Mahmoud Ahmad al-Hallaq, a grandfather, carpenter and refugee from East Ghouta living in Lebanon, recalls his time in the Syrian army cooking for Cuban soldiers during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, and the many twists and turns of his ill-fated quest for a quiet life.
In an interview with Syria Direct, US Envoy to Syria James Jeffrey discusses the future of US-Syria policy, sanctions, northeast Syria and more.
UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria Kevin Kennedy: Closing Bab al-Salameh ‘endangers the lives of children’
UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Kevin Kennedy, speaks with Syria Direct about the humanitarian situation in northwest Syria and the impact of the recent closure of Bab al-Salameh.
Ambassador Frederic Hof: ‘I would be very surprised if I were to see in a Biden administration the resurrection of the Obama approach to Syria’
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof warns that this new round of sanctions which aims to achieve a genuine political settlement, “will prove to be ‘too little too late.’
Co-chair of the PYD: SDF could join government forces in Idlib after an agreement on role in Syrian Armed Forces
Aisha Hasso says that the SDF could join government forces in their fight in Idlib if an agreement concerning the SDF's role in the Syrian Armed Forces is reached.
Syria Direct sat down with Dr. Abdulbasit Sieda, the former president of the Syrian National Council, to discuss the future of the Kurds and the Syrian national opposition in the wake of Operation Peace Spring.
“We are drowning in shit,” Amir sings while standing in a half-destroyed classroom. In his rap video released this week, “On All Fronts,” he takes aim at virtually every party in the Syrian conflict while walking around Idlib, the rubble-strewn streets and children standing in the ruins of their schools striking proof of collective failure.
Director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights: The law is on our side … but politics is against us
Since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in the spring of 2011, humanitarian monitoring and documentation organizations have been active in cataloguing human rights violations and war crimes, regardless of who committed them.
At Cannes, Waad al-Kateab eternalizes the story of Aleppo during the Syrian revolution, shows solidarity with Idlib
Between bomDirectorbs falling in Aleppo and the applause in Cannes, France, Waad al-Kataeb found her voice. Her efforts to document the Syrian Revolution in her hometown of Aleppo was validated in mid-May, when she received the “Golden Eye” for her documentary, “For Sama.”
With each new story of displacement Ahmed lives out, he recalls the details of his house, the windows, the colors of the walls, the beautiful memories he had there. But just as he begins to acclimate to each new home, he must endure another story of displacement.