03 May 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

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Frozen Life in Wartime Syria

by Janine di Giovanni via The New York Times

Life in Syria five years into the civil war.

Inside Syria


Syria conflict: 'Largest ever' siege evacuations carried out

via BBC News

Relief agencies evacuated 500 wounded people from four besieged Syrian towns, in what has been described as the largest such operation so far in the five-year conflict.

Amid fragile truce with Damascus, Syria opposition battles IS

by Assad Hanna via Al Monitor

Islamist factions and opposition forces are taking advantage of "downtime" during the regime/opposition cease-fire to take on other enemies in Syria, but all the fighting could undermine the fragile truce.

Refugees

Search racism. Find truth. via Refugees Welcome

The US may be about to admit a lot more Syrian refugees very soon

By Jeff Maison and Julia Edwards via Reuters

President Barack Obama said on Thursday he expected the United States would meet a goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees before the end of the year.

Turkey realises Syrian refugees are staying

By Alex Barder via The Financial Times

Sanliurfa region makes long-terms plans for 410,000 fugitives from war across the border

Conflict Analysis

Salafi armed groups increase attacks in Syria

Contributor via Al Monitor

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura warns that the cessation of hostilities is in “great trouble.”

Syria conflict 'out of control' warns Kerry amid push to save truce

via BBC News

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the Syrian conflict is "in many ways out of control", as he made a fresh push to salvage a fragile truce.

Deadly airstrikes in Syria further strain cease-fire as peace talks near collapse

By Eric Cunningham via The Washington Post

Fresh air raids and deadly clashes across Syria are threatening to unravel the country’s already fragile cease-fire, activists and rights monitors said Friday. The renewed fighting comes as peace talks brokered by the United Nations also are on the verge of collapse.

The Assad Files

Capturing the top-secret documents that tie the Syrian regime to mass torture and killings.

by Ben Taub via The New Yorker

Proxy Politics

Why is Russia expanding along Syrian coast among all other areas controlled by regime?

via Al Quds Al Arabi and Mideast Wire

A few months after Russia took a decision to control the Syrian coast’s food basket, mainly citrus fruits, to replace the Turkish products which Moscow used to import

In Iraq, the Mosul offensive is off to a slow and shaky start

By David Ignatus via The New York Times

The battle for Mosul, about 35 miles north, must begin with the seizure of such Islamic State positions along the Tigris River. But the Iraqi army isn’t ready yet to take a small, well-fortified village such as Al-Nasr.

A Risky American Expansion in Syria

By Editorial Board via The New York Times

On the face of it, President Obama’s decision to send 250 more members of the military to Syria to fight the Islamic State may seem like a small move. The number is a far cry from the 180,000 American troops who were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan when he took office in 2009.

Syrian Kurds expand diplomatic network in Europe

By Fehim Taştekin via Al Monitor

Despite Turkey’s blocking efforts, key Rojava actors PYD and YPG are opening office after office in Europe.

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