In Syria’s eastern Deir e-Zor province, the Islamic State is increasingly moving out of the shadows, openly recruiting new members in villages, reactivating its religious police force and escalating attacks.
Amid worsening economic conditions, Syrians throughout the country are greeting Ramadan this year with tighter budgets and “feelings of loss.”
The wheat harvest is starting in northeast Syria amidst a regional drought. Local farmers expect very poor yields, which will have dire consequences as nearly 60% of Syrians are already food insecure.
Nature is another victim of the conflict in Syria, once referred to by some as the environmental “crown jewel” of the Middle East. Inside the country and abroad, nature lovers still strive to monitor and preserve this natural heritage.
Will new reforms be enough to quell discontent within the Autonomous Administration? The promised reforms include “local elections” across AA areas within a year.
Recent moves by the Autonomous Administration to placate Arab tribes are a positive step for stability in northeast Syria–but will it be enough?
Despite promising to end the use of child soldiers in 2014, the SDF has continued to recruit and use child soldiers.
Two weeks into Syria’s wheat harvest and amidst an economic crisis spiraling out of control, Damascus is scrambling to secure its supply of the essential grain.
Previously a source of humor, a serious confrontation between competing forces deployed in northeast Syria is now well within the realm of possibilities.
On January 16, residents of the city of Qamishli in the northeastern province of Hasakah, organized a demonstration, calling for unity among the Kurdish political parties.