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


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 government troops pushed an offensive Tuesday against militants in the country's north on the eve of parliament elections — a vote that is expected to rubber-stamp an assembly loyal to President Bashar Assad ahead of a new round of peace talks in Geneva resuming this week.

Currency crash adds to Syrians’ woes

by Tamer Osman via Al Monitor

An unprecedented plummet in the Syrian pound’s value against foreign currencies is contributing to skyrocketing food prices and compounding Syrians' already-dire economic situation as the war here enters its fifth year.


Syria's Refugees- Paresh

Human rights groups sound alarm over safe zones for Syrian refugees

By Constanze Letsch via The Guardian

Areas established for geopolitical goals may put refugees in danger, aid workers and rights groups warn.

Is forced labor becoming a ‘norm’ for Syrian refugees in Lebanon?

via Reuters and Al Arabiya

A growing number of children whose families have fled the Syrian war to Lebanon are being forced to work for little or no pay, many of them in dangerous conditions, anti slavery experts said on Tuesday.

Conflict Analysis

Battle lines shift in northern Syria

By Kamal Sheiko via Al Monitor Syria Pulse

On April 1, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) started making military movements in northern Syria, at the Tishrin Dam west of the Euphrates, to level ground offensives against Manbij and Jarablous.

Paris sources: Geneva’s round ‘decisive’ for the Syrian crisis

By Asharq al-Awsat via Mid East Wire

Diplomatic sources in Paris said that the round of new talks that will be launched in Geneva today will be “decisive” in respect to the method that UN Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, will employ to find solutions to the Syrian crisis.

Proxy Politics

The Leaked ‘Panama Papers’ Expose The Dirty Dealings Behind Syria’s War

By Charlotte Alfred via The Huffington Post

The Assad cronies who got rich and crushed dissent had no problem moving their money offshore.

The Panama Papers: Victims of Offshore & Syria via ICIJ

The Latest: US ambassador to UN urges Russia, others to get Syria to honor truce ahead of Geneva talks

Associated Press via US News

The vote - expected to be a rubber stamp of President Bashar Assad's loyalists - will only proceed in government-controlled areas as the Damascus authorities are unable to organize any balloting in rebel-controlled areas or the territory under the Islamic State group.

Turkey 'illegally returning Syrian refugees' - Amnesty

via BBC News

Turkey has illegally forced thousands of refugees to return to Syria, a report by Amnesty International says.

In Libya, Islamic State struggles to gain support

By Aidan Lewis and Ahmed Elumani via Reuters Online

Packed into a battered car, a family of nine joined the steady flow of residents fleeing Islamic State's Libyan stronghold of Sirte. They were heading to a nearby town to pick up essentials: cash, medicine and food.

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