Syria’s stock market stops trades of Rami Makhlouf’s telecom company

The company, owned by President Bashar al-Assad's embattled cousin, has been suspended from the exchange indefinitely.

Al-Monitor Staff | Syria Conflict | Jun 2, 2020
al-monitor People walk past the looted premises of the cellphone company Syriatel — owned by Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — in Daraa, Syria, March 21, 2011. Photo by REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri.

‘An insult to women’ everywhere: Afrin kidnappings prompt calls for investigation of Turkey-backed rebels

A video reportedly showing detained women inside a secret prison in Afrin has prompted further criticism of Turkey's proxy forces operating in Syria.

Elizabeth Hagedorn | Women’s rights | Jun 2, 2020

Intel: SDF commander reports progress on Kurdish reconciliation talks in Syria

Mazlum Kobani, commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, announced Friday that the first stage of reconciliation talks with rival Kurdish National Council has “gone well” and that “the second phase has begun.”

Al-Monitor Staff | Kurds | Jun 2, 2020

Turkey deports 12 Islamic State-linked fighters to Finland

The move comes after European governments have largely declined to take back detained citizens with links to the terror group.

Amberin Zaman | Islamic State | Jun 1, 2020

Reports: Children among the dead after Syrian rebels clash in Turkish-held Afrin

Clashes between Syrian rebel groups in the northern city of Afrin left at least two children dead Thursday.

Al-Monitor Staff | Armed Militias and Extremist Groups | May 29, 2020