#Syria

Syrians confirm deaths of missing relatives by 'Caesar' photos

Jun 23, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians searching for their relatives have stepped up their efforts after the US adopted the Caesar Act, new legislation imposing sanctions on the Syrian regime for war crimes.

Families, who had long given up on ever finding their relatives, can click on web links to see photos of some of the thousands of people killed in regime prisons, in a desperate attempt to confirm the death of their loved ones.

The Caesar Act and what awaits Syria

By Ali Cinar, TRT World

As the world continues its fight against Covid-19, the suffering in Syria, and some of the bloodiest years in the Middle East, do not abate. We are facing the fact that half a million people have been killed by Assad, and 6.5 million Syrians have been forced into displacement by the conflict.

Neither the United Nations nor the European Union has been able to take the desired steps for the Syrian crisis. Several countries thousands of kilometers away have tried to divide Syria for their own agendas.

Trump was worried about striking Russian forces in Syria: Bolton

The former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has claimed that President Donald Trump was concerned about possible losses among Russian military personnel if a U.S. strike was launched against Syrian regime facilities in April of 2018.

In his memoirs about serving under Trump, Bolton described the meetings that took place in the White House after a chemical attack by the Assad regime in Syria.

Bolton said Trump was worried about accidentally hitting the Russian forces with missiles intended to target Syrian regime installations and troops.

Clashes Between Syrian Regime Army and Iranian Militias Leave Several Dead: Report

Clashes between Syrian regime forces and Iranian militias have reportedly been raging in the Syrian city of Albukamal over the last few days, coinciding with the targeting of a bus transporting members of Assad’s forces in the south of the country.

The Syrian and Lebanese meltdowns go hand-in-hand as the race to collapse continues in Venezuela and Iran

By Raghida Dergham

All roads lead to Tehran according to the pattern of American sanctions extending from Venezuela to Syria through Lebanon - but this does not negate the importance of targeting senior figures in these nations, led by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Syrian Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah.

A Short History of the Syrian Revolution: Video

Jun 20, 2020

Have you ever heard that "Syria is too complex to understand?"

Do you ask, what happened in Syria? What and why were Syrians protesting? Who is fighting in Syria? Is Assad that bad? Who used chemical weapons in Syria? Who was opposing the Syrian government? What do the Syrian people even want? Is the Syrian war simply ISIS vs. Assad? What is Russia's role in Syria? Why are there more than 6.5 million Syrian refugees worldwide- what are they escaping? #WhySyriansARefugees #WorldRefugeeDay2020

The Caesar Act and a Pathway Out of Conflict in Syria

By Steven Heydemann, Brookings Institution

On June 17, the most wide-ranging U.S. sanctions ever applied against Syria went into effect. The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, passed into law as part of the most recent National Defense Authorization Act, dramatically expands the authority of the U.S. government to sanction businesses, individuals, and government institutions for economic activities that support the Assad regime’s ability to wage war.

The Caesar Act and a Pathway Out of Conflict in Syria

By Steven Heydemann, Brookings Institution

On June 17, the most wide-ranging U.S. sanctions ever applied against Syria went into effect. The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, passed into law as part of the most recent National Defense Authorization Act, dramatically expands the authority of the U.S. government to sanction businesses, individuals, and government institutions for economic activities that support the Assad regime’s ability to wage war.

German Foreign Office: Syria Unsafe for Refugees

Jun 16, 2020

The German Federal Foreign Office said Syria remains an unsafe place for refugees due to the crackdowns perpetrated by the incumbent regime and its affiliated militias.

In a Thursday statement, the German Foreign Office said the security turmoil in Syria poses serious threats to the lives of refugees, citing violations committed by pro-government militias at checkpoints set upacross the country, and the uncontrolled circulation of weapons deployed “mercilessly” by these militias and intelligence officers against people in Syria.

"I’ve learned what it means for a human being to be truly free." An Exclusive Interview with Syrian Revolution Icon Hadi Abdullah

Apr 06, 2016

'I’ve learned what it means for a human being to be truly free. We’ve continued for five years, and I lived…I’ve lived as a free person. Before the revolution, I never felt this, although I was a teacher at a university, and my situation was excellent in comparison to other young men. However, I never used to feel this idea of freedom of thought. I didn’t even have this perspective. I hadn’t yet had the slightest experience, or slightest life-changing experience, that we are living right now.

So, for me, despite everything, I see better and positive developments, in general.

In terms of the revolution, it is going through its natural “labor pains.” That’s my opinion.'

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