May Sleeper Cell Report – ISIS Ramps Up Attacks on Oil Targets

Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) and the Anti-Terror Units (YAT) Commando Forces in eastern Raqqa city (YPJ Media Center) Key points 23 confirmed sleeper cell attacks across NES in May; showing a slight decrease from April ISIS…

Translation: Law of Democratic Municipalities and the Federation of  Municipalities

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In anticipation of the forthcoming municipal elections in NES, planned for 11th of June 2024, the DAANES passed a new law specifying its system of municipalities and federations of municipalities. The elections have been called…

Translation: Administrative Divisions Law

In preparation for the forthcoming municipal elections in NES, planned for 11th of June, 2024, the DAANES passed a new law defining the administrative divisions of the NES region. This follows the DAANES' publication of the new Social Contract…

Translation: Municipal Elections Law 2024

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In anticipation of the forthcoming municipal elections in NES, planned for 11th of June 2024, DAANES passed a new law explaining the election process. The elections have been called in accordance with the publication of the New Social Contract…

April Sleeper Cell Report – SDF Commander in Chief Criticizes Coalition’s “Diminished Focus”

SDF ‘Commandos’ conduct a security operation in Deir ez-Zor, April 26th. [Photo: SDF] Key points 25 sleeper cell attacks in April, 2 less than March  10 military personnel killed and 11 injured, 6 civilians killed and…

March Sleeper Cell Report – Moscow attack puts international spotlight on ISIS’ enduring threat

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Key points 27 sleeper cell attacks in March, just one up from February 10 military personnel killed, 13 military personnel injured, 1 civilian killed in ISIS attacks 6 ISIS members killed and 31 arrested in 7 SDF/Asayish raids…

Upcoming elections, the new Social Contract and political system changes – interview with Kobane Autonomous Administration officials.

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In December 2023, the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (DAANES) approved and published its much-anticipated updated Social Contract, based on “democratic, environmental, societal and women’s freedom”. Amongst…

February Sleeper Cell Report – ISIS attacks up, Turkiye targets YPG/YPJ veterans

YPJ forces participate in "Operation Humanity and Security" in Hol camp. Key points Sleeper cell attacks up 62% from January 6 military personnel killed, 11 military personnel injured, 6 civilians killed in ISIS attacks - roughly…

January Sleeper Cell Report – Third Phase of Hol Camp Operation Begins

Asayish forces in Hol camp during the third phase of "Operation Humanity and Security" Key Points: 16 confirmed sleeper cell attacks across NES in January; equal to the month prior 4 military personnel killed, 10 military personnel…

“Research and heritage management should be led by local populations” – Vision, conservation NGO

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In December 2023, RIC interviewed Vision, a heritage and conservation NGO in Raqqa; a city whose rich cultural heritage was heavily destroyed by ISIS during the time of the so-called Caliphate. Vision coordinator, Ezzat Suleiman al-Mouh, describes…