18 March 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 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 affiliate in the country, the oppressive Nusra Front.

Syrian Kurds set to announce federal system in northern Syria

By Rodi Said via Reuters

Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria are expected to declare a federal system imminently, Kurdish officials said on Wednesday, taking matters into their own hands after being excluded from talks in Geneva to resolve Syria's civil war.


"Daily Quota Europe Refugees" by Paresh

Refugees will be sent back across Aegean in EU-Turkey deal

By Jennifer Rankin via The Guardian

Aid agencies criticise ‘inhumane’ Brussels deal as Saturday midnight deadline may see desperate last-minute rush to Greece.

The mental hurdles Syrian refugees face after fleeing from danger

By Tarik Al Ahmad via Al Arabiya English

While most of this trauma is sparked by the war, the migration process is also a big factor leading to psychological disorders among refugees.

They escaped war. They made it to Turkey. Now, refugees are going back to Syria.

By Norma Costello via Mashable

Among the refugees, hope for peace appears to have all but died. Many who expected the war to be over by now have become resigned to idea of life in exile or returning to the war-torn nation.

Conflict Analysis

Syria conflict: Government rejects direct peace talks

via BBC

Syrian government representatives have ruled out starting direct negotiations with the opposition, as UN-backed peace talks entered a third day in Geneva.

“Head of Syrian Coalition to Rudaw: Federalism does not mean partitioning”

via Mid-East Wire

On March 16, the Kurdish Rudaw news agency carried the following interview with Head of the Syrian Opposition Coalition Anas al-Abdah, by its correspondent in Irbil Dilxaz Bahlawi

Proxy Politics

Will Iran establish a second Hezoballah in Syria?

via Mid-East Wire

In May 2014, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard forces in Syria Major General Hossein Hamadani said that “Iran has built a second Hezbollah in Syria.”

Putin Leaves All Options on the Table in Syria

By Matthew Bodner via Defense News

Russian planes leave Syria and as ever with Putin, it wasn’t the product of grand strategy, it was a series of improvisations with a sense of what he wanted. He reached the stage where it seemed like the right time to pull out.

"Hollande reacts to arrest of Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam" by AFP news agency

French President François Hollande on Friday reacted to the arrest of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam. Abdeslam was arrested in a raid in Brussels on Friday, French police sources said.

Brussels raids: Paris attack suspect Abdeslam arrested

via BBC News

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been wounded and arrested in a dramatic raid in Brussels after four months on the run.

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