Since 2020, the Damascus government has held public auctions for land owned by displaced people. In Hama, a recent move to prioritize relatives in investment auctions threatens to foment family conflicts and further tear Syria’s social fabric.
On a map, the Syrian Democratic Forces control more than 25 percent of Syria’s territory, but the on-the-ground reality is more complicated. IS cells persist in the northeast and some highways remain too risky even for security forces to travel after sunset.
Signs of an imminent Turkish operation in northern Syria are not apparent. But amid blistering Turkish rhetoric, the shape of things to come depends on Ankara’s resolve, Washington and Moscow’s stances, and what options the SDF has to fight back.
In northwestern Syria, hundreds of makeshift refineries have mushroomed in the past five years, employing thousands of people.
With no regulation, their impact on health, life and the environment is catastrophic.
There are multiple steps that German police must take to help the families of possible victims of the Tadamon massacre identify their loved ones while avoiding unnecessary trauma, writes Mansour Omari.