Author: THE SYRIAN OBSERVER

The Syrian Observer is a daily digital news media outlet from Syria covering local political news in Syria, regional Middle East news as well as international breaking news.

The latest news roundup delves into the evolving foreign policy dynamics of Syria and Turkey. Human Rights Watch condemns Syria for mass asset freezes in Zakia, labeling them as violating property rights and collective punishment. Concurrently, Foreign Policy reports on a new uprising in Syria challenging President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in regions like Daraa and Suweida. Turkey, on the other hand, is shifting its Syria policy towards normalization, seeking to restore relations with Assad amid complex obstacles and conditions set by the Syrian leader. Mass Unlawful Asset Freezes Affect Hundreds in Zakia Human Rights Watch published a report uncovering Syria’s…

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Former Syrian Military Official Accused of Torture Arrested in Los Angeles A former Syrian military official accused of torture and killing political dissidents was arrested in Los Angeles before his scheduled flight to Beirut. Samir Ousman al-Sheikh, 72, faces charges of attempted naturalization fraud for seeking U.S. citizenship. The case is ongoing, with investigators considering additional charges. Al-Sheikh, who ran Syria’s notorious Adra prison, is accused of overseeing the mistreatment and torture of former detainees. The arrest comes amid a rise in Islamic State attacks in Syria and Iraq, with the group attempting to reconstitute following a period of decreased…

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Syria continues to be at the center of critical developments, showcasing the complex dynamics and challenges present in the region. From Syrian fighters turning to mercenary work in Africa to the US military reinforcing Kurdish-controlled areas, and initiatives like outdoor cinemas in Raqqa aimed at healing cultural scars left by Daesh, the situation remains intricate. Luna al-Shibl’s death in Assad’s regime raises questions about internal power struggles and the controversial role of the EU in deporting Syrian refugees back to Assad-controlled territories. These events underscore the political, military, and humanitarian complexities in the region. Mercenary Recruitment in Africa Desperate Syrian…

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Syrian commercial flights to Saudi Arabia resumed after a decade, showcasing a thaw in relations between the countries. Meanwhile, Israel attacked Syrian army infrastructure in the Golan Heights, violating agreements. Turkey plans a security corridor against PKK in Iraq and Syria, intensifying counterterrorism efforts. Germany opposes holding elections in Syria to prevent division entrenchment, and Syria’s President Assad agreed to meet with Turkey’s opposition leader. Lastly, Lebanon faces challenges due to 1.5 million Syrian refugees, requiring international aid for economic and social stability. Key highlights: Resumption of commercial flights between Syria and Saudi Arabia Israel’s attack on Syrian army infrastructure…

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Syrian City Residents Protest, Abu al-Zandeen Crossing Reopens, and Syrian Legislative Elections Loom Residents of Azaz in Syria protested against the Syrian National Coalition for failing to protect Syrian refugees in Turkey, demanding its dissolution. Concerns were raised about Turkey’s potential use of refugees for political gains. The Abu al-Zandeen crossing, connecting areas controlled by the Syrian National Army and Syrian regime, reopened, sparking debates about its political vs. economic benefits and implications on Syrian-Turkish relations. Ilham Ehmed called for a comprehensive solution to Syria’s conflict, emphasizing the importance of considering the entire country. Turkish mercenaries from the Syrian National…

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In the wake of the tragic death of Luna Al-Shibl, the esteemed media advisor to the Syrian Presidential Palace, questions and suspicions abound regarding the circumstances surrounding her demise. The official narrative attributes her passing to a car accident near Damascus, but inconsistencies in the regime’s account have raised doubts, leading many to speculate that Al-Shibl’s death was, in fact, an orchestrated assassination by the Assad regime. The history of the Assad regime’s brutal suppression of dissent and its track record of eliminating adversaries through calculated means only serve to fuel skepticism. The legacy of political assassinations, from prominent figures…

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German and Swedish authorities have made an unprecedented move by arresting eight men suspected of committing crimes against humanity in Syria, as reported by DW. The arrests include four stateless Syrian Palestinians and a Syrian national accused of killing and attempting to kill civilians, qualifying as crimes against humanity and war crimes. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the arrests in Germany included individuals affiliated with the Free Palestine Movement, while Swedish authorities also apprehended three individuals involved in alleged crimes against humanity. Additionally, tensions in Syria have further escalated due to its involvement in the regional conflict, particularly as a…

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The Syrian political landscape has seen significant developments in the last 24 hours, from France’s top court reviewing an arrest warrant for President Bashar al-Assad to escalating anti-Syrian riots in Turkey driven by social media frenzy. This blog also covers Turkey’s response to the riots, a lawsuit against Iran, Syria, and North Korea for supporting Hamas, and the touching story of Ruba, an 11-year-old Syrian refugee highlighting the critical need for mental health support in conflict zones. Join us as we explore these impactful issues affecting Syria and its people. France’s Highest Court to Review Arrest Warrant for Assad France’s…

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Over the weekend, international media focused on significant developments in Syria, including Turkish President Erdogan’s potential meeting with Syrian President Assad to restore ties, an Israeli airstrike near a Shi’ite shrine in Damascus, human rights concerns over Turkey’s deportation of Syrian refugees, the Kurdish Autonomous Administration closing crossings with Syrian government-controlled areas, and commemorations of the 44th anniversary of the Tadmur prison massacre, highlighting the ongoing quest for justice and human rights in Syria. Turkey’s Erdogan Considers Meeting Assad to Restore Relations President Erdogan hinted at a possible meeting with President Assad to mend bilateral relations that deteriorated after the…

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Syria Plans Demobilization of Tens of Thousands of Reservists AFP reported that Syria intends to demobilize tens of thousands of reservists starting next month, according to a defense ministry official. The move comes as the civil war in the country has gradually diminished in recent years. Major General Ahmed Sleiman stated that the demobilization process will occur in three phases, with the goal of reducing reserve service to a maximum of two years by October 2025. The decision aims to create a more advanced army based on voluntary enlistment, providing discharge options for those who have completed five years of…

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