First confirmed COVID-19 case detected in northwest Syria

The first case of the coronavirus in Idlib follows a veto at the UN Security Council today of a resolution that would have allowed aid to reach the embattled area via Turkey.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Jul 10, 2020
al-monitor Syrian protesters in the city of Idlib carry placards on July 10, 2020, expressing their opposition to Syrian regime ally Russia's attempt to reduce cross-border aid to millions in the northwest of the war-torn country, as they wear protective masks and maintain social distancing due to the first case of the coronavirus recorded a day earlier. Photo by Photo by ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP via Getty Images.

Is Hayat Tahrir al-Sham doing Turkey’s job in Idlib?

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the rebel group dominating Idlib, is turning up pressure on radical jihadis, facing accusations of acting at the behest of Turkey.

Fehim Tastekin | Idlib | Jun 28, 2020

British charity worker detained by HTS in Idlib

Tauqir Sharif was kidnapped by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on Monday, according to a statement from his aid organization in northwest Syria.

Al-Monitor Staff | Idlib | Jun 23, 2020

US kills two al-Qaeda affiliates in northwest Syria

A US drone struck a vehicle carrying two senior commanders of Huras al-Din, one a Jordanian leader and the other a Yemeni leader of the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group.

Jared Szuba | Syria Conflict | Jun 15, 2020

The not-so-sacred profit bonanza of Syria's jihadi groups

Economic gains have been at the core of clashes between rebel groups in Syria’s Idlib and Turkish-controlled regions that Syrian rebels describe as “liberated” areas.

Fehim Tastekin | Idlib | May 15, 2020