Residents of SDF-controlled northeastern Syria say the US military presence there brings a sense of relative stability, one that any withdrawal—as Washington was recently reported to be considering—would shatter.
Villages on the line of contact between regime and Turkish-backed opposition forces in the southern Afrin countryside live under constant threat of unpredictable shelling. The volatile security situation leaves families choosing between sending their children to school, despite the risks, or depriving them of an education in the hopes of keeping them safe.
Dozens of homes surrounding the al-Sinaa prison in Hasakah city were demolished in the wake of a major Islamic State attack in January 2022. Nearly two years later, homeowners have not been compensated despite AANES promises.