Syria

woman with letter

Court orders Canada to take back its citizens from camps in Syria

A court in Canada has ordered the government to repatriate 23 of its citizens who have been detained in camps for suspected ISIS members and their families in northeastern Syria. If not challenged, this would be the largest repatriation of Canadians from Syria so far.

Court orders Canada to take back its citizens from camps in Syria
Syrian children who are refugees in Turkey face many barriers to learning.

In Turkey, refugee children face hurdles to school enrollment

In Turkey, refugee children face hurdles to school enrollment
soldiers in a tank

As bombs fall, northern Syria braces for a potential Turkish invasion

As bombs fall, northern Syria braces for a potential Turkish invasion
people at gas pump

Renewed calls in Syria to overthrow Assad regime

Renewed calls in Syria to overthrow Assad regime
Parents in Argelita fixed up this abandoned lot adjacent to the new school, turned it into a playground and garden.

A school reopens in this small Spanish village after 47 years

A school reopens in this small Spanish village after 47 years
A three-image combo of stills taken from CCTV footage shows Kadiza Sultana, left, Shamima Begum, centre and and Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick airport

Reports show British teenager was allegedly trafficked to ISIS by Canadian agent

Azadeh Moaveni, with the International Crisis Group, speaks with The World’s host Carol Hills about Shamima Begum, a British woman who was a teenager when she traveled to Syria in 2015. Moaveni says new information about Begum being trafficked by a Canadian intelligence agent could have serious implications for Canada.

Reports show British teenager was allegedly trafficked to ISIS by Canadian agent
In this March 21, 2011, file photo, a Syrian soldier steps out of the burned courthouse that was set on fire by anti-government protesters in the southern city of Daraa, Syria.

Civil workshopping: Part II

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into what factors may lead an army to fracture instead of launching a coup.

Civil workshopping: Part II
Syrians sit at a coffee shop

'I'm being strangled here': Refugees returned by Turkey to Syria say conditions are bleak

In the Turkish city of Istanbul, police have continued a stepped-up campaign of random ID checks in immigrant neighborhoods. This week, officials acknowledged that 19,000 people have been deported over the past eight months. It’s not clear how many of them are Syrians.

'I'm being strangled here': Refugees returned by Turkey to Syria say conditions are bleak
overhead view of destroyed city

Jackie Chan is producing a movie in Syria. Some Syrians are outraged.

Jackie Chan, known for his action movies, martial arts and acrobatic fighting style, is producing a new film called “Home Operation.” This one though, is not set in Tokyo or LA, but in the leveled and destroyed town of Al-Hajar al-Aswad on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria. The news has outraged some Syrians who say their destroyed homes are not props for foreign film productions.

Jackie Chan is producing a movie in Syria. Some Syrians are outraged.
a soldier in front of a prison

Turkey eyes a new military operation in northern Syria, leaving people in the area on edge

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says he plans to establish an 18-mile “safe zone” in northern Syria to counter a US-backed Kurdish group. Erdoğan considers the People’s Protection Units, or the YPG, a threat to the security of his country.

Turkey eyes a new military operation in northern Syria, leaving people in the area on edge
Syrian authorities display Captagon pills, in rural Damascus, Syria

Syria's descent into a narco state

The World's Carol Hills spoke with Natasha Hall, a senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about Syria's drug trade and the country's descent into a narco state status. 

Syria's descent into a narco state
A man walks next to heavily damaged buildings and destroyed cars following Russian attacks in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, May 24, 2022.

Ukrainian doctors train for the possibility of a chemical attack from Russia

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, medical workers have been concerned about the possibility of Russia using chemical agents against civilians. That hasn’t happened yet (none on official record) but a Syrian American nongovernmental organization is helping Ukrainian medical workers prepare for the worst.

Ukrainian doctors train for the possibility of a chemical attack from Russia
In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle with rebel fighters at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria. 

Civil warcraft: Part II

In this week's Critical State, a weekly foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, Kelsey D. Atherton takes a deep dive into insurgency and counterinsurgency in urban warfare.

Civil warcraft: Part II
Soldiers with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces check a house in Hassakeh, Syria, Jan. 25, 2022. After breaking into the prison late Thursday, ISIS militants were joined by others rioting inside the facility that housed over 3,000 inmates, including

Three months after ISIS attacked a prison in northeast Syria, the fate of at least 100 child detainees remains unclear

Human rights groups say they are deeply concerned about the well-being of the children who remain injured or unaccounted for following an ISIS attack on a prison in northeast Syria. Many of the children's home countries refuse to them them back.

Three months after ISIS attacked a prison in northeast Syria, the fate of at least 100 child detainees remains unclear
A Kurdish security officer escorts Alexanda Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh

Former ISIS member is found guilty in US federal court

El Shafee Elsheikh, a former British citizen accused of taking part in a brutal ISIS hostage-taking scheme, has been convicted in a federal court in Virginia of assisting in the kidnapping and deaths of four Americans between 2012 and 2015.

Former ISIS member is found guilty in US federal court