Fighting stopped in Ras al-Ayn (also known in Kurdish as Serekaniye) in the beginning of November after the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a militia allied with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), took control of the city and a large number of villages around it. Al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State in [...]
By Milia Eidamouni (Zaatari Camp, Jordan) – The tough circumstances and challenges faced by Syrian women in Zaatari Camp don’t stand in the way [...]
By Hazzaa al-Adnan (Kfar Nabel, Syria) – Shadia, a young lady from Kfar Nabel who studies law at Aleppo University, says that her father, a farmer, [...]
By Salam al-Saadi (Damascus, Syria) – Abu Nawras faced a difficult decision in June 2013. His chicken farm was not as profitable as it had been before [...]
- Photoblog: Life Slowly Returns to Normal in Ras al-Ayn (Serekaniye)
- Syrian Women at Zaatari Refugee Camp Stand up for Themselves
- Scarcity and Bribery Raise the Price of Gas: Hama’s “Regime” Gas Becomes “Free” in Kfar Nabel
- Chicken Flies out of Reach for Damascenes
- Photoblog: Qamishli, the City of Black Gold Looking for Fuel
- Back to School in Raqqa
- Relief Organisations Replace Government Bakeries in Kfar Nabel
- Photoblog: Relative Stability Breathes New Life into Manbij
- Christian Villagers in Syria Face Dilemma about Taking up Arms
- Jaramana Residents Angry at Opposition Rockets
Lone Protester Takes Stand on Raqqa Abductions
By Zaina Erhaim* (Raqqa, Syria) – Suad stands alone for hours outside the headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in the city of Raqqa in northern Syria, holding up a sign [...]
Why the West is Wrong on Syria
By Razan Zaitouneh Why does the West insist on dealing with our dead and injured as if they were less valuable than a Westerner – and as if our casualties don’t even deserve respect or compassion? Activists [...]
What to Expect in Detention
Note from the editorial team: The writer of the following story shared his experience being arrested in 2012 with the Damascus Bureau. “Where are you from?” “From Suweida” “And [...]
Will the National Coalition of Revolutionary Forces in Eastern Ghouta Be Able to Unite the Revolutionary Forces?
By Razan Zeitouneh Note: This report is the third in a series dedicated to the institutions set up by the opposition in the areas controlled by the opposition in Eastern Ghouta. You can read the first [...]
Relief Organisations Replace Government Bakeries in Kfar Nabel
By Hazzaa al-Adnan (Kfar Nabel, Syria) – In August, in the town of Kfar Nabel, around 50 people gathered one morning in front of Issam al-Dani’s corner store, which is licensed to sell government [...]
Photoblog: Precarious Peace in Aleppo
Opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo experienced a state of relative stability in the past few months, as a number of displaced people returned and schools and shops reopened their doors. But the situation [...]
Proliferation of Weapons in Qamishli Leads to Accidental Killings
By Vyan Mohammad (Qamishli, Syria) – In early June, 16-year-old-Ahmad was killed when his five-year-old brother fired their father’s nine millimetre Star handgun. Ahmad used to live with his family [...]
Injured Syrians Die in Ambulances while en Route to the Turkish Border
By Hazaa al-Adnan (Kfar Nabl, Syria) – In June, a Syrian Army helicopter dropped an explosive barrel on a residential neighborhood in the Syrian city of Kfar Nabl. Four people died immediately [...]
Photoblog: Life Slowly Returns to Normal in Ras al-Ayn (Serekaniye)
Fighting stopped in Ras al-Ayn (also known in Kurdish as Serekaniye) in the beginning of November after the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a militia allied with the Kurdish Democratic Union [...]
Scarcity and Bribery Raise the Price of Gas: Hama’s “Regime” Gas Becomes “Free” in Kfar Nabel
By Hazzaa al-Adnan (Kfar Nabel, Syria) – Shadia, a young lady from Kfar Nabel who studies law at Aleppo University, says that her father, a farmer, had to cut down five of the 20 fig trees in their [...]
Chicken Flies out of Reach for Damascenes
By Salam al-Saadi (Damascus, Syria) – Abu Nawras faced a difficult decision in June 2013. His chicken farm was not as profitable as it had been before the war, making it difficult to support his [...]
Photoblog: Qamishli, the City of Black Gold Looking for Fuel
Qamishli is no longer the city of either black or white gold, as Syrians used to call it due to its natural oil wealth and cotton fields. The situation has now changed, and most oil wells have stopped [...]
Social Media Monitor: Activists Refuse “Incitement” against Syrian Refugees in Egypt
During the recent events in Egypt that the led to the ousting of President Mohammad Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood opponents have accused Syrian refugees of endorsing Egypt’s Islamists and taking part [...]
Social Media Monitor: Syrians Divided Over Morsi’s Ousting
The ousting of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi on Wednesday, July 3, caused divisions among Syrians. In an interview with the government-owned daily Al-Thawra, President Bashar al-Assad declared that [...]
Social Media Monitor: Syrian Pound Reaches All Time Low
The Syrian pound dropped to an unprecedented low on Monday, June 17, when the dollar was traded, for the first time, at around 200 Syrian pounds. A correspondent of The Damascus Bureau who lives in a government-controlled [...]
Social Media Monitor: A 15-year old executed for blasphemy
Mohammad Qattaa, a 15-year-old who sold coffee on the street in the opposition-controlled Al-Shaar neighbourhood in Aleppo, was asked on Saturday, June 8 if he could give someone coffee on credit. According [...]
Christian Villagers in Syria Face Dilemma about Taking up Arms
By Mariam Abdullah* (WADI AL-NASSARA – HOMS PROVINCE) – This past July, around 50 frightened Christian villagers in a town in an area of western Syria known as the “Christian Valley” gathered in [...]
Opposition Activists in Damascus Give Views on Peaceful Solution
Youssef Kanaan* International powers push the government and opposition to sit at the negotiation table after being bloodied by the conflict. Cartoon by artist Muaffaq Qat. Credit: Facebook. (Damascus, [...]
The Free Syrian Army and Armed Kurdish Parties: Perpetual Conflict or Episodic Tension?
By Raed Khalil* (Tal Abyad, Syria) – Clashes between rival militias have become the norm in the town of Tal Abyad and neighbouring villages. The battles usually pit the Kurdish faction, called the [...]
Demonstrators in Salqeen Give their Views on Military Strike, Political Solution
The Damascus Bureau asked residents of the opposition-controlled town of Salqeen in Idlib province to give their views on American military intervention and how to end the Syrian crisis. The interviewees [...]
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Cannabis cultivation has spread in opposition-controlled villages surrounding the northern Syrian town of Salqeen. Hash produced in these villages is often smuggled into neighbouring Turkey. Members of the recently formed security force in Salqeen say they are determined to put an end to the cultivation of cannabis. A report by Damascus Bureau correspondent Issam Abdel Hamid.
Dozens of Aleppans risk their lives every day as they commute between the government-controlled and the opposition-controlled parts of the city, taking the only pedestrian crossing that links the two parts. Government snipers target passersby, most of whom live on one side of Aleppo but work in another.
A visit that was done in May to the Bab Al-Hawa camp, located near the crossing on the border with Turkey, reveals the terrible conditions in which displaced Syrians live.
Citizens of Aleppo who live in opposition-controlled parts of the city complain that armed groups in the city are not organized, which is a source of chaos and insecurity as undisciplined armed men roam the streets.
The Sharia Council in Aleppo was formed by several Islamist groups in the opposition-controlled part of the city and has taken over security and judicial duties in the city.
In May, the former head of the Syrian National Coalition proposed an initiative to end the conflict in Syria. It included allowing President Bashar al-Assad to leave the country with 500 people, but also putting members of the regime on trial. The following report assesses the views that people in Idlib Province have of this proposal and their thoughts on […]
Smugglers are transporting basic necessities from the town of Salqeen in the province of Idlib into Turkey. People interviewed complained that smuggling is depleting the town’s basic resources, such as foodstuff and diesel. They also complained that the involvement of opposition militiamen in the smuggling business is distracting them from their main target, which is fighting against government forces.
A report by Abu Abdu al-Idlibi and Ahmed Istanbuli (pseudonyms of two journalists who live inside Syria)
Travellers from Syria’s north into Turkey often lack valid passports, which forces them to cross the border illegally and put themselves at the risk of being arrested or even shot by Turkish border guards.
A report by Abu Abdi al-Idlibi (pseudonym of a journalist who lives inside Syria)
Activist Rami Nakhle discussed in an online lecture the danger of sectarianism in Syria and how to counter it. You can watch the full lecture in the following video.
The third online talk of the series of online lectures of ‘From Activist to Activist’ presented journalist and documentary filmmaker Amer Mattar. Mattar talked about the media in Syria and how it is being used during the revolution. You can watch the full video below.