Syrian opposition preparing for possible regime expansion on al-Bab fronts

There are fears of a new military operation near al-Bab in Aleppo countryside, after the Syrian regime forces and their allied militias positioned there received fresh military reinforcements.

Khaled al-Khateb | Syria Conflict | Feb 25, 2021
al-monitor Turkish forces stand guard as Syrians rally against the Turkish presence in northern Syria on Nov. 17, 2019 in the town of al-Bab in Syria's northern Aleppo governorate. Turkey and its Syrian proxies control several pockets of territory on the Syrian side of the border as a result of successive incursions in 2016-17, 2018 and 2019. Photo by BAKR ALKASEM/AFP via Getty Images.

Authorities in northeast Syria struggle to impose Kurdish curriculum

The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria has been sanctioning private schools and institutes in its areas of control in northeast Syria and arresting teachers for not following the Kurdish curriculum in their educational systems.

Mohammed Hardan | Education | Feb 25, 2021

Rise of Turkish lira is not felt by citizens in Syria’s Idlib

Civilians in the areas controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in northwest Syria are reeling under exorbitant prices of goods and the lack of a strict supply control, while the Turkish lira, which is in circulation in those areas, rises against the US dollar.

Sultan al-Kanj | Idlib | Feb 25, 2021

Iranian forces form new groups to boost influence in east Syria

The Fatemiyoun Brigade and the Iranian militias have beefed up their presence in Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria by bringing in more Syrian elements into their ranks and intensifying their religious, military and cultural activities in order to expand and preserve their interests.

Khaled al-Khateb | | Feb 24, 2021

German court convicts ex-Syrian regime officer in historic case

Eyad al-Gharib, a former low-ranking officer in Syria's intelligence services, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity.

Al-Monitor Staff | Human rights | Feb 24, 2021