Stabalizing Iraq and Syria

After years of war, it appears that Iraq and Syria are gradually stabilizing. The government forces supported by the US and Russia respectively are restoring their control over the two countries, and the self-proclaimed Islamic State has lost virtually all of its territory. Yet, this may just be an ephemeral peace. The social and economic […]

The 1982 Hama Massacre – 36 Year On – Like Father, Like Son

February 2018, marks 36 years since the infamous Hama massacre of 1982 by the regime of President Hafez al-Assad, father of the current Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. Like father, like son, both have committed grave crimes that has torn the lives of millions of Syrians. During that bloody month nearly 30 years ago, Syrian Muslim […]

Assad appears on Syrian currency for first time

Read original article by Tom Perry and Mark Potter on the Reuters or read below; President Bashar al-Assad has appeared on the Syrian currency for the first time, his portrait printed on a new 2,000-pound banknote that went into circulation on Sunday. Central bank governor Duraid Durgham said the 2,000-pound note was one of several new […]

Syria’s Ancient History in Pictures

The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, shown here in the ’20s, is one of Syria’s most famous ancient sites. A man prays above the ancient city of Damascus People shop in the market of the Al-Hamidiyah Souq in Damascus, the country’s largest. Shoppers chat under straw brooms and reed baskets at a bazaar in Damascus. A […]

Mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria

“Saydnaya is the end of life – the end of humanity.” (Abu Muhammed, former guard at Saydnaya) In a press briefing Monday 15th May, acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones — a career foreign service officer who’s served as ambassador to Iraq and Jordan — presented newly declassified satellite evidence […]