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.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


“For a moment, I felt like we were talking to a car technician—not a doctor. We are refugees, but we are still human.”

(Photo by Omar Imam, courtesy of East Wing gallery, Dubai)




Syria Allows Students to Leave Rebel-Held Areas to Take Exams

by Janine di Giovan...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


An elementary school in Aleppo, Syria, damaged in fighting. Five years of civil war has put Syrians’ lives on hold. 

Credit: Jerome Sessini/Magnum Photos




Frozen Life in Wartime Syria

by Janine di Giovanni via The New York Times

Life in Syria five years into the...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The US-Russia deal over Syria


 Latuff Zouz via Opermundi




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 mi...

Friday, April 15, 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





Sunday, April 10, 2016






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...

Saturday, April 2, 2016

"EU-Turkey Refugee Deal" Der Spiegel Cover for March





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 S...

Friday, March 25, 2016


by Pat Beagley  



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, g...

Saturday, March 19, 2016

"Syria in Splinters" by KELSEY SUEMNICHT




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...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016



"Peace Talks" by Khalid Ahmed




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 Pr...

Thursday, March 10, 2016


"Refugees" by Simon Kneebone




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 Europ...

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