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In Raqqa, corpses left to rot in the streets

In Raqqa, corpses left to rot in the streets

When Abu Ahmad stepped out of his house in Raqqa after a night of heavy airstrikes, he found several of his neighbors lying dead in the street. “I went out the next morning just to inspect,” he said. “I swear to God, cats were eating the corpses.” “We couldn’t do anything with...

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Chechens of Syria: A Dwindling Minority

Chechens of Syria: A Dwindling Minority

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Chechen minority in eastern Syria, known as al-Jazira al-Souriya,  has been dwindling after the Kurdish Democratic Union Party took control of Ras al-Ain, north of al-Hasakah and the Khabour River source area, which were considered the central areas of their...

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In Douma, Ramadan meals among the ruins

In Douma, Ramadan meals among the ruins

The scene in Syria's besieged rebel-held town of Douma is almost surreal -- tables laden with food to break the Ramadan fast are surrounded by the crumbling carcasses of bombed-out buildings. The open-air meals are a rare treat in the town in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus, made...

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Girl chronicles Aleppo terror in 'Myriam's Diary'

Girl chronicles Aleppo terror in 'Myriam's Diary'

Her childhood shattered by "grown-up stuff", Myriam Rawick was only eight years old when she began recording her terrifying experiences during the siege of Aleppo, Syria's second city. "I woke up one morning to the sound of things breaking, people shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ('God is greatest'...

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Syrians in Iraqi Kurdistan break refugee stereotypes

Syrians in Iraqi Kurdistan break refugee stereotypes

Reporting by Faris Rifai (Eqtsad)- The situation of Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan seems to be better than that of their peers in the neighboring countries of asylum, although they suffer from the material hardship that has been going on for years after the budget cut by...

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Return to Aleppo: The story of my home during the war

Return to Aleppo: The story of my home during the war

By Maryam Maruf and Kanishk Tharoor ( BBC )- When Syria's civil war came to the city of Aleppo in 2012, Zahed Tajeddin was cut off from his 450-year-old home. He worried about it, but it survived - and he later discovered how it served as a life-saving medical centre for people living under...

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Syria war yields cottage industry for anti-Isis spies

Syria war yields cottage industry for anti-Isis spies

( Financial Times )- By the time he reached Turkey after fleeing his hometown of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Isis in Syria, Hassan was destitute and desperate. And so, over his own misgivings, he helped a friend working with western intelligence to pinpoint the location of an Isis jail in...

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Syrian refugee rape survivor turns pain into power: 'I have to spread this message'

Syrian refugee rape survivor turns pain into power: 'I have to spread this message'

For about four years Sarah has gone around her community in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon speaking with fellow female Syrian refugees who have been victims of sexual violence, comforting them and telling them about local services. Her advice comes from the heart - having being raped...

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 'Al Lataminah is a stricken town': local council

'Al Lataminah is a stricken town': local council

By Faris Rifai (Zaman al-Wasl) The city of al-Lataminah has been at the forefront of events since the start of the Syrian revolution. The regime forces destroyed al-Lataminah city located on the right bank of the Assi River by bombarding it with various types of weapons. Most of the city’s...

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Syria war takes role in Ramadan television dramas

Syria war takes role in Ramadan television dramas

The sound of the blast in Syria’s capital Damascus brought worried residents running, but rather than carnage they found a crew filming one of the country’s famed television drama series. Moments before, director Rasha Sharbatgi had been wielding her loudhailer, calling for silence...

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Syrian refugees fear Assad 'sleeper cells' in Europe

Syrian refugees fear Assad 'sleeper cells' in Europe

By Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- Prosecuting former Free Syrian Army members or revolution supporters who fled to Europe has turned into nightmare for many. The EU courts have been following cases brought against them by unknown people who are believed to be the regime's sleeper cells. They...

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  Holiday in Greece stripped me of my German residency: Syrian refugee

Holiday in Greece stripped me of my German residency: Syrian refugee

By Faris Rifai; Translation Yusra Abu Hamed (Zaman Al Wasl)- Ahmed al-Halabi, a Syria refugee in Germany, his holiday in Greece has turned into nightmare after arresting him by Greek police and seizing all his documents and passport and deporting him to Turkey. A similar story happened to...

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Umm Yahya: Leader, Medic, and Female Fighter in Eastern Ghouta

Umm Yahya: Leader, Medic, and Female Fighter in Eastern Ghouta

By Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- Umm Yahya, or 'The Mother of Rebels as many activists call her, had experience in nursing although she was mainly working as a mother taking care of her four children in the town of Tura in Jobar district, when the regime forces began shooting at peaceful...

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Irrigation in Idlib a chronic problem for farmers

Irrigation in Idlib a chronic problem for farmers

Reporting by Shams ed-Din Matoun (Eqtsad)- Idlib province is known for its agriculture; it is famous for rainfed crops that rely heavily on rainwater such as lentils, cumin, chickpeas, etc. but due to drought and lack of rainfall in recent years, irrigation has become a major problem...

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13-year-old child establishes library for Eastern Ghouta children

13-year-old child establishes library for Eastern Ghouta children

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Ro’aa al-Hariri, 13-year-old, a Syrian girl living in Turkey managed to establish a free cultural library in the East Ghouta. The initiative came after Ro’aa provided sent many books to refugee camps in Syria and elsewhere to enable Syrian children to develop their reading...

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Marriage Is an Elusive Dream for Many Syrians in Germany

Marriage Is an Elusive Dream for Many Syrians in Germany

By Shams el-Din Matoun (Eqtsad) For young Syrians in Germany finding a suitable life partner is a pressing challenge. At first glance, Syrian social customs and traditions appear to play a role in this challenge, and impacting on young people’s dreams even in countries of asylum. However,...

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Qamhana municipality demands families of regime deaths to pay 'cemetery' tax

Qamhana municipality demands families of regime deaths to pay 'cemetery' tax

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- The town of Qamhana in northwestern Hama province has entered a new stage of "honoring" regime killed fighters. This time the regime does not honor its salin fighters by giving his family a goat or a can of beans or even a clock, but the regime went far as to address its...

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Pro-regime charity receives UN’s money despite criminal acts

Pro-regime charity receives UN’s money despite criminal acts

By Abdulsalam Haj Bakri (Zaman Al Wasl)- Al-Bustan Association (ABA), a pro-regime charity owned and run by Rami Makhlouf, Bashar al-Assad’s cousin and Syria's tycoon, has been listed as one of the organisations under sanction for its crimes against Syrian people. ABA was a delivery partner...

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