Here is the complete report released by Human Rights Watch earlier this week, chronicling the unlawful use of cluster munitions and other tactics as the Syrian Civil War rages on
On September 25th the Kurdish people will vote in referendum to form the worlds newest country; Kurdistan. Here is a brief summary of the news and controversy surrounding this event and its implication on international political relationships going forward.
A new report from Amnesty International goes on the ground inside the Battle for Raqqa, including a breif summary of events over recent weeks/months and eye witness interviews with civilians caught in the cross-hairs of the battle.
According to reports out of Washington, senior members of the Trump Administration, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, have announced their decision to cut off funding to Syrian rebels fighting against the Government of Bashar al-Assad. Many are now suggesting that the move may be the deciding step ultimately resulting in the end of the Syrian Civil War as we have known it.
In September of 2017, the Kurdish people will hold a referendum vote to separate from Iraq and form their own country. However, the leaders of Iraq and Turkey both say they will refuse to recognize a Kurdish nation state, never-mind seceded territory to them. By continuing to arm, fund and support the Kurds, why is the US continuing to turn its back on a strategic NATO ally and coalition partner, and what does this mean for the future of the Middle East?
US led coalition forces are using White Phosphorus munition against the Islamic State in both Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. The use of these weapons is strictly forbidden in certain circumstances under international law, most notably as an “offensive weapon.” The US maintains they are using it as a “smokescreen” to shield fleeing escaping civilians from IS snipers. Despite this however, there are already reports circulating of civilian causalities, something which is not uncommon whenever these weapons are used.
The phrase “One mans freedom fighter is another mans terrorist” could not be more applicable. Despite the US arming and funding Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria, Turkish forces continue to bomb them. Whats behind this conflict of interest and what does it mean for NATO?
According to reporting by Middle East Eye, “At least 80 buses left the government-held towns of Fua and Kafraya in Idlib province in the northwest” early Friday morning. Adding that “More than 30,000 people are expected to be evacuated under the deal, which began on Wednesday with an exchange of prisoners between rebels and government forces.”
In the last 6 years since War first broke out in 2011, over 400,000 Syrians have died and nearly 20% of Syrian nationals have fled the country to live as refugees. As for the people who stayed, the UN now says that more than half of Syria’s population is in need of immediate humanitarian assistance with conditions worsening by the day.
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