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Ben Davies

Analyst & writer, formerly filming in Syria in 2013. My primary focus is on the Middle East, with an emphasis on Syria, Iraq and Iran. I also conduct research into war criminals fleeing the conflict into Europe.

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Turkish news and commentary site Haksöz Haber has translated "The Chameleons of Rojava" for a Turkish audience. The article deals with the ever-shifting loyalties and positions of the PYD during the Syrian civil war. See the translation here. For the... Continue Reading →

The Chameleons of Rojava

The recent exploitation of the collapse of the rebel front line in Aleppo by the PYD's armed wing (YPG) and its allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces took some observers by surprise. Having been praised by many (including Syrian revolution supporters) for... Continue Reading →

No, Syria’s Rebels Do Not Sympathise With Da’esh

The Centre on Religion and Geopolitics recently published a report in which it claimed that 60% of anti-regime fighters in Syria sympathise with Da'esh. The report claimed that 15 militias (containing 65,000 fighters) would "fill the gap" if the Assad regime was... Continue Reading →

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