The “Syrian Democratic Council”—ostensibly a vehicle for Kurdish-Arab coexistence in former ISIS territories—is increasingly looking to normalize ties with the Assad regime, spelling disaster for the displaced residents of Raqqa and elsewhere, with no apparent opposition from its Western sponsors.
Assad was never going to save Syria's Kurds from the Turkish army. That the Kurds sought a devil's bargain with him anyway was a mistake in more than one way, argues James Snell.
The Coalition’s battle against ISIS in Raqqa is over, but the war between civilians and explosives left by the latter is only getting started, with the death toll of 300 growing daily as desperate amateurs risk their lives to clear homes for a paltry fee.
Syria’s Kurds are mistaken if they imagine Assad will let them flourish as equal partners in a federalized post-war settlement, argues James Snell.
Syrian Kurds seem to be the major beneficiaries of the state of affairs in Syria, but further moves towards their nationalistic ambition of establishing an independent state are becoming increasingly harder.
Fadel al-Homsi writes about the town of Tal Rifaat, in the rural north of Aleppo, discussing its history, revolutionary narratives, and current conditions under Syrian Democratic Forces.