How Islamic State became a military threat in Iraq and Syria

While the Islamic State group’s reign of terror in Iraq and Syria is virtually over, multiple reports throughout its existence show irresponsible arms transfers – especially from the West and its allies, empowering the self-proclaimed caliphate. This highlights an existing danger that won’t necessarily go away with IS: as long as such weapons transactions into war-zones occur, similar… Read More How Islamic State became a military threat in Iraq and Syria

Civilians in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta at ‘breaking point’

Communities in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held area outside Damascus, are at breaking point and in urgent need of aid, warn sources on the ground. Eastern Ghouta is one of the last regions in Syria controlled by anti-government militias. An increasingly tightened siege by the Syrian government, in place for four years, has been preventing aid groups… Read More Civilians in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta at ‘breaking point’

‘No childhood anymore’: Raqqa’s kids haunted by IS rule, coalition bombings

As the offensive on Raqqa intensifies, stories of the horrors that civilians, especially children, have endured under Islamic State rule are emerging. The Islamic State group seized Raqqa in January 2014, and the city is now besieged by US and Syrian Democratic Forces coalition troops. Recent air strikes reported to have killed dozens of civilians increases the… Read More ‘No childhood anymore’: Raqqa’s kids haunted by IS rule, coalition bombings

Red Cross slams conditions of displaced Syrians

As the fighting in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour intensifies, with both the US-backed SDF and the Syrian Army closing in on Islamic State group positions, thousands of Syrians are being displaced. Many are fleeing the conflict zones and forming temporary camps in nearby areas. Yet while attempting to escape danger, these refugees still find themselves… Read More Red Cross slams conditions of displaced Syrians

France bombing Syria: It is the wrong thing to do

    Here we go again. Syria is being bombarded already. After the tragic events which occurred in Paris on Friday, where over 100 civilians were killed in cold blood by extremists, who are claimed to be linked to the Islamic State, France has instantaneously mobilized its air forces in retaliation. Being dubbed ‘France’s 9/11’,… Read More France bombing Syria: It is the wrong thing to do