Clashes continued in Daraa city for a fourth day on Thursday between groups accused of belonging to the Islamic State and armed former opposition groups, alongside the military security-affiliated 8th Brigade led by Ahmed al-Awda.
Some HTS forces that entered northern Aleppo province during recent infighting between Turkish-backed opposition factions withdrew to Idlib this week, but concerns about the hardline faction’s sustained influence remain.
As opposition factions clash, residents of displacement camps in the area between HTS-controlled Idlib and SNA-controlled Aleppo are in the line of fire and fleeing, if they can.
‘Accountability, or fall’: Syrian National Army’s Hamza Division under fire after assassination of opposition activist in northern Aleppo
This week, the Syrian National Army’s Hamza Division was implicated in the assassination of a prominent opposition activist and his pregnant wife, sparking ongoing clashes, protests and calls for the faction to be eliminated.
US-backed Maghawir al-Thawra commander replaced, amid internal disagreements and corruption allegations
The US-led international coalition removed and replaced the commander of the Maghawir al-Thawra faction in late September, in a move surrounded by internal disagreements, allegations of corruption and questions about the future of Rukban camp.
In 2017, Damascus cut off the main supply of water to the northern Aleppo city of al-Bab. Every year since, finding safe water for drinking and agriculture has grown increasingly difficult. This year was the worst yet, and the city’s stopgap solutions are growing less effective.
Recent months have seen a marked escalation in Turkish strikes against the SDF and allied groups. Syria Direct tracked the killing of 24 military personnel—commanders and personnel—from July 1 to August 20.
Recent demonstrations across Syria’s opposition-held northwest held a message for both Turkey and local Turkish-backed authorities, writes Syrian lawyer Ghazwan Koronfol.
As Turkey prepares for an upcoming military operation in northern Syria, the SDF warns it could lead to an Islamic State resurgence in the northeast.
Turkey’s northern Syria operation a test of the SDF’s allies and an opportunity for regime and Iranian expansion
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.