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Managing Syria’s Loyalist Militias

Managing Syria’s Loyalist Militias

Now that the conflict in Syria is winding down, the Syrian government is looking to bring the numerous loyalist militias under state control – with some difficulty, writes Mona Alami   The drawing down of the conflict in Syria has left the regime of President Bashar al Assad stronger in areas under its control, allowing...

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Raqqa: The Islamic State’s One-time Capital Continues to Suffer

Raqqa: The Islamic State’s One-time Capital Continues to Suffer

The murder of a prominent Arab tribal figure in Raqqa is the latest indication that the city – which was the self-declared capital of the ISIS caliphate until October last year – remains mired in Arab-Kurdish rivalry and exploited by a host of domestic and foreign interests, writes Mona Alami following a recent trip she...