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.

20 April 2016

The US-Russia deal over Syria Latuff Zouz via Opermundi Featured Russia in Syria by Sa'dollah Zarei of Kehran via Mid East Wire Iranian newspaper discusses the Russian position in the future of the security and political process in Syria. Concerning Russian military intervention, there is a wide gap between what is said in all these analyses and what may probably happen. Inside Syria Syria's Kurds take control of oil fields, now what? By Massoud Hamed via Al Monitor Syria Pulse After Kurdish forces took control of parts of northeastern Syria, they have found themselves facing many challenges, including the management of their oil wells. Nusra Front proclaims general mobilization after killin

14 April 2016

Children play near a bus barricading a street, which serves as protection from snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's rebel-controlled Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, Syria, April 6, 2016. photo by REUTERS; Abdalrhman Ismail Featured Aleppo sees cautious calm amid cease-fire by Mohammed AlKhatieb via Al Monitor Syria Pulse The cease-fire agreement between the opposition and President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has allowed life to return to many areas, including Aleppo and Idlib, that had long ago grown weary of the civil war. Inside Syria Syria Pushes Offensive on Eve of Elections, Talks in Geneva By Seina Karam and Philip Issa & Associated Press via ABC News Syrian gover

9 April 2016

Featured Syria's Assad shows no willingness to compromise by Samia Nakhoul via Reuters International As the Syria peace talks resume next week, President Bashar al-Assad, backed militarily by Iran and Russia, shows no willingness to compromise, much less step aside to allow a transition Western powers claim is the solution to the conflict. Inside Syria Syrian Kurds proceed with federal structures despite Turkish threats via Al Monitor Erdogan not backing down on US support for Syrian Kurds ISIS Reportedly Carries Out Mass Kidnapping Of Factory Workers In Syria by Merrit Kennedy via NPR ISIS has conducted a mass kidnapping of industrial workers near Syria's capital, Damascus, according to Syr

1 April 2016

"EU-Turkey Refugee Deal" Der Spiegel Cover for March Featured Turkey 'illegally returning Syrian refugees'- Amnesty International via BBC International Turkey has illegally forced thousands of refugees to return to Syria, a report by Amnesty International says. Inside Syria Syria's Assad tries to polish image with Palmyra's recapture via CBS News Syrian pro-governement forces gesture next to the Palmyra citadel on March 26, 2016, during a military operation to retake the ancient city from ISIS. Kerry notes 'beneficial reduction' in Syrian violence via Al Monitor On March 27, the cessation of hostilities in Syria will have held for one month. Yes, there have been violations, but the agreement

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