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A Victory With a Bitter Taste

MENAroundupMENA Roundup is a weekly publication containing insightful articles on politics in the Mid
November 8 · Issue #63 · View online
MENA Roundup is a weekly publication containing insightful articles on politics in the Middle East, focussing on Syria and Iraq.

  • Iran’s leadership has once more stated that it intends to support a regime offensive on SDF-held Raqqa.
  • Fairly quick, pro-regime forces have fully recaptured the city of Deir ez-Zor. Another city lies in ruins, many lost their lives and the individual traumatizations will haunt the society for years. The Islamic State militants did not resist like they could have. Instead, most of them have gone underground. A car bomb attack that killed at least 70 civilians in SDF-controlled territory gives a hint of what the future holds.
  • The jihadist’s last retreats are around the cities of al-Bukamal and al-Qaim on the Iraqi side of the border. Iranian-led units are advancing from both sides.
  • Pro-regime forces have seized territory in northern Hama from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. HTS meanwhile counter-attacked on other fronts.
  • The humanitarian situation in East Ghouta remains catastrophic. The White Helmets have released a new call for action addressed to the United Nations, demanding the delivery of aid.
  • Russia’s initiative to establish a congress that would work on a new Syrian constitution has come to a halt for now. The first meetings have been postponed, apparently due to Turkey’s opposition to the PYD’s participation. 
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