Analysis

Kurdish and Syrian Regime Forces Take Very Different Routes to Control in Deir Ez-Zor

by: Muhammed Hassan

While the regime wants to co-opt local factions to strengthen its power, the Kurds are trying to monopolize it.

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Analysis

From Turkey to Aleppo’s Northern Rif: Variations in Local Governance and Security

Interview with Mustafa Haid by Lina Khatib and Haid Haid, compiled and edited by Nicole El Khawaja

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Analysis

Who Is Assassinating Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s Leaders?

by Haid Haid

More than 35 members of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) – a coalition of rebel groups led by the rebranded al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham – have been assassinated in Idlib since September. While assassinations in Syria are common, the unprecedented rate and scale of these targeted attacks and their impact on the group’s capacity indicates a significant shift in the way its opponents are dealing with it.

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Analysis

Iran Is Building a New Source of Shia Influence Inside Syria

by: Lina Sinjab

Iran is increasing its efforts to change the identity of Sunni-majority Syria, with the aim of establishing a long-term influence inside the country. 

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Analysis

How the Syrian regime is dividing and ruling Aleppo

by: Khaled Al-Khateb

On 22 December 2016, when the Syrian regime took over Aleppo as the last rebel fighter left its eastern districts, the city fell into the hands of three authorities: state security agencies, pro-regime militias and the Baath party. 

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Analysis

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s Deal With Turkey Further Alienates It From Other Jihadists

by: Akil Hussein

By accepting Turkish intervention in Idlib, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has avoided one confrontation but thrown itself into a conflict with its ideological comrades in the Salafist-jihadist camp, with whom it already has tense relations.

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Analysis

Is the Raqqa Civilian Council Fit for Purpose?

by Haid Haid

After the seizure of Raqqa, questions about the effectiveness of the SDF’s governance model loom.

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External Article

The liberation of Raqqa does not mean the end of Isis

by: Lina Khatib

Terrorist group is moving towards an insurgency model after significant loss of territory in Syria and Iraq.

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Analysis

Anti-ISIS Strategy Threatens to Stoke Continued Instability in Deir Ez-Zor

by: Muhammed Hasan

After signing de-escalation agreements in many areas of Syria, the international community and the anti-ISIS coalition, in particular Russia, are looking to expel ISIS from areas it controls in eastern Syria, most notably Deir Ez-Zor governorate – the group’s last remaining stronghold in Syria. But the policies pursued by both the international coalition and Russia to achieve this are likely to cause continuing conflict and instability in Deir Ez-Zor long after ISIS is defeated.

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Video

Civil society and reconciliation in Syria

Lina Sinjab speaks with Anas Joudeh founder of the Nation Building Movement, about Civil society and reconciliation in Syria.

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