Syria

Zeynab Serekaniye’s grave

Turkey Capitalizes on Afghanistan Distraction to Attack Kurdish Forces in Syria

Turkish airstrikes in Syria have escalated over the last month as the world concentrates on a different crisis.

Syrians wave national flags and carry a portrait of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The Middle East Is Preparing for the United States’ Exit From Syria

Among Arab countries, the race is on to repair ties with the Assad regime.

A man rides a motorcycle past destroyed buildings in an opposition-held neighborhood of the southern Syrian city of Daraa on Oct. 2, 2018.

Damascus’s False Reconciliation Failed in Daraa

Continuing revolt shows the hollowness of Assadist peace claims.

copenhagen protest

How the Danish Left Adopted a Far-Right Immigration Policy

In an effort to outflank the populist right, the ruling Social Democrats have adopted one of the harshest refugee policies in the world.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the press at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 1.

Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians.

Refugees and displaced Syrian women living in al-Hol camp, which houses relatives of Islamic State group members, queue to receive goods in northeastern Syria on March 28, 2019.

Inside the Digital Lives of the Women of the Islamic State

On Telegram, pet care, gardening, and corruption scandals have replaced religious fervor.

A man, woman, and child in the doorway of a Syrian hospital

Why Was Syria Just Elected to the WHO’s Executive Board?

A regime that bombs hospitals and blocks convoys of baby formula does not deserve a leading role in global health.

A Russian armored personnel carrier in the Central African Republic

Russia’s Wagner Group Doesn’t Actually Exist

And that makes it all the more challenging to get to grips with.

Displaced Syrians are in a camp in Idlib province.

When Humanitarian Aid Becomes a Bargaining Chip

Cross-border access into Syria has become a stress test for Putin and Biden's nascent relationship.

A handout picture provided by the Iranian Army's official website on September 11, 2020, shows an Iranian Simorgh drone during the second day of a military exercise in the Gulf, near the strategic strait of Hormuz in southern Iran.

U.S. Strikes Point to Growing Iranian Drone Threat

Pentagon planners had been spotting Iran-backed drone attacks targeting U.S. troops for weeks before the strikes.

Syrians walk past a mural bearing instructions on protection from COVID-19 in Qamishli in  northeastern Syria on Aug. 16, 2020.

America’s Syrian Allies Deserve the COVID-19 Vaccine

They vanquished the Islamic State and are now in desperate need of aid.

Members of Afghanistan's peace negotiation team

How to Close the Gender Gap in Peace Talks

Women’s representation is critical to lasting peace, but they are losing ground at the negotiating table.

A man carries a girl on his shoulder as she holds a flag of the Syrian opposition during a protest in the village of Atme in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on March 15.

‘Responsibility to Protect’ Is One More Casualty of the Syrian War

The conflict’s impact on the world’s ability to prevent atrocities will be felt for years to come.

Truck at a roadblock in Democratic Republic of the Congo

It’s the Roads, Stupid

Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak.

Biden to Prod Putin on Syria Relief

Russia’s blockage of aid deliveries threatens to make Syria’s humanitarian disaster the worst it’s been since the war began.

Protest against Russia in Idlib, Syria

The Biden-Putin Summit Can Kick-Start a Deal on Syria

Only Washington has the carrots and sticks to steer the conflict towards resolution.

Yevgeny Prigozhin shows Vladimir Putin his school lunch factory.

Putin’s Shadow Warriors Stake Claim to Syria’s Oil

Companies linked to the Wagner group are snapping up oil and gas leases—with an eye to pumping influence, not oil.

Venezuelan migrants stay at migrant shelter.

Refugee-Run Organizations Deserve More Money

Governments tend to fund large humanitarian agencies, but small groups run by refugees are a better investment.

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