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Resentments Against Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

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August 16 · Issue #51 · View online

MENA Roundup is a weekly publication containing insightful articles on politics in the Middle East, focussing on Syria and Iraq.

Key developments
  • The Islamic State is still capable of conducting counterattacks and raids along the front lines in Hama, but the noose is tightening. After pro-Assad forces cleared the al-Sukhna area, IS militants soon won’t be able to control territory in central Syria any more. This means that they have to retreat, go underground or fight to the very end. 
  • According to Israeli reports, the Iranians are building a ballistic missile factory in Syria. 
  • Pro-Assad forces again tried to break through the front lines of rebels in Jobar and Ein Tarma but failed. Considering the amount of airstrikes and artillery fire that targeted the area within the last weeks, it is surprising that anyone survived.
  • According to a statement by the UN, up to 50.000 civilians are stranded in a desert area near the border with Jordan. Jordan authorities closed the border in mid 2016 after Islamic State militants attacked some Jordanian forces. 
  • Despite the Russian-backed truces in northern Homs, pro-regime shelling of residential areas continues.
  • Pro-regime forces also advanced in Syria’s southwest, capturing rebel-held parts of Syria’s border with Jordan.
  • The SDF’s assault on Raqqa proceeds as expected: IS militants withdrew to the city’s centre and rely on occasional counterattacks, IEDs and sniper fire. It could take another 2-3 months to take the city, a YPG commander said.
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Blaming the Victims
A Deadly Delusion: Were Syria’s Rebels Ever Going to Defeat the Jihadists?
Raqqa’s Water War
Rifts Are Mounting Over Opposition Discord Toward Assad's Future
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