Near & Middle East
Why One of Syria’s Biggest Rebel Groups Reordered Its Leadership

Why One of Syria’s Biggest Rebel Groups Reordered Its Leadership

Ahrar al-Sham’s decision to replace its top command this week offers a glimpse at how the outgunned rebel group is adjusting to the ascendancy of al-Qaida-linked factions in Syria, and the changing nature of the insurgency against president Bashar al-Assad. More»

‘Almost as Bad as the Regime’: Inside Syria’s Rebel-Run Prisons

‘Almost as Bad as the Regime’: Inside Syria’s Rebel-Run Prisons

Civilians and activists once detained by the Syrian government for joining 2011 protests against President Bashar al-Assad are again facing arbitrary detention and torture in secret jails. But this time, their captors are Syria’s hard-line militant groups. More»

Erdoğan's Insult Nationalism

Erdoğan’s Insult Nationalism

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been savage in his criticisms of the EU. “The European Union’s court, the European Court of Justice, my esteemed brothers,” Erdoğan exclaimed after an ECJ ruling in March allowing employers to ban the headscarf, “have started a Crusade against the Crescent.” More»

Why Civilians Pay the Highest Price in the War in Syria’s Cities

Why Civilians Pay the Highest Price in the War in Syria’s Cities

Damascus-based communication coordinator, Pawel Krzysiek, discusses the factors contributing to the unprecedented toll of urban warfare on Syria’s civilians, and what the warring parties and their supporters must do to save lives. More»

Analysis: The Battlefield in Syria’s Southernmost City, Daraa

Analysis: The Battlefield in Syria’s Southernmost City, Daraa

In recent weeks Daraa has witnessed the most intense clashes and aerial bombardments it has seen for years. Despite the plan for “de-escalation zones,” civilians in the city are likely to be caught in the newest battlefield for foreign power proxies and the warring Syrian sides. More»

Israel’s Quiet Campaign to Gain a Foothold in Southern Syria

Israel’s Quiet Campaign to Gain a Foothold in Southern Syria

Despite its official policy of non-intervention, Israel has taken on a very proactive role in Syria, working to establish an Israel-friendly zone in Quneitra, akin to its strategy in southern Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War. More»

How the Syrian War Changed How War Crimes Are Documented

How the Syrian War Changed How War Crimes Are Documented

Seven years of war have transformed Syrian monitoring groups into sophisticated investigation centers. But with few options to hold perpetrators of humanitarian law violations accountable, the number of Syrians supplying evidence of human rights violations is dwindling, along with their hope for justice. More»

Intrepid Sisters Reveal How ISIS Depends on Role of Women

Intrepid Sisters Reveal How ISIS Depends on Role of Women

Two forensic social workers who visit Lebanon’s notorious Roumieh prison gained a rare insight through inmates into the activity of female ISIS supporters, whose roles go far beyond that of wives. More»

Collecting Evidence of War Crimes in Syria

Collecting Evidence of War Crimes in Syria

Law professor David Crane, who has a record of taking on the prosecution of war criminals, is keeping a detailed record of the events in Syria for future prosecution. His Syrian Accountability Project’s latest report takes a close look at Aleppo. More»

Kurds Trump Turkey in the Fight Against ISIS in Raqqa

Kurds Trump Turkey in the Fight Against ISIS in Raqqa

ERBIL The U.S. decision to directly arm the Syrian Kurds fighting the so-called Islamic State is not a complete shift in the White House administration’s policy with the Kurds or Turkey, but it is a necessary step in securing the defeat of militants on the ground, U.S.-backed fighters said. More»

What’s at Stake in Future Negotiations Between U.S. and Russia

What’s at Stake in Future Negotiations Between U.S. and Russia

As the U.S. and Russia reopen discussions about Syria, Syria Deeply spoke with Russia policy experts about Moscow’s primary objective and what it would take for the Kremlin to drop Assad. More»

Syria Analysts: The Crucial Developments Overshadowed by Recent Headlines

Syria Analysts: The Crucial Developments Overshadowed by Recent Headlines

Experts in Syria Deeply’s community comment on the important developments taking shape in Syria while the world has been focused on the U.S. strike and the chemical attack. More»