Article written by Adam Entous from the Washington Post.

The first criminal case in a Western court against members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government began with a WhatsApp message.

Amal was alone in her hairdresser shop in a working-class neighborhood of Madrid when she clicked on the link. The face of her long-lost brother, Abdul, popped up on her smartphone.

Amal and her younger brother, Abdul, were inseparable growing up in an upper-class home in a village in Idlib province in northwestern Syria. Amal left Syria at the age of 19, following her fiance, a medical student, to Spain and later she became a Spanish citizen. Read full article here...


1/29/2017 Washington Post | Josh Rogin

The Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria has had a quiet but well-funded lobbying effort in Washington since well before he began murdering his own people. But that influence campaign’s clearest triumph came only this month, when it succeeded in bringing Rep Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) to Damascus and having her parrot Assad’s propaganda on her return. (Read full story here)

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Mike Lillis of The Hill covers a recent trip to Syria by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) who met and spoke with Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad. Many lawmakers are shaking their heads about this trip which was kept secret from other congressional leaders.

SETF executive director, Mouaz Moustafa, contributed to this article which you can read here.

Photo by Victoria Sarno Jordan, The Hillgabbard


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