IT DID NOT take long for America’s decision to withdraw from Syria to be felt across the Middle East. The Syrian regime, along with its Russian and Iranian allies, rejoiced. Arab states hurried to make up with Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad
There’s more where that came from WHEN REBELS seized the Syrian city of Idlib in 2015, a teacher called Mouhtar (not his real name) broke into a government intelligence office and stole thousands of files.
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.