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October 4 · Issue #58 · View online
MENA Roundup is a weekly publication containing insightful articles on politics in the Middle East, focussing on Syria and Iraq.

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Key developments
  • Human Rights Watch has documented Iran’s recruitment of Afghan teenagers for the battlefields in Syria. Most Afghans in Syria fight in the ranks of Liwa Fatemiyoun, a militia trained and funded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. Many reports have already covered the marginalized role of the Afghan Hazara community in Iran, suggesting the Iranians would force desperate young men into service. However, such carrot and stick approaches are complemented with an important ideological component: A significant share of Liwa Fatemiyoun appears to be highly motivated/indoctrinated. 
  • The Islamic State has launched a surprising offensive, taking territory south of Deir ez-Zor city. The jihadists also pushed west towards the town of Sukhna in Homs and seized some gas fields. Simultaneously, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for steadfastness in a fresh audio message. The offensive illustrates both the SAA’s limited capacities and the deep Russian involvement on the ground: The Russian general who was killed last week served as the commander of Syria’s Fifth Corps.
  • The Syrian Democratic Forces advanced east of the Euphrates and seized some important Oil fields.
  • Abu Mohammed al-Jolani is now officially Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s general leader. The former Ahrar al-Sham figure Abu Jaber resigned. The change of leadership comes amid internal unrest and defections after Jabhat Fatah al-Sham’s unity project has failed. 

Articles worth reading
Why is an Islamic State affiliate quietly ruling unchallenged in a corner of Syria’s south?
Deir Azzour Tribal Mapping Project
Will the U.S. Abandon the Kurds of Syria Once ISIS is Destroyed?
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