending 15 August

Our first weekly update on the growing coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria finds: — Coronavirus cases in North and East Syria (NES) rising rapidly following new outbreak at end of July — At least 15 confirmed cases among…

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…

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…

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),…

Six months on: political, security and humanitarian outcomes of Turkey’s 2019 invasion of North and East Syria

Download the full report here. On 9 October 2019, Turkey attacked border cities throughout North and East Syria (NES), with the aim of occupying the areas around Sere Kaniye and Tel Abyad. This resulted in the displacement of over…