Category Archives: Syria

Aleppo is the Epicentre of Syrian Conflict

By Manish Rai: Aleppo, once Syria’s industrial and economic hub before the war, has emerged as the civil war’s latest high-stakes battlefield as the warring parties pour in all of their military might to try to strike a definitive blow against their opponents. In the first year of the revolution Aleppo saw neither the large-scale…

Joint Statement of Kurdish & Allied Parties in Syria on Turkish Invasion

Joint Statement: Following the defeat of extremist forces, such as Daesh, conspiratorial plans have started to unfold. Turkey’s latest attack on the Syrian territory in Jerablus city is a continuation of its old/new imperial policy. It is also a plan to occupy more Syrian territory under the pretext of fighting terrorism, i.e. Daesh. However, Turkey’s…

After Hatay, Aleppo?

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Turkish tanks, neither invited by the secular Syrian regime nor by the democratic administration of Rojava, roll on Syrian soil. In former days a journalist would have written that Turkey is at war with Syria, but nowadays the extent of Turkey’s ‘self-defense’ is measured by which towns along the…

The Southern Route to Sheikh Maksoud

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: The predominantly Kurdish district Sheikh Maksoud in Aleppo is since half a year under attack from rebels who have the blessing of Mr Erdogan because they fight against the present regime of Mr Assad and against the Kurds. The YPG and YPJ units in Aleppo have over the last…

Aleppo and Hatay

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: During the Ottoman Empire the now allegedly Turkish province of Hatay formed part of the Vilayet of Aleppo and on the basis of geography rightly so (just have a look on the map of West Asia). Now that Salafist Turkey, after the failed coup by remaining secular parts of…

Choosing Between Afrin and Raqqa

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Analyzing the political situation after the capture of Manbij by the SDF and the Americans, the latter will be requested by Mr Erdogan to force the SDF to withdraw behind his red line of the Euphrates in the hope that the Americans and SDF may decide to direct their…

Rojava – ‘Protection Zone’ for Religious and Ethnic Minorities in Northern Syria?

By Dr Kamal Sido: Report on a research trip by the Society for Threatened People’s (STP) Middle East expert Introduction “The causes for flight must be resolved locally. We expect Germany, Europe and the United States of America to help us. We are going to establish a multiethnic and multi-religious project in Rojava – northern…

Nusra is Rebranding Old Wine in a New Bottle

By Manish Rai: Jabhat-Al-Nusra Front, once al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has cut ties with the parent organisation with the approval of the al-Qaeda central leadership. Nusra Front is one of the largest and most effective rebel groups in Syria. It controls territory in the north, west and south of the country and commands approximately…

Politics of Demography: Worldwide Total Kurdish Populations Approaching 41 million in 2015

By Dr. M. Koohzad Preface We need to forcefully press on the accuracy of fact and figures related to the abuse of statistics in politics as bargaining chips. Perhaps, you have heard Staffan de Mistura, the UN Rep. for Syria, has recently said that ONLY five percent of Syria’s population is Kurdish. Unfortunately, nobody has asked…

IS Can’t Be Defeated by Military Means Only

By Manish Rai: The Islamic State stormed Iraq and whole world in 2014 with its takeover of major Iraqi and Syrian cities by exploiting Sunni Arab grievances in Iraq and chaos in neighbouring Syria. But the militant group is now steadily losing ground in both these countries. The so-called Caliphate is on the back foot….

Northern Syria: Promising First Steps Towards Peaceful Coexistence Of All Population Groups

Society For Threatened Peoples Press Release: STP publishes report on research visit to Kurdish enclaves The people living in the autonomous Kurdish regions – which are frequently attacked by Islamist terror militias – are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance from Western Europe to ensure that their “oasis of peace” in northern Syria will continue…

Syrian Kurdish Refugees Start Over In Atlanta

By Benjamin Kweskin: (Special thanks to Mazlom Hassan for translating and to Ahmet Baran for facilitating) Family: Husband: Ali Abdo, 42; Wife: Aras, 31; Son: John Abdo, 12; Daughter: Jwana Abdo, 7 Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family background. Ali: We are originally from Afrin but lived in Aleppo (Syria’s second…

Kurds Must Be Part of the New Middle East: Interview with Dr. Mehmet Gurses & Dr. David Romano

Interview by Benjamin Kweskin: Mehmet Gurses is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. He received his doctorate from University of North Texas and his research interests include democratization, ethnic and religious conflict, post-civil war peace building and democratization, Kurdish politics, and Political Islam. David Romano holds the Thomas G. Strong Professor…

Turkey’s State Terrorism Continues!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: While the West is busy with thinking about stopping the stream of refugees into its own territories, Turkey actively engages in aggravating the political, social and economic life of everyone in the area. The political chaos is very beneficial for Turkey. It gives Turkey an upper hand. Turkey’s enmity against all of…

These Militias Were Made for Fighting

By Ata Hariri: The recent ceasefire in Syria was met with cautious optimism by most of the Western media. Most of the papers and radio programs treated it as a very positive thing, but not one that could bring a permanent peace, and yet the hope that this may mark the beginning of the end…