Al-Qamishli was founded in the 1920s by Assyrian peoples escaping a genocide inflicted upon them by the Ottoman Empire. Today, it is home to a large Kurdish minority, which is partly why the self-declared Kurdish autonomous region Rojava has made it their capital, taking advantage of the instability resulting from Syria's ongoing civil war. Parts of the city, including the airport, are still controlled by the central government. This uneasy coexistence has faltered several times in recent years, resulting in deadly skirmishes.
As of 2018, the border with Turkey is closed, and all other land routes remain extremely dangerous.
- The Farouk Mosque
- Camiya Qasimo Mosque
- St. George's Church
- School of Nisibis (ruins)
The University of Rojava is here, but due to the current civil war, it is unclear whether it will remain in its current state for long.
- Safety Perfumes
- Island Gas Station
- Oscar Sweets
- There is also a traditional Syrian vegetable market.
See the warning in the Syria article.