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This subreddit is dedicated to news, analysis and discussion on the conflicts in Syria and Iraq along with the regional and global ramifications.

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This subreddit is dedicated to the current conflicts ongoing in Syria and Iraq, along with their regional and global ramifications.

Due to the sensitivity of the topic, every and especially new users are strongly encouraged to read the rules and inform themselves of the conflict more generally before posting. The moderators enforce the relatively strict rules and it is strongly encouraged to put thought into one's activity on this subreddit. It is expected that user put back their individual bias as much as possible and respect other users no matter what background they're from.

We especially encourage critical and substantive on-topic discussion, as long as it is done in a civil and respectful manner to any other user of the community. This forum is especially useful for bringing in new perspectives to new users and provide new specific and circumstancial information.

If there are questions, please contact the moderators via modmail or ask in the Dumb Question tuesday threads. Other information can be found in our wiki.

SyrianCivilWar Rules

  • The rules are relatively strict and should be followed as close as possible. Warnings are enforced by the moderators and depend on the context and a user's history; a similar offense may thus be met with very different responses based on the user that made it. Punishments will generally follow this scheme: 1. Warning -> 2. Warning -> 3. Warning and 3 day ban -> 4. Warning -> 5. Warning -> 6. 7 day ban and last warning -> 7. Permaban or longer ban. Mods will try to always give valid reason and reference to the rule that is being broken, but please keep in mind they are humans and make mistakes too.

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  • 1) Civility. Comments must be civil and respectful of other users. Ad hominem attacks, insults, flair-attacks, slander, etc. are impermissible. Do not ridicule opinions, personas, stances, or questions.

  • 2) Editorialization. The editorializing of titles to conform with these rules (especially tweets) is heavily encouraged. Inflammatory and biased wording is not allowed (incl: "liberate", "terrorist", "hero"). Post/submission titles should thus be as informative and objective as possible. Exceptions can be made for clearly marked quotes from individuals.

  • 3) Racism. Any sort of racism or derogatory group-generalisation is not allowed.

  • 4) Baiting. Intentionally provocative or baiting comments targeting a particular user or the user-base are not allowed. This includes accusatory and inflammatory wording on comment (like: “butthurt” and “Are you serious?”).

  • 5) Sarcasm and Cheerposting. Light and friendly sarcasm is allowed. Excessive or mean-spirited sarcasm or snarkiness is not. Simple cheerposting, be it positive or negative, is not allowed. This includes insulting, judging or cheering for any side (RIP posts are allowed), player, or individual in the war.

  • 6) Relevance and Derailing. Any sort of derailing from the Syrian Civil War or issues directly related to it is not allowed. This includes the inner Turkey-PKK conflict, inner-US politics (“deep state”, the pro-Israel lobby). Exceptions will frequently be made for specific events.

  • 7) Terminology. Groups/factions/individuals have to be called as they'd call themselves. See clarification here. There will be no punishment for breaking only this rule.

  • 8) Trivializing violence. Dehumanising, death-wishing, and posts disrespecting the dead are not allowed. This includes joking or snarky comments and blame-trading.

  • 9) Non-Substantive Comments. Low-quality comments that contribute nothing to the conversation are heavily discouraged and will be removed. Borderline shitposting, strange formatting, memes and jokes, talking/whining about votes and brigades is not allowed unless specifically allowed.

  • 10) Recruitment. Any form of recruitment material concerning any party in the conflict is forbidden. A list of reputable charities can be found in the wiki.

  • 11) AMA Any sort of AMA should be coordinated with the mods beforehand. Do this by sending a modmail.

  • 12) Media Personalities. This subreddit is about the Syrian Civil War and the involved actors, which includes twitter users and commentators. Discussion and posts regarding their reporting on the war or anything that could influence their bias is allowed; anything about other social media activity or their private life is not.

  • 13) Timeliness. This subreddit is for discussion of current up-to-date events. Refrain from posting old articles dealing with past issues even if it wasn’t posted back then when it was relevant. Articles dealing with older events but with newly emerged evidence or relevant facts are allowed.

  • 14) Mod actions Accounts of inflammatory and baiting user names and suspected alt accounts may be banned on sight by moderators.


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Security In Iraq June 8-14, 2014


There's a new security report for the 2nd week of June in Iraq. If interested please check out musingsoniraq.blogspot

19:34 UTC


How did a "sectarian regional conflict" bring up such a global superpowers/ideologies ?

like ,

i'm from a norther African country who contributed with about 4k militants into a fight zone between [islamaists , secularists , Kurds , Sunna , Shia , Syrian and Iraqi tribes ....]

what the hell happened back there ?
was it specific to Syria or its just like that in any part of the ME ?

12:52 UTC


CNN gets rare access into prison holding suspected ISIS fighters

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13:30 UTC


هل يوجد اي شخص هنا يعلم أين من الممكن ايجاد هذا الكتاب؟

05:28 UTC


Why hasn't Iraq beaten Peshmerga or Syria beaten SDF yet?

I am assuming both sides are still heavily backed by the US? So if they were to attack the Kurds, US would respond with force?

22:33 UTC


Rant about the war:

I have to be honest. As a Syrian expat in the EU, I should be the last person to moan about how the war changed my life. Maybe it's the bad day I had at work, or maybe it's just a quagmire of emotions and disappointments that has been growing over the years. I have to admit to myself and others that I was wrong. The war was a mistake. The lives wasted and people who ended up either dead or dead inside have led to nothing. In the next few years, relations with Assad and his puppets will normalize and over a decade of war will have been for nothing. We gambled high and lost. This feeling of injustice and loss of hope kills me every day. If he had lost the war, at least all the people who died, left or disappeared would have found meaning in their suffering, but no. I wish I could go back in time and sell my principles. I wish I had sided with those who sold theirs. But no, because in the real world, I and the better half of my sweet Syria took the wrong path, overestimated the geopolitics of the whole thing and ended up paying a high price. Nothing in the world can make up for what happened to my fellow Syrians. Syria is lost, at least for the rest of our time, and so are we.

19:56 UTC


Looking to find media archives

I was unable to follow the events of the Syrian Civil War from roughly 2014-2019, the time of the US-backed coalition’s fight for IS-controlled territory, and so am now going back to learn more about the conflict.

Since those years, media from both the Islamic State and other parties involved has continued to be released, making it difficult to go back and sort through it.

As I understand it, many of the Twitter accounts and Telegram channels, as well as other forums, which posted IS media in particular have been shut down, making it even more difficult to find.

I was hoping someone could tell me if there are archive websites or old forums which I could use to better understand the timeline of events.

For instance, media from both IS and Syrian forces can be found on the internet from the 2017 Battle of Raqqa, however it is difficult to piece together a cohesive timeline of the battle, as many are reposts and without context. Are images and videos like these catalogued anywhere?

Sorry for the long-winded question.

16:01 UTC


Reinforcments in the desert

What's up with the massive reinforcements in Palmyra and such in the desert? what are they planning?

14:19 UTC

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