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Liwa Al-Jabal: A New Loyalist Militia Unity Initiative In Suwayda’

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Liwa al-Jabal. Unity initiatives of various kinds among armed groups are foremost associated with the rebels in Syria. Despite some attempts to argue to the contrary, the popular conception of the wider insurgency and opposition as heavily divided is largely correct. Show More Summary

Quwat Dir’ Al-Qalamoun: Shifting Militia Links

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Quwat Dir’ al-Qalamoun. The emblem includes a Qur’an quotation: “If God supports you, no one can overcome you” [3:160]. That many armed groups have shifted their links and affiliations over the course of Syrian civil war should come as no surprise. Show More Summary

America’s Failure – and Russia and Iran’s Success – in Syria’s Cataclysmic Civil War – By Joshua Landis

America’s Failure — and Russia and Iran’s Success — in Syria’s Cataclysmic Civil War By Joshua Landis interviewed by John Judis for TPM, where this was published on January 10, 2017 By JOHN JUDIS – Interviews Joshua Landis for Talking...Show More Summary

Syria Says Israeli Missiles Have Struck Near a Military Airport West of Damascus

It is the third such Israeli strike into Syria recently, according to the Syrian government

Russia Begins Shrinking Military Presence in Syria

The General Staff chief said that the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier and accompanying ships will be the first to leave

Local Loyalist Militias of Suwayda’: Katibat Jalamid Urman (Dir’ al-Jabal)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Katibat Jalamid Urman, featuring the group’s name on top as well as the appended name Dir’ al-Jabal on the bottom. In the middle is the star that represents the Druze faith. The rim of the emblem consists of the Syrian flag. Show More Summary

Hundreds Flee Fighting Near Syria’s Capital Despite Truce

The Syrian military said some 1,300 people fled the Barada Valley region since Saturday

Sporadic Fighting Mars Second Day of Syria Cease-Fire

The violations threaten to undermine a two-day-old agreement

Aleppo’s Christians Celebrate Christmas and Hope for the Return of Peace

Hundreds danced and celebrated in the Azizya neighbourhood, where the public Christmas tree had gone unlit since 2012

The Fifth Legion: A New Auxiliary Force

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Though numerous militias exist on the regime side in Syria, only a few have garnered wider media attention. The most notable of these few groups is of course the National Defence Forces (NDF), set up as a counter-insurgency and auxiliary holding force in late 2012 with help from Hezbollah and Iran. Show More Summary

The U.N. Has Voted to Investigate Possible War Crimes in Syria

Syria's U.N. Ambassador called the resolution illegal and 'a flagrant interference in the affairs of a U.N. member state'

Don’t Blame Rescue-at-Sea Organizations for Migrants Coming to Europe

The EU's border agency reportedly accuses NGOs of colluding with smugglers on the Mediterranean. But the rescuers are only trying to save lives

Children of No Nation

How do you keep a family together when you've lost everything? TIME begins a year with refugee mothers and infants entering an uncertain future

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