The Islamic State Threat to Syria’s Regime

Still from an IS video

by Giorgio Cafiero The Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has lost 98 percent of the territory that it controlled in Iraq and Syria several years ago, a territory equivalent in size to Great Britain. Yet any doubt that IS remains… Continue Reading  

Idlib Further Complicates Turkish-Russian Relationship

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik On July 26, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in South Africa on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit. The two met against the backdrop of growing Turkish concerns… Continue Reading  

Syria’s Bureaucracy of Death and the Fate of the Disappeared

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by Nadim Houry In the last few weeks, hundreds of Syrian families learned that their loved ones who had disappeared in government detention facilities had died. Many said that they found out as they requested routine records from the Syrian… Continue Reading  

Is the Rojava Dream at Risk?

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by Giuseppe Acconcia In 2011, as Syria’s uprising spread, the Kurds living in the country’s northern provinces organized themselves to defend their neighborhoods and provide social services. The Kurds’ “local coordination committees” were similar to the bodies of the same name… Continue Reading  

Conversations with an Ex-Soldier of the Islamic State

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by Giorgio Cafiero During May and June 2018, I met an incarcerated ex-fighter for the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) from North Africa in a Turkish “deportation center.” He had fought in major battles in Syria and Iraq beginning in… Continue Reading