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Absi Smeisem


In-depth: Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham currently controls swathes of northwest Syria, with the extremist group imposing their hardline doctrine on all aspects of life for the four million Syrians who live there.

09 July, 2021

Living conditions for refugees escaping Aleppo following an ongoing Russian-backed regime offensive has been described as "disastrous"

14 February, 2016

After the announcement in Vienna of a transitional plan for the Syrian conflict, Syrian opposition groups are scrambling to ensure they remain relevant and influential.

19 November, 2015

Supported by Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Syrian opposition, Russia is considering an alternative to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa.

11 August, 2015

Syrian opposition groups took al-Thula airport in Suweida on Thursday, continuing their advances in southern Syria.

11 June, 2015

Head of the exiled opposition group calls on the international community to stop terrorist forces taking hold in Syria.

02 June, 2015

Politics: Villagers are creating their own forces as the Syrian army suffers defeats and is unable to counter the Islamic State group, writes Absi Smeisem.

27 May, 2015

Feature: When the Islamic State group captured the ancient Syrian city, they butchered the remaining soldiers. Only troops who were informed about a retreat survived, reports Absi Smeisem.

26 May, 2015

Amid signs that the Syrian regime is disintegrating, members of the Assad family have been in contact with Western parties seeking safeguards should the regime suddenly collapse.

25 May, 2015

Analysis: The internationally recognised Syrian National Coalition pulls out of talks, casting doubt on whether anything can be achieved.

20 May, 2015