Tag: war

Syria: key events of 2018

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump declared victory against ISIL and announced the withdrawal of approximately 2000 American troops from Syria – a move that has attracted controversy at home and abroad. His fellow Republicans have labelled it a ‘huge’ mistake that may lead to further insurgency, undermine efforts to counter Iranian and Russian influence in…

Return of assassinations to Idlib: a new stage ?

On Thursday 26th April, Idlib witnessed a large-scale campaign of assassinations of military figures, leaders and operatives belonging to various armed factions, including the Sham Liberation Organization, the Turkestan Islamic Party and the Free Army. The assassinations were mostly carried out by security cells and by direct fire, from private cars and motorcycles. The cells…

Syria 7th anniversary: the use of chemical weapons as a game changer

The Syrian armed conflict entered its seventh year and the violence continues unabated, so much to become the world’s deadliest ongoing conflict. The multisided war has wracked a country whose survival is still at stake and since the beginning of the crisis in 2011, the humanitarian situation has deeply worsened. Syria has continuously witnessed human…

The industry of change

The media use the term “civil war” to describe what is happening in Syria, while the Western media – often – to highlight the actions of extremists working under the cloak of the so-called “State of Iraq and Syria,” in particular. This has left the impression of many observers – especially in Western countries – that…

Coward of the County  

Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it! When I read President Trump’s tweet last week, I was shaken – just like…

Syria: sex for aid. Women, war and charities

A new scandal breaks in the world of charities. After those surrounding Oxfam, aid workers operating in Syria in the behalf of the UN and international charities have been charged with sexual exploitation against vulnerable women in Syria. According to the UN report “Voices from Syria 2018”, indeed, sexual exploitation and harassment of women and…

The Kurdish conundrum. The new crux in the Syrian conflict

Last month the United States announced the creation of a new security force in the territories controlled by Kurdish Syrians along the Turkish border. Erdogan -Turkey’s president- promptly responded he would annihilate the new ‘Kurdish terror army’. Syria has yet again fallen into a never ending civil war. Barin Kobane was a female Kurdish fighter,…