Authorities in northeast Syria struggle to impose Kurdish curriculum

The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria has been sanctioning private schools and institutes in its areas of control in northeast Syria and arresting teachers for not following the Kurdish curriculum in their educational systems.

Mohammed Hardan | Education | Feb 25, 2021
al-monitor A Kurdish girl reads a book at a library in Kurdish-majority Qamishli, northeast Syria, Jan. 11, 2017. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images.

Erbil court convicts journalists, activists of spying, organizing armed groups

Five defendants, including journalists and activists, were sentenced to prison in Erbil in a decision that international rights groups say is an attack on press freedoms.

Al-Monitor Staff | Kurds | Feb 23, 2021

Militia attacks on US forces in Erbil challenges Iraqi government

A rocket attack on a US base in northern Iraq is putting pressure on the Iraqi government and challenging the Biden administration's policy in Iraq.

Hassan Ali Ahmed | Kurds | Feb 16, 2021

57 nations hit for failure to repatriate women, children from Syrian camps

UN human rights experts are pressing Great Britain, France, Iran, Russia, Turkey, the United States and 51 other countries to repatriate nearly 10,000 of their citizens associated with the Islamic State.

Al-Monitor Staff | Human rights | Feb 11, 2021

Intel: US unsatisfied with Turkey's response to Syria rights abuses

The US government continues to raise reports of human rights abuses in Syria with Turkey, according to a new watchdog report.

Elizabeth Hagedorn | Syria Conflict | Feb 9, 2021