Because the media has largely stopped reporting the war in Syria, there is a widespread misunderstanding that the war in Syria is over. In fact, it has escalated.
Elizabeth TsurkovThe daily carnage in Idlib has largely escaped public attention. Many are certain the war in Syria is over. I write about how residents of this bombed-out enclave deal with with having their plight ignored bit.ly/2Tk0HFz for @Convo_ist
The Assad regime’s heavy reliance on Alawis in the army units and militias dispatched to the front-lines, coupled with the community’s relatively small size, have resulted in disproportionate losses of the sect’s young men. In addition, corruption...
Elizabeth TsurkovAssad's victory came at an immense cost to his sect. My new research based on multiple interviews with Alawis inside Syria is finally out with @NYRDaily
تجمع أحرار حوران - أحمد المجاريش تعيش محافظة درعا جنوبي سوريا، بعد نحو عام من سيطرة قوات الاسد والمل
Elizabeth TsurkovStats on southern Syria, a year after it surrendered to Assad. The regime arrested 692 people, there have been 112 assassination attempts & assassinations. Locals complain about lack of services, reconstruction bit.ly/2ZPkzCz (pro-opposition Horan Free League)
Elizabeth TsurkovResidents of Sahel al-Ghab, Hama, welcome a Turkish patrol into their areas today.
Multiple residents of rebel-held Syria told me they desire Turkish presence: they know it's the only think that may spare them regime+Russian bombings bit.ly/2TaPHJapic.twitter.com/bVpOIs2Tt9
أقدمت استخبارات النظام على اعتقال شابين اثنين، من أصل خمسة، عادوا من الأراضي التُركية عبر ما يُعرف بـ "لجان المُصالحة الوطنية" وذلك بعد قرابة عام على تهجيرهم إلى الشمال السوري، ودخولهم تهريباً إلى تركيا.
Elizabeth Tsurkov2 Syrian refugees who returned to Harasta, Damascus from Turkey, were detained by Assad regime secret police despite undergoing a "reconciliation" with the regime & obtaining documents proving this bit.ly/2UjGrDF (Ar)
وقالت مصادر خاصة من داخل هيئة الأركان لـ "صوت العاصمة" إن القوائم الجديدة التي صدرت في، 25 كانون الثاني، ضمّت أسماء أكثر من 300 ألف مطلوب، جلّهم يُطلب لأول مرة، وذلك بعد إجراء احصاء جديد للموجودين داخل سوريا وخارجها، وشطب أسماء العشرات من المتوفين...
Elizabeth TsurkovSyrian Military Police is carrying out raids across Damascus arresting men wanted for military service bit.ly/2MGzXMt The regime recently expanded the age range of those wanted for reserve duty to include those born in 1972 or later (so even 47-yos can be taken)
The Democratic Autonomous Administration presented items that will be discussed during the negotiations between the representatives of Autonomous Administration and the Syrian regime, which include several topics, the most important of which is the...
Elizabeth TsurkovThe demands of the PYD in negotiations with the Assad regime, as published by their news agency ANHA
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that he viewed a planned 20-mil...
Elizabeth TsurkovTurkey's Erdogan says planned 20-mile safe zone in Syria may be extended reut.rs/2Fx4uKO Seem that Erdogan does not trust Assad/Russia to prevent YPG presence along Turkey's border
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's reassurance tour of the region isn't going so well.
Elizabeth TsurkovDespite Bellicose U.S. rhetoric on Iran, its actions on the ground in Syria reinforce Jerusalem's belief that Israel must act on its own bit.ly/2Fw4niJ
My new piece for the @newrepublic on the latest Israeli strikes on Syria
Elizabeth Tsurkov2018 witnessed a 344% rise in Jewish extremist attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank compared to 2017. Official stats only tell part of the story - many Palestinian don't bother filing a complaint as they are usually ignored bit.ly/2FgGxaN (Heb)
يعيش أهالي بلدات المرج شرقي الغوطة حياةً أشبه بحياة الكهوف، بعد سماح ميليشيات النظام لهم بالعودة إلى قراهم المعفّشة لأول مرة منذ سيطرتها على المنطقة مطلع عام 2013، وتركها خالية من السكان. المدن
Elizabeth TsurkovWhat "reconciliation" means in Syria. ~10% of al-Marj's residents returned. Regime checkpoints are everywhere. What's missing? Running water, electricity, health facilities. Regime forces looted homes, chopped down electric poles & even stole sewer covers