Air strikes in the rebel-controlled Idlib province of Syria are raising fears that the Syrian government will reclaim the territory at an enormous cost to civilians’ lives. An offensive on Idlib would mark “the beginning of the end of the Syrian civil war,” according to North Dakota State political science professor Thomas Ambrosio. Wedged up against the Turkish border in the northwest corner of Syria, Idlib is one of the last major areas of Syria not under government control. President Bashar al-Assad’s ally Russia began shelling Idlib on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Different sources report varying counts on how many civilians were killed. Ambrosio expects the attacks will accelerate significantly in the next week. He also said the impending military advances will be the deadliest since the war began in 2011. “This is going to be a horrible humanitarian disaster,” Ambrosio said. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, more than 217,000 … [Read more...] about ‘The beginning of the end’ of the Syrian War
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Middle East Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByBen Hubbard and Karam Shoumali July 26, 2018 BEIRUT, Lebanon — Seven years ago, Islam Dabbas, an engineering student, was thrown in prison for protesting against the Syrian government. His mother visited him twice, paying bribes to do so, but then the permissions stopped. She heard nothing of her son’s fate ever since. Until last week, when a relative filed for a government registration document and was shocked to see that it gave Mr. Dabbas’s date of death: Jan. 15, 2013. “The news of his death devastated us, and we wish we had known then,” said his sister, Heba, who lives in exile in Egypt. “Since his arrest, we have lived days of hope and days of despair as uncertainty consumed our minds.” In recent weeks, hundreds of Syrian families have suddenly … [Read more...] about Hundreds Died in Syrian Custody, Government Acknowledges
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Monkey Cage Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Scott Edwards and Steven Livingston by Scott Edwards and Steven Livingston April 3 at 6:00 AM Dutch investigators examine pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Rassipne, in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, in 2014. (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP) In the past few years, the brave new online world has made it both much easier, and vastly harder, to establish the facts about human rights violations. Human rights investigators … [Read more...] about Fake news is about to get a lot worse. That will make it easier to violate human rights — and get away with it.
BEIRUT -- A second convoy with desperately needed aid for the besieged rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus was postponed on Thursday because of the violence and a rapidly evolving situation on the ground as Syrian government forces effectively split the eastern Ghouta enclave into two parts. In rapid advances overnight, troops and allied militiamen seized more than half of the area, including a stretch of farmland, isolating the northern and southern parts of the rebel-held territory, cutting links between the rebels and further squeezing opposition fighters and tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside, state media and a war monitor reported. The government forces advanced from the east and were only about a mile away from forces on the western side of eastern Ghouta. The military gains have caused wide-scale internal displacement as civilians flee government advances toward areas in the territory still held by the rebels. The most densely populated areas in eastern Ghouta are … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Aid for besieged civilians delayed as Assad pushes offensive
BEIRUT -- Syrian government forces and Russian aircraft blanketed parts of the besieged, rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghotua with airstrikes and rocket fire on Thursday, activists said, as Syrians marked seven years since the popular uprising that sparked their country's vicious civil war. The assault allowed Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's Russian-backed forces to push further into Ghouta and seize the first major population center there from rebels this week, seemingly sparking a mass exodus of civilians from the town. A video feed provided by Russian broadcaster Ruptly showed scores of civilians fleeing the eastern Ghouta town of Hamouria on Thursday, seemingly the most significant exodus from the besieged enclave since the Syrian offensive on rebels there ramped up on Feb. 18. The steady flow of civilians came after Syrian government forces reclaimed Hamouria from rebels, with the support of both Syrian and Russian airstrikes. The final assault to reclaim Hamouria left at least 26 … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Dozens flee besieged Syrian region as Assad’s forces move in