Justin worked with Syria Direct until 2019. He focused on post-reconciliation communities in Syria and issues of transitional justice, and previously worked as a translator, interpreter and freelance journalist.
Islamic State sleeper cells are assassinating local officials and laying roadside bombs across eastern Syria, where the militant group is exploiting a fragile security situation despite losing its final territorial foothold in Syria earlier this week.
Syria’s 2011 uprising gave hundreds of Syrian journalists a new voice to tell their country’s story. But have men and women been given an equal voice? What if the language we use to describe Syrian issues is, in and of itself, biased? What if we’re missing half the story?
German development agency GIZ reinstated vital funding to health directorates across northwestern Syria according to “strict conditions,” local officials told Syria Direct on Monday, after it cut funds following major advances by hardline Islamist fighters in the region last month.
AMMAN: Pro-government forces escalated artillery and rocket barrages on rebel-held towns in Syria’s northwest on Sunday, days after trilateral international talks between Iran, Russia and Turkey over the region’s future ended with little sign of concrete agreement.
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: Hardline Islamist fighters from Hay’at Tahrir a-Sham seized nearly a dozen towns and villages from rival Syrian opposition factions in the country’s northwest Tuesday morning, as inter-factional clashes continue to tip the balance of power across the rebel-held region for a second week.