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Paweł Pieniążek

Paweł Pieniążek

Reporter

A journalist and a correspondent from the Middle East. Paweł covered protests in Russia, the Ukrainian revolution, the war in Donbass, refugee crisis and the fights between Iraq’s Kurds and ISIS. He published in “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Krytyka Polityczna”, “Newsweek”, “Polityka”, “Tygodnik Powszechny”; authored “Wojna, która nas zmieniła” and “Pozdrowienia z Noworosji”.

2 July 2018
Asia, Syria

Two versions of the UN

The Human Rights Council has abstained from publishing numerous facts about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.
Paweł Pieniążek
25 June 2018
Asia, Syria

Assad’s strange declarations

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has once again announced that he is considering starting negotiations on the future of Syria with the Syrian Democratic Forces. Kurdish politicians say that they have not received any proposals.
Paweł Pieniążek
18 June 2018
Asia, Iraq

Will the Iraqis vote again?

A month has gone since the parliamentary elections and still there are no final results.
Paweł Pieniążek
11 June 2018
Asia, Syria

What does Turkey want to achieve in Manbij?

Contrary to previous Turkish announcements, Manbij future is uncertain.
Paweł Pieniążek
1 June 2018
Asia, Syria

The Battle of Damascus is finally over

The war had started seven years ago, and the Syrian government finally managed to gain control over the territories near the capital of the country. ISIS has recently been defeated in Yarmouk.
Paweł Pieniążek
24 May 2018
Asia, Syria

Ramadan begins

The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset.
Paweł Pieniążek
21 May 2018
Asia, Iraq

Iraqis (don’t) go to vote

This is the first parliamentary election after ISIS was defeated in Iraq.
Paweł Pieniążek
11 May 2018
Asia, Syria

The oil in Syria means conflict

The former ISIS territories become a field of another fights
Paweł Pieniążek
8 May 2018
Asia, Syria

A diversionary war between Iran and Israel

An increasingly harsh confrontation between two Middle East powers is going on in Syria right now.
Paweł Pieniążek
25 April 2018
Asia, Syria

ISIS does not give up fighting

The jihadists still resist despite so many world leaders’ declarations that ISIS is over.
Paweł Pieniążek
20 April 2018
Asia, Syria

Ghouta was taken over by the regime forces but the war is still ongoing

The days between the chemical attack in Duma and the military response of the USA, Great Britain and France were full of tension. The western countries announced that they were preparing to attack and accused the regime of the President Bashar al-Assad of using the chemical weapons. On the other hand, Russia, which supports the […]
Paweł Pieniążek
17 April 2018
Asia, Syria

I had to leave my home once again

Rodi was running away from war to Afrin four years ago.
Paweł Pieniążek
10 April 2018
Asia, Syria

Confusion about Manbij

Turkey is making threats that it will attack other cities controlled by Kurdish militias. After Turkish forces had taken , Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoǧan repeated that this is not the end of the military offensive in northern Syria. is about to be the first aim. Erdoǧan also mentioned other Syrian cities controlled by the […]
Paweł Pieniążek
13 March 2018
Asia, Syria

The escape from Afrin

Dozens of injured people are brought to the hospital in Afrin every day.
Paweł Pieniążek
10 March 2018
Asia, Syria

Afrin descends to basements

Turkish troops and its supporting militias are getting closer to the city.
Paweł Pieniążek
5 March 2018
Asia, Syria

Civilian tragedy in Afrin and east Ghouta continues

At least 2595 people (including over 1000 civilians and 373 children) died in Syria in February. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that almost two thirds of the death toll is the aftermath of bombings in . Fierce battles are also taking place in . The situation has not changed after the 30-day ceasefire […]
Paweł Pieniążek
26 February 2018
Asia, Syria

Eastern Ghouta is a “hell on Earth”

520 people have died in eastern Ghouta since February 18th. It was the aftermath of the regime’s air raids on this territory controlled by the anti-government forces. Ghouta is located 15 kilometers west of Damascus, the country’s capital, and inhabited by almost 400,000 people. The Syrian army has continued the siege of this area since […]
Paweł Pieniążek
13 February 2018
Asia, Syria

Where are the ISIS fighters?

About 40,000 people from around the world came to Syria and Iraq a few years ago with guns in their hands to support the making of a self-proclaimed caliphate. Nowadays the fate of most of them is unknown.
Paweł Pieniążek
6 February 2018
Asia, Syria

No breakthrough for Syria in Sochi

The peace talks in Sochi were supposed to show that dialogue is possible. According to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, they were to yield a breakthrough and prove that all sides of the conflict can start a discussion. Unlike the talks in Geneva (ongoing since 2012), the Sochi negotiations were also supposed to be effective. […]
Paweł Pieniążek
29 January 2018
Asia, Syria

Syria: Operation Olive Branch claims 200 lives

In response to the Turkish aggression Avêsta Xabûr, a Kurdish woman, committed a suicide attack by blowing herself up. One tank was destroyed and at least Turkish soldiers died. According to one version, she used a grenade. Other versions, popularized by some of the Kurdish media, claim that the 20-year-old had explosives tied to her […]
Paweł Pieniążek
22 January 2018
Asia, Syria

Turkey attacks Afrin

The Kurd-dominated region of Afrin in northern Syria is currently targeted by Turkish air raids. Turkey has also announced that it is going to attack the city of Manbij. The first planes that initiated the attacks on the Kurdish militias of and appeared over the Afrin on January 20st 2018. A day later the Turkish […]
Paweł Pieniążek
16 January 2018
Asia, Syria

An underground Caliphate

On October 17, 2017, Raqqa was recaptured from the hands of jihadists by the troops of Syrian Democratic Forces and the with support of the Americans. The Caliphate left IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) spread all over the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS. The jihadists left numerous underground tunnels as well. What were they used for? On […]
Paweł Pieniążek
10 January 2018
Asia, Syria

Is there a chance for peace in Syria? Talks in Sochi will bring more questions than answers

The aim of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress (an official name for the planned meeting in Russian Sochi) is to create a draft of a new Syria constitution. Anyway, little is known about the meeting. The formula of the congress is unknown and its date has been postponed several times. Up to 1,700 people may […]
Paweł Pieniążek
2 January 2018
Asia, Syria

Internal refugees in Syria do not see any hope of returning home

It is difficult to feel the Christmas spirit in the Al-Sad camp. The sun sets quickly and the temperature at night drops to only few degrees Celsius. The camp is in the desert, 200 kilometres from the 200,000-thousand-year-old city of Al-Hasakah, and 150 kilometres from the frontline with ISIS.
Paweł Pieniążek
27 December 2017
Asia, Kurdistan

Bloody protests worsen the crisis in Kurdistan

Demonstrators are against pay cuts and demand a fight against corruption.
Paweł Pieniążek
18 December 2017
Asia, Kurdistan

Kurdistan is negotiating its future

The Iraqi Kurds voted for an independent state in a referendum organized on September 25.  Instead they were given dependence from an Iraqi central government.
Paweł Pieniążek
11 December 2017
Asia, Syria

Russia tightens cooperation with the Syrian Kurds

Russian major general Yevgeny Poplavski met with Nouri Mahmoud, the spokesman for the , a Kurdish militia group. The meeting took place on 3rd of December 2017 in Al-Salihiyah, a town located in the Deir ez-Zor province. Mahmoud said: “The YPG and are always ready to fight with all forms of terror, using the support […]
Paweł Pieniążek
5 December 2017
Asia, Syria

The Kurds build a federation

The local elections took place on December 1st, 2017 in northern Syria, where the Kurds constitute the majority. The Damascus-based regime does not recognize it.
Paweł Pieniążek
27 November 2017
Asia, Syria

Although there is no more ‘Caliphate’, ISIS is still a potential threat

The fighters of a self-appointed ‘Caliphate’ were pushed into the desert. Some of them still remain in eastern Syria, in a small area in the west of Syria near the border with Israel, in Jordan and in western Iraq. This is less than 5 percent of the territories ISIS controlled in 2014 and 2015. However, […]
Paweł Pieniążek