20 April 2016
The US-Russia deal over Syria
Latuff Zouz via Opermundi
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.
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.
via Al-Quds al-Arabi & Mid East Wire
“assassination of Abu Sakkar, one of the most prominent military men in An-Nusra Front, by elements affiliated with the Ahrar ash-Sham Movement in the city of Harem in Rif Adlib, had led to the eruption of fierce disputes between the Movement and the Front, but also within the Movement itself.”
"After Spring" Trailer
By Ake Coyle via ABC News
Before the Syrian refugee crisis spilled across Europe, first-time feature filmmakers Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching were in Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp with their cameras.
via The Canadian Press & The Huffington Post
They might not yet be able to vote but that's not stopping Syrians from taking part in one element of Canadian political life — giving their MP an earful.
By Patrick Kingsely via The Guardian
Up to 500 people may have drowned after overloaded boat sank in Mediterranean
By Bassem Mroue via ABC News
Syrian troops exchanged fire with rebels in the contested northern city of Aleppo on Thursday in a renewed bout of fighting that could further mar peace talks underway in Geneva
Aleppo before and after
via The Economist
HOW long is a piece of string? That is about as good an answer as there is to the question of when the partial “cessation of hostilities” in Syria will be deemed to have been broken.
By Neil McFarhquhar via The New York Times
Russia’s war in Syria is slowly fading from view here, even as events on the ground give every indication that Russian forces remain heavily engaged.
via Al Monitor
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura says the fragile cessation of hostilities “continues to give hope” as Syrians anticipate the battle for Aleppo.
By Susannah Greene via ABC News
Backroom negotiations continued late into the night Saturday between Iraq's powerful political blocs after lawmakers attempting to oust speaker Selim al-Jabouri failed to maintain quorum.
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.