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"Syrians are second now. Iranians are first. And the Russians are gods.”

MENAroundupMENA Roundup is a weekly publication containing insightful articles on politics in the Mid
April 26 · Issue #35 · View online

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

Key developments
  • This video of a student who accuses the Iranian Revolutionary guards of exploiting religious feelings went viral and is representative for the dynamic Iranian society. Watch it, if you haven’t done so far!
  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has congratulated Bashar al Assad on the Syrian independence day. In the cable, he said that he was counting on Syria’s involvement to ensure peace, security and human rights for all. Never has Syria been less independent. Not to mention human rights. 
  • As a response to the chemical weapons attacks on Khan Sheikoun, the US government imposed sanctions on 271 employees of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC).
  • Turkish warplanes killed dozens of Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria. The level of violence between the parties has been relatively low so far, will that change?
  • In the last weeks, Russian warplanes conducted hundreds of airstrikes, especially in the province of Idlib. The attacks included incendiary bombs, cluster munition and destroyed an underground hospital with bunker buster missiles.
  • At least 30 people have been killed by an US airstrike in the province of Deir ez-Zor. 
  • The last rebels and residents left the town of Zabadani, northwest of Damascus. Zabadani is part of the 4 Towns deal that also includes the Shiite towns of al-Fu’ah and Kafraya, north of Idlib city. Despite the truck bomb that targeted a regime convoy from the Shiite towns and killed more than 100 people, the evacuations continued.
  • Heavy fighting is going on in Hama, where pro-regime forces advance, and also in the suburbs of Damascus. 
Articles worth reading
Evacuation is America’s Moral and Strategic Imperative in Idlib
They're going for death: Syrian tells of defection from IS
FSA sees 'golden opportunity' with end of Turkey's operations in Syria
Syria Comment » Archives Revisiting the Malki Affair - By Christopher Solomon - Syria Comment
Damascus: thin sheen of normality coats menace in once-friendly city
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