Near & Middle East
Displaced in the Lingering Cloud Raised by ISIS’ Scorched Earth Policy

Displaced in the Lingering Cloud Raised by ISIS’ Scorched Earth Policy

The largest camp housing Iraqis who fled the battle to recapture Mosul lies next to oil fields scorched by ISIS. The oil fields are still emitting toxic fumes that are sickening the camp’s residents. More»

What the New U.S. ‘Red Line’ May Mean for the War in Syria

What the New U.S. ‘Red Line’ May Mean for the War in Syria

The White House has drawn another “red line” in Syria, saying regime barrel bombs carrying industrial chemicals such as chlorine may prompt a U.S. response. Syria Deeply spoke to Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about the new U.S. position. More»

Politics of the Syria Spectacle

Politics of the Syria Spectacle

It is increasingly clear that the United States will not be seeking “regime change” in Syria, which has been foreseeable since President Trump ordered missile strikes two weeks ago. American news media has largely accepted the claim that Trump acted out of emotional impulse, to worldwide acclaim.  More»

Assad Must Fall

Assad Must Fall

Joseph Daher is a Swiss-Syrian academic and activist. Originally from Aleppo, Daher is a staunch opponent of the Syrian Ba’ath regime. He maintains the website Syria Freedom Forever, which is dedicated to building a secular and socialist Syria. More»

Building the First Criminal Case Against Assad’s Regime

Building the First Criminal Case Against Assad’s Regime

Lawyers Maite Parejo and Almudena Bernabeu discuss how they built the first criminal case against Syrian officials to be accepted in a foreign court, and the impact it will have on bringing perpetrators of abuse in Syria to justice. More»

Politics of Class and Identity Dividing Aleppo – and Syria

Politics of Class and Identity Dividing Aleppo – and Syria

This week marked the end of the sixth year of the war in Syria. On this terrible anniversary we examine the deepening economic, social and other divisions that make it so difficult for refugees to return to Aleppo, the city that has become a bellwether for the country’s future. More»

Sieges, Demographic Shifts and Returns to ‘Liberated’ Cities

Sieges, Demographic Shifts and Returns to ‘Liberated’ Cities

Amid a renewed offensive on Mosul and U.N.-led Syria talks in Geneva, Middle East journalist and analyst Patrick Cockburn discusses the changing demographics of Syria and Iraq, and the complexities of displaced people returning to “liberated” cities in both countries. More»

To Work in Douma, Men Must Join Militants of Jaish Al-Islam

To Work in Douma, Men Must Join Militants of Jaish Al-Islam

After enduring four years of government-imposed siege and living under the increasingly authoritarian rule of the armed opposition, residents of the Damascus suburb have no choice but to join Jaish al-Islam if they want to find work. More»

Don't Blame Trump for Yemen

Don’t Blame Trump for Yemen

The White House has attracted fresh controversy for a botched raid in Yemen that led to the death of a Navy SEAL, loss of a $75 million aircraft, and dozens of civilian casualties. Trump has been characterised as reckless, and freshly unfit for duty.  More»

Afrin: Kurdish Town Isolated by Siege, Geography

Afrin: Kurdish Town Isolated by Siege, Geography

The predominantly Kurdish district of Afrin in northwestern Syria has been under near-continuous siege for four years but remained relatively calm, attracting hundreds of thousands of displaced people. Now, it is under threat from Turkish military operations in Syria. More»

After Astana, Many Obstacles Remain to Maintain the Cease-Fire in Syria

After Astana, Many Obstacles Remain to Maintain the Cease-Fire in Syria

Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed to enforce a nationwide truce in Syria, in the hopes of paving the way for a future political solution to the crisis, but both the Syrian government and opposition have their doubts about the truce. More»

‘An Invitation to Kill’: Proxies, Foreign Powers in Syria Endanger Civilians

‘An Invitation to Kill’: Proxies, Foreign Powers in Syria Endanger Civilians

Foreign intervention and the many proxy groups fighting on all sides of the conflict in Syria have further polarized the war and complicated the rules for accountability when it comes to civilian protection. More»