Sam Heller

middle east

US-Backed Rebels Struggle to Fend Off Islamic State Offensive in Northern Syria

Islamic State militants have taken territory from US and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels in an ongoing offensive, and now threaten a key rebel supply line from the Turkish border.
Sam Heller
5.29.16
russia

Syrian Fighters Say the Ceasefire Is Getting Shakier and Shakier

Diplomats and Syrian factions say the ceasefire will not collapse as long as the US and Russia support it, but the fighting is actually intensifying in some places.
Sam Heller
4.9.16
middle east

The Syrian Ceasefire Is Held Together by an Unlikely Group of Frenemies — and WhatsApp

Syria's ceasefire is shaky, but, for the most part, holding, thanks to an international effort that has been more successful than anyone ever thought possible.
Sam Heller
3.16.16
middle east

A Ceasefire Is Beginning in Syria — Except Where It Won't

At midnight Saturday, a truce brokered by the US and Russia goes into effect, but not in areas where "terrorists" are. And we don't know who gets to call whom a terrorist.
Sam Heller
2.26.16
middle east

The Battle for Aleppo Shows That US Strategy in Syria Is in Tatters

The newest allies of the US are battling the old ones, Russia keeps bombing, the regime's army advances, and the Islamic State sits back while its enemies kill one another.
Sam Heller
2.16.16
middle east

The Syrian Regime Is Close to a Victory That Could Turn the War

With the decisive help of relentless bombing from the Russian air force, the army of Bashar al-Assad may soon choke off a key supply route for rebels in Aleppo, Syria's biggest city.
Sam Heller
2.4.16
middle east

Syria Peace Talks in Geneva Get Suspended Before Even Really Beginning

The UN envoy for Syria called a halt to the negotiations after days of trying to get the Assad regime and the opposition to agree on what they wanted to discuss in the first place.
Sam Heller
2.3.16
war and conflict

Faced With A Russian Onslaught, Syrian Rebels Are Calling for Help From All Muslims

Syrian rebel brigades and religious scholars have issued calls for all able-bodied Muslim men to join the fight against the Assad regime and its allies.
Sam Heller
1.23.16
middle east

How Assad Is Using Sieges and Hunger to Grab More of the 'Useful Syria'

With Russia and Iran's help, the regime is laying siege to key towns in the areas where most of the Syrian people and economy are. That's good for Assad, and bad for the rebels.
Sam Heller
1.14.16
middle east

Turkey Is Betting on Aleppo Rebels to Get Islamic State Out of Border Area

Turkey is outsourcing the job of pushing back the Islamic State to rebels based in Syria's east. And, according to those rebels, it's an approach that's beginning to work.
Sam Heller
12.22.15
war and conflict

Syrian Rebels Took One Very Small Step Closer to Negotiating an End to the War

The Syrian opposition came together for a conference in Saudi Arabia this week — but the pullout of a key player means real peace talks aren't happening just yet.
Sam Heller
12.12.15
middle east

Syria's Newest Rebel Army Has Its Sights on the Islamic State

The New Syrian Army has American weapons, support from coalition airstrikes, and a deep-seated hatred for IS. But it's still too small to try and liberate the key province of Deir al-Zour.
Sam Heller
11.30.15