Syria

Pressure on the PKK

Summary: in a major concession to Turkish demands, Iraq announced on 14 March it had banned the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The move came as Turkish President Erdoğan threatens a major military offensive this summer in the Kurdistan Region. The developments will put intense pressure on PKK fighters, but neither move is likely to prove decisive in defeating them.

Chain of command

Summary: the publication of a report by the Commission for International Justice and Accountability establishes beyond doubt the culpability of Bashar Assad in perpetrating crimes against humanity against the Syrian people.

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