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Syria Deeply: High-Octane Diplomacy, Big Shifts on the Ground

9/22/13 8:37 PM

This Week in Syria, Deeply

Dear Deeply Readers, The diplomatic moves around Syria last week were preparation for the debate on Syria this week, as the U.N. General Assembly convenes in New York. Over Russian objections, the U.S. is pushing a strong U.N. Security Council measure that would enforce a chemical weapons deal with President Bashar al-Assad (the agreement that would have him hand over the regime’s chemical weapons stockpile in exchange for avoiding a U.S. military strike). This weekend Assad fulfilled the first step in the framework, handing over a list of chemical assets. But the U.S. and its allies want to ensure he’ll follow through, and face consequences if he cheats or falters in delivering on the deal. While diplomats convene at the General Assembly, the Syrian National Coalition, the opposition organization in exile, will be holding meetings on the sidelines. The hoped-for long shot is that we’ll see a breakthrough in planning a new round of peace talks, known as Geneva II, which would restart a political track for ending Syria’s war. While global diplomacy inched forward, conditions on the ground shifted dramatically. In the northern border town of Azaz we saw the gulf between rebel groups widen, separating al -Qaida-linked rebels (who push an extreme Islamist ideology) from the moderate, U.S.backed brigades of the Free Syrian Army. In the same week, in the town of Raqqa, we saw a deepening rivalry between the alQaida-linked groups themselves. Jabhat al Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), both considered terrorist groups by the U.S., are competing for power in areas free of Assad regime rule. In Raqqa, moderates told Syria Deeply they’ve chosen to align with al -Nusra to protect themselves from ISIS. Civilians in Raqqa are caught in the middle, unhappy with any al-Qaida influence and afraid to speak out against their new extremist overlords. What’s the fallout for the average Syrian citizen? Among other things, ongoing power cuts,

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Syria Deeply: High-Octane Diplomacy, Big Shifts on the Ground

9/22/13 8:37 PM

a women’s health crisis, and a surge of children fleeing Syria alone – amid an escalating rise of child labor among refugees.

Highlights from Syria Deeply: Raqqa’s FSA Brigades Join Jabhat al-Nusra Syria ER: Pregnant in War, A Growing Women’s Health Crisis How Art Is Helping Children in One Syrian Refugee Camp Burning Books for Firewood: Three Generations of Hasakeh Women An Isolated Life in “The Island” District of Homs On the Ground, Aid Workers Face Kidnapping and Stolen Food Baskets Social Media Buzz: Frustration with Global Inaction Syria Deeply Asks: What Are the Implications of the U.N. Report? In Homs, A Systematic Destruction of Schools In Darayya, Residents Build a Life Beyond Assad School Year Begins in Rebel-Held Aleppo We featured a range of stories on our Syria Deeply podcast. And as always, to help you review, here’s our day-to-day roundup of Syria headlines last week: Monday: Chemical Weapons Deal Seen as Victory for Assad; UN Inspectors' Report Due Today; Syrian Healthcare at ‘Breaking Point’ Tuesday: U.N Confirms Chemical Attack, Rebels Demand Response; US, Allies Push for UN Measure; Islamists Execute Alawites Wednesday: Syria Debate Moves to Security Council; Russia Dismisses Allegations Against Assad; Car Bomb Hits Turkish-Syrian Border Thursday: Assad Speaks to Fox News, Blames Civil War on Al Qaeda; US Backs Off First Chemical Arms Deadline; Rebels Clash on Turkey Border Friday: Regime Hints at Ceasefire; Major Powers at Odds Over CW Plan; Ahead of UNGA, Advancing Diplomacy with Syria and Iran Reads from the Week: Economist: Syria’s War, An Unlikely Band of Brothers New York Times: Syria Meets First Test of Accord on Weapons Reuters: Fragmented Opposition, Syrian Government Hamper Aid

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NPR: Syria Agreement Makes for Unstable Alliance Washington Post: The Heroes Inside Syria CNN: Russia on Syria: No More Nyet? LA Times: Syria’s Pro-Government Militias a Major Boost for Assad’s Army We hope our work has helped to better engage and inform you on a critical issue. We’re fielding your feedback on how to better serve you and the story, via email at info@syriadeeply.org Sincerely, The News Deeply Team

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