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Self-Immolation, Catalyst of the Arab Spring, Is Now a Grim Trend

Self-Immolation, Catalyst of the Arab Spring, Is Now a Grim Trend

( New York Times )- When Adel Dridi poured gasoline on his head and set himself on fire in May, his first thought was of his mother, Dalila, whose name is roughly tattooed on his arm. But another person was also on his mind: Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor whose self-immolation in...

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Do some of the Syrian citizens who lived under Isis count as collaborators?

Do some of the Syrian citizens who lived under Isis count as collaborators?

( Independent )- Almost exactly four years ago, a Syrian called Abu al-Zein, from the village of Katbiya in Aleppo province, appeared before the ‘General Court of the Revolutionary Police’ in the town of Deir Hafer to betray his cousins. Saeed and Ibrahim Abdul al-Ghafour, he testified,...

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As the Islamic State falls in Syria, one city offers a preview of the country’s future

As the Islamic State falls in Syria, one city offers a preview of the country’s future

( Washington Post )- The Islamic State’s headquarters in this city at the western gateway to Raqqa has been crushed like a sandcastle by American bombs. At a dam complex on the Euphrates River where the Islamic State was torturing prisoners and hurling alleged homosexuals from a giant concrete...

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Destruction of Mosul's Great Mosque holds a heritage lesson for Australia

Destruction of Mosul's Great Mosque holds a heritage lesson for Australia

( The Guardian )- The senseless destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul last week is not only a monumental loss for the people of Iraq but for all humanity. The 12th century place of worship and its famed leaning minaret were landmarks in the Old City and featured on local currency....

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What do we know about regime's use of chemical weapons in Syria?

What do we know about regime's use of chemical weapons in Syria?

( The Guardian )- What has the White House alleged? The Syrian military is making preparations for a chemical weapons attack that “would result in the mass murder of civilians, including children”. How has the Assad regime used chemical weapons in the past? It has deployed them in...

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Animals also a victim of regime brutality: footage

Animals also a victim of regime brutality: footage

By Ethar Abdulhaq (Zaman Al Wasl)- Since the start of the revolution, Syrians are being killed and suffocated. This violence follows years of regime oppression, repression, and executions. Syrians have not even been able to raise a file against the al-Assad regime in the...

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I spent months being tortured in Assad’s prisons. Sadly, I’m far from unique

I spent months being tortured in Assad’s prisons. Sadly, I’m far from unique

( The Guardian )- For the 10 months I spent as a detainee in the prisons of Bashar al-Assad, I only saw my family in my dreams. At night, the screams would stop for an hour or two, and I could close my eyes and remember what it was like to be human. When I slept, I would return to my life....

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Syrian regime never try to recapture oil fields from ISIS

Syrian regime never try to recapture oil fields from ISIS

(Eqtsad)- Recent years witnessed the Islamic State forces taking over most of Syria’s oil production more than three years ago, and the Kurdish forces seizing the Rumailan oil fields. Throughout all this, the regime did not make any attempts to retrieve these fields, and it did not even bomb...

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The fall of Raqqa: the deadliest phase

The fall of Raqqa: the deadliest phase

( The Guardian )- The rush to Raqqa, Islamic State’s capital on the banks of the Euphrates in Syria, marks the beginning of a new and perilous phase in one of the world’s most dangerous battle zones. The capture of the capital of Isis’s self-declared caliphate would be partly symbolic –...

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How Omran, the dazed Aleppo boy who reappeared this week became a political pawn

How Omran, the dazed Aleppo boy who reappeared this week became a political pawn

By Samantha Schmidt ( The Washington Post )- For a few fleeting moments, scores of people worldwide knew the face and name of the young Syrian boy in the ambulance. They saw the gut-wrenching scene in Aleppo last August captured in a photograph and video that quickly circulated on...

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The Error of Arming the Syrian Kurds

The Error of Arming the Syrian Kurds

( The New York Times )- The United States recently committed itself to arming the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, known as the Y.P.G., to help evict the Islamic State from its Syrian stronghold, Raqqa. This decision is likely to prove deeply troublesome, risking the regional stability...

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Omran  trapped between Zain and regime propaganda

Omran trapped between Zain and regime propaganda

By Naser Ali (Zaman Al Wasl)- Is Zain the Kuwaiti telecommunication company’s recent advertisement connecting Omran Dokneish, a Syrian child, with the scene of a suicide attack aimed at presenting the regime as innocent and blaming al-Qaeda and the Jihadist factions for all the violations...

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Qatar and Syria’s seven priorities

Qatar and Syria’s seven priorities

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian revolution and Qatar have many intersections and Qatar preceded everyone in some of these intersections. Zaman al-Wasl presents 7 priorities for Qatar with the Syrian revolution: July 18, 2011: The Qatari Ambassador and the Qatari Diplomatic Mission...

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Could Syria's 'prosecutor without a tribunal' work?

Could Syria's 'prosecutor without a tribunal' work?

( Al-Jazeera )- When Mahmoud Nowar was released from detention, doctors told his father that he was so withered and malnourished that he would only have survived a few more days of starvation and torture at the hands of Syrian government forces. The pro-democracy activist and former resident...

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Syria’s bloodiest battle is yet to come — and 1 million civilians are at risk

Syria’s bloodiest battle is yet to come — and 1 million civilians are at risk

(The Washington Post )- They came from every corner of Syria: people who fled fighting but could not afford smugglers’ fees to go farther. Now nearly 1 million are packed into one province in Syria’s northwest, eyeing a weeks-old cease-fire there with trepidation, fear and mistrust....

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Trump said he would ‘take out’ the families of ISIS fighters. Did an airstrike in Syria do just that?

Trump said he would ‘take out’ the families of ISIS fighters. Did an airstrike in Syria do just that?

( The Washington Post )- Back when he was still a candidate and not president of the United States, Donald Trump had a suggestion for winning the battle against the Islamic State: “Take out their families.” “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families,...

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Are the U.S. and Iran on a Collision Course in Syria?

Are the U.S. and Iran on a Collision Course in Syria?

BY DAN DE LUCE, PAUL MCLEARY ( Foreign Policy )- A U.S. air raid against Iranian-backed fighters in southern Syria last week represents a volatile new phase of the conflict that could trigger a wider confrontation between the United States and Iran — and their allies on the ground....

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How Trump could deal a blow to Iran and help save Syria

How Trump could deal a blow to Iran and help save Syria

( The Washington Post )- Despite President Trump’s reluctance to get deeply involved in the Syrian civil war, the United States now finds itself in the middle of an escalating battle in the country’s south that last week led to a clash between the U.S. military and Iranian-backed...

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