Jodi Brignola is a journalism intern and past trainee in Syria Direct’s Media Training Program. Jodi is a Masters candidate in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and is in Amman on a Boren Fellowship.
Seemingly endless lines of Islamic State fighters streamed out of the group’s last pocket, Baghouz, last weekend as US-backed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces rendered the thin strip of riverbank into a surrealistic sea of empty tents and abandoned cars. By Saturday morning, defeat was finally announced.
AMMAN: An Islamic State fighter detonated a suicide vest beside a restaurant in downtown Manbij, Aleppo province, on Wednesday afternoon, killing at least 15 people—including several American military personnel—and injuring more than 20 others, a Kurdish military source told Syria Direct.
AMMAN: A Russian- and Turkish-brokered demilitarized buffer zone in northwestern Syria that has weathered months of tit-for-tat violence between pro-government forces and rebels could hang in the balance after a major escalation in bombardments there that has tested relations between Moscow and Ankara.