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Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

A coalition of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by the United States. The most important elements of SDF are the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ).

19 February 2018
Asia, Syria

“It is hard to live without our leader”

Large number of portraits ripple over the crowd. They are on banners, flags and posters. They all show the same person, the same face – an elderly man and he has full moustache. Sometimes he is serious, sometimes smiling or thoughtful. His image is also on T-shirts, car windows stickers, and even on uniforms’ badges […]
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
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