Eye on Syria

The Syrian crisis is dynamic and rapidly changing.

Our "Eye on Syria" review collates all of the latest relevant news and events

to help you make sense of the complexity.

25 March 2016

by Pat Beagley Featured Kurds Declare ‘Federal Region’ in Syria, Says Official By Matt Bradley, Ayla Albayrak and Dana Ballout via The Wall Street Journal Representatives from Syria’s Kurdish region on Thursday said they would form a new federal system of governance, giving a more unified voice to Syrian Kurdish demands for greater autonomy. Inside Syria ISIS tightens grip on Syrian govt road to Aleppo By Reuters via The Daily Star Lebanon ISIS fighters were reported to have tightened their grip on a Syrian government supply route to Aleppo Tuesday as the army battled to retake the road, which is important to its campaign to retake the city. IS Suffers blows in Iraq, Syria but still launches

18 March 2016

"Syria in Splinters" by KELSEY SUEMNICHT Featured Dozens killed in air strikes on Syria's Raqqa: monitor, activists By John Davinson via Reuters Dozens of people were killed in a series of air strikes on the city of Raqqa in northern Syria on Saturday, a monitoring group and activists said, as Damascus and Moscow waged attacks on areas controlled by Islamic State. Inside Syria Syria shaky truce allows for rallies against al-Qaida branch By Bassem Mroue and Philip Issa Associated Press via The San Diego Union Tribune With Syria's shaky cease-fire holding, peaceful protesters have yet again taken to the streets in opposition-held areas of the country and they seek to topple — al-Qaida's affili

15 March 2016

"Peace Talks" by Khalid Ahmed Featured Syria's besieged Darayya residents send "SOS" to world via AlJazeera and Agencies Women and children in rebel-held town outside Damascus stage rare protest, urging the UN to deliver humanitarian aid. The town remains blocked by President Bashar Al-Assad, as the cease-fire continues to hold. How to Beat the Islamic State Through Non-Violence By Raphael Mimoun and Srdja Popovic via Foreign Policy Guns and bombs aren’t the only way to beat the jihadists. Inside Syria First Russian planes leave Syria after order to pull out, Moscow says By Shaun Walker in Moscow and Patrick Wintour in Geneva via The Guardian Deputy defence minister says remaining Russian pl

10 March 2016

"Refugees" by Simon Kneebone Featured Britain to pay £500 million under EU's grand migrant swap plan for Turkey By Matthew Holehouse, Brussels, Peter Foster and Raziye Akkoc via The Telegraph Thousands of Syrian refugees could be taken from Turkey and resettled in Europe, under "one-for-one" migrant swap deal, intended to end the deadly Aegean sea crossings and encourage refugees to stay in Turkish camps. Inside Syria US-led airstrikes hit Isis targets in Syria and Iraq as group reports civilian deaths By Reuters via The Gaurdian The ceasefire between rebel groups and Syria does not include Isis militants. The US and its allies struck 12 Islamic State targets in Iraq and two in Syria on Frid

5 March 2016

"Victory" Featured U.N. Seeks to build peace talks on Fragile Syria Truce By Lisa Barrington Jr. via Reuters Online A total of 135 people were killed in the first week of a partial truce in Syria in areas covered by the deal, a monitoring group said on Saturday, highlighting its fragile nature just days before the United Nations attempts to reconvene peace talks. Inside Syria Syria rebels battle ISIS for control of Iraq Crossing By Reuters via The Daily Star Lebanon Western-backed, Syrian insurgents were battling ISIS for control of a key border post with Iraq on Saturday, a day after the U.S.-backed fighters seized control of the crossing, activists said. Syrians resume peaceful street prot

2 March 2016

"Syria Ceasefire" by Hassan Bleibel Featured Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. via Politico They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil. Inside Syria ISIS tightens grip on Syrian govt road to Aleppo By Reuters via The Daily Star Lebanon ISIS fighters were reported to have tightened their grip on a Syrian government supply route to Aleppo Tuesday as the army battled to retake the road, which is important to its campaign to retake the city. Two Potential Safe Zones in Northern Syria By Fabrice Balanche via The Washington Institute Both Idlib province and eastern Aleppo province have been relatively spare

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