Author: ENAB BALADI

ENAB BALADI is a Syrian nonprofit media organization founded in 2011 in Daraya, Damascus. Enab Baladi is considered an opposition news media in Syria due to its leaning and opposition of the Assad regime. It mainly covers local news from Syria, Middle East news, and world news making headlines.

In the midst of growing threats to the Autonomous-Administration project, the Democratic Syria Council (SDC) reached out to the opposition for dialogue under the “Syrian National Project.” Despite expressing readiness for discussions, the opposition did not respond, leaving the situation uncertain. The SDF’s willingness to engage in dialogue with various national forces was highlighted, especially in light of recent developments between Turkey and the regime. However, the SDF’s approach shifted as these new dynamics emerged, prompting questions about the true intentions behind their proposals. While attempts to clarify the SDF’s stance with regards to dialogue remained unanswered, it is evident…

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent comments about potentially meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have stirred up controversy among Syrian figures. Erdogan expressed his intention to improve relations with Syria, which has sparked criticism from various active and legal figures in the Syrian conflict. Demonstrations against the potential opening of the Abu al-Zindeen crossing, linking regime and opposition-controlled areas, saw protesters chanting anti-Erdogan slogans. Meanwhile, citizens in Azaz and Atmeh also held protests rejecting any collaboration between the opposition and the regime. Former coalition head Moaz al-Khatib questioned the accountability of those responsible for the suffering of the Syrian…

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The Ministry of Defense of the Syrian Interim Government recently announced the merger of several formations within the National Army to create the Renaissance and Liberation Movement. This new entity combines the Samarkand Brigade, Brigade 112, and Glory Corps into the 36th and 37th Divisions under the Third Corps. Despite rumors of a Syrian Liberation Army consolidation, Ahrar al-Sharqiya Division’s Ziad Khalaf refuted these claims, stating no changes have occurred within the Liberation and Building Movement. The exact number of fighters within the National Army remains uncertain, with estimates ranging from 50,000 to 70,000. The National Army continues to see…

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In a recent escalation of tensions, militia groups from the National Defense launched attacks on military positions held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) along the Euphrates River in Deir-ez-Zor. The SDF retaliated against the sources of fire, resulting in clashes with casualties reported. A member of the National Defense was killed by SDF snipers, prompting increased tensions in the region. The SDF deployed snipers along the Euphrates River to prevent smuggling activities, leading to direct engagements with the National Defense forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported violent clashes involving machine guns and RPG shells, highlighting the escalating…

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Recently, Israeli airstrikes targeted military installations in southern Syria, resulting in the death of an officer and material damage, as confirmed by the Syrian Ministry of Defense. The attacks specifically focused on a military compound in Daraa associated with the 112th Brigade. Israel’s intensified military operations in Syria have been escalating since May, with covert strikes targeting weapons facilities, supply routes, and Iranian-linked commanders. The goal appears to be preemptively diminishing Hezbollah’s capabilities, as demonstrated by the recent killing of Iranian official Saeed Abyar in a targeted strike near Aleppo. Reports indicate Israel is also targeting Syrian air defense systems…

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The U.S. State Department, the European Union, and Western officials have reaffirmed sanctions on the Syrian regime and refusal to normalize relations without a shift in approach. The UN envoy supports Geneva as the venue for meetings of the Constitutional Committee. The Syrian Negotiation Commission urges the Security Council to address obstacles to political transition and rejects regime elections. The Commission emphasizes voluntary refugee repatriation, donor country commitments, and meeting Syrian humanitarian needs. Western officials like Ethan Goldrich and Alessio Cappellani pledge support for Syrian aspirations, continued sanctions, and opposition to normalization with the regime. UN envoy Geir Pedersen stresses…

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Latest reports from the Russian Defense Ministry reveal that airstrikes were conducted on a base housing “terrorists” in the U.S.-controlled Tanf area of Homs, Syria. This marks the second such incident after a previous strike on June 1st. The Tanf base, established by the U.S. on the Syria-Jordan-Iraq border, is home to the Free Syrian Army, with no reported casualties within the base. Russia’s recent actions have targeted militants who have exited Tanf, contradicting previous claims. Despite these airstrikes, there has been no response from the U.S. or the factions within Tanf. This development raises concerns over the ongoing conflict…

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The Assistant Governor of the Central Bank of Syria, Maha Abdel Rahman, revealed that Syria’s inflation rate surged to 122% annually in April. This alarming increase is attributed to international factors like Western sanctions and smuggling, as well as domestic issues such as reduced production capacity and deficit financing. Despite the high inflation rate, Abdel Rahman stated that Syria has not reached a state of “runaway” inflation. In August 2020, the Central Bank stopped regularly publishing official reports on inflation, deviating from global norms. A report in August 2023 ranked Syria third globally in inflation at 238% annually, trailing behind…

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Recent meetings between Syrian and Iraqi officials focused on joint cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism, as the Syrian regime made security movements in the Badia region. Discussions covered counter-terrorism efforts, economic collaboration, and political coordination. The Iraqi president praised the cooperation and emphasized Iraq’s commitment to security in Syria. Additionally, Syrian and Iraqi interior ministers formalized a memorandum of joint security cooperation. The growing convergence between Syria and Iraq is linked to Iranian influence in the region, amidst tensions between Iran and the U.S. The regime seeks to position itself as a partner in counter-terrorism efforts, utilizing Iranian militias. The…

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The Syrian Islamic Council strongly condemned the recent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators in Idlib, denouncing the violent dismantling of their sit-in tent and suppression of their voices by security forces. Drawing parallels to early repressive measures, the council emphasized the need to break free from tyranny and uphold the protesters’ rights in shaping the region’s future. Calling for unity among scholars and activists, it demanded the release of detainees and an end to torture. The assault sparked widespread condemnation, including from media, religious leaders, and military figures. Two specific accounts of assault involved Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham members dispersing protesters with…

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