Syria Notes, Autumn 2018

Idlib pocket: Holding on to the revolution in Syria’s northwest

Idlib has become the stage for a contest to preserve Syria’s revolution. Several weeks of Friday demonstrations across the Idlib pocket have presented a revival of civil activism. But as this popular revival faces threats both from Assad and his international allies, and from jihadist armed groups, once again, Syrians’ fate rests on decisions taken in foreign capitals.

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Cover photograph: ‘No matter how many of us you kill, Bashar, we will go on,’ said Syrian-American activist Rania Kisar in a video message from a demonstration in Ma’arat al-Nu’man, Idlib, 14 September 2018.

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