Tag: Syria

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…

The most important things reached at the Teheran summit

The leaders of the three-way summit (Turkey, Russia and Iran) held in Tehran on Friday 7th Sempteber agreed to address the situation in the area of reducing the escalation in Syria, according to the spirit of Astana. This came in accordance with the final statement of the summit, which brought together Turkish President Recep Tayyip…

The Idlib offensive

On September 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran for a trilateral meeting on the future of the war in Syria.  The three major military powers meet as the Syrian Arab Army prepares to launch an offensive against the last major rebel stronghold in…

Idlib under attack by the Syrian regime

There are several reports about the approaching date of attack by the Syrian regime forces on Idlib province in the northwest of the country to end the control of the armed opposition. Amid the support and support of parties to Assad’s attack on Idlib, other parties reject the attack, warning of its consequences, which could…

New military formation in Northern Syria could be a game changer

Conflict reports in Northwest Syria were mixed after the announcement of a new military formation that includes factions actively engaged in the Syrian opposition, with the support of  the Turkish government. Four military groups in the North West of Syria, all with different aims and objectives and all in a densely populated narrow geographic area,…

Freeze on US funding for White Helmets (Free Syrian Civil Defense)

Two months ago, the US State Department hosted members of the White Helmets (Free Syria civil defense volunteers) at Foggy Bottom.  At that meeting, the humanitarian group was praised for saving lives in Syria. Now the White Helmets have been told, without any formal notification from the US administration, that American financial support for them…

A father sells his son in al-Faraj camp in rural Idlib

Poverty pushed me and the director of the camp complain about the poor living conditions of the displaced. A few days ago, a father sold his son for 300 Turkish liras (about 50,000 Syrian pounds) in Al Faraj camp at the Al Karama camps in rural Idlib. Ahmed Hassan al-Ghannam, a displaced person from Aleppo…

 Israel bombard Iran’s positions around Damascus   

Israel said its forces “hit all of Iran’s infrastructure in Syria“, commenting on the attacks it launched in response to the firing of rockets from Syria at Israeli military bases in the Golan Heights, at dawn on Thursday. Hours after the Israeli strikes, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel had hit all of Iran’s…

Law No. 10 and its effect on the Syrians  

Millions of displaced Syrians and refugees fear losing their hope of returning to their cities and towns, where they fled and left their property in the areas controlled by the regime after the entry into force of Law No. 10 signed by Bashar al-Assad earlier this month. The law ruled that Syrian citizens should show…

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…