WITH the grim spectre of a Russian-backed assault hanging over the Syrian rebels’ last redoubt in Idlib, the province’s civilians had begun to prepare for the worst.
FOR President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the timing of Turkey’s victory in the Afrin region of northern Syria could not have been better. After a two-month offensive against Kurdish militants, Turkish troops took control of the enclave’s main town on March 17th. The next day Turkey celebrated the anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli, the only big Ottoman victory of the first world war.
SEVENTY-TWO Turkish fighter jets cut through the skies above north-west Syria on January 20th, dropping bombs on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, while thousands of Turkish troops massed at the border. They were joined by busloads of Syrian rebels, Turkey’s proxies in the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s blood-soaked regime in Damascus.
No justice, no peace IT WAS clear that Hamza Ali al-Khateeb had been tortured before he died. Returned to his family a month after he was arrested at a peaceful protest in April 2011, the 13-year-old boy’s dead body was covered with cigarette burns and lacerations. His jaw and both kneecaps had been smashed and his penis had been cut off.
TWO months after Turkish tanks flanked by Syrian insurgents wrested it from Islamic State (IS), the border town of Jarablus, in Syria’s north, is slowly getting back on its feet.
IN THE past week eastern Aleppo, a rebelheld area that is home to more than 250,000 people, has endured a typhoon of shrapnel.
AFTER months of diplomatic wrangling America’s secretary of state, John Kerry, hoped he had finally struck a deal with Russia that would help end the war in Syria, which has killed perhaps half a million people. For the plan to work, both sides needed to lay down their weapons for one week and allow aid into besieged parts of the country.
[ISS] The European Union (EU) is desperately seeking a sustainable solution to the migration crisis.
SYRIA’S war is now into its sixth year.
FAWZI HAMAMA pulls four months’ worth of electricity bills out of a plastic bag, wondering how he will ever pay them. Since fleeing from Syria to Jordan three years ago, he has sold the gold he gave to his wife as a dowry. The family of four now survives on handouts from international agencies