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.
Yazi Nahum, the last Jew in northeastern Syria’s Qamishli, reflects on her life, her marriage to a Muslim man and the remaining traces of her city’s lost Jewish community.
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.
The first-ever US Strategy to Anticipate, Prevent and Respond to Atrocities could be a “significant advance” in protection efforts, but requires international collaboration and political will to be effective, writes Mansour Omari.
Military and civilian sources in northern Syria said this month that US forces began to redeploy to multiple points they withdrew from in October 2019. What could that mean, amid reports of an upcoming Turkish offensive?
The IS attack on al-Sinaa was a test of its adversary, to find out the SDF response, Through it, IS learned that the SDF was unable to thwart an attack without the participation and support of US forces.