Syria

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In Syria, as in Other Frozen Conflicts, Putin Plays Peacemaker But Wants Controlled Chaos

Last Sunday in northeast Syria was a day fraught with geopolitical symbolism. As Russian forces raised their flag over a former school that had been used by American troops in the town of Ain Issa, a U.S. patrol watched as Turkish or Turkish-backed forces fired in its direction, about 100 miles to the east on […]

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Syrian Kurds say spy stole Baghdadis underpants for DNA test

Syrian Democratic Forces also claim they played a key role in tracking down Baghdadi to a compound in northern Syria Syrian Kurds say they managed to place a spy in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadis inner circle who stole a pair of the Islamic State leaders underpants to prove his identity and then helped guide US soldiers […]

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Trevor Noah: Trump Is Renting U.S. Military to Saudis

On Monday night, with all the other late-night hosts off this week escape of hundreds of ISIS prisoners theyd previously held captive. Sweet Jesus, exclaimed Noah. Donald Trump is the only person who can find a way to make the Middle East more chaotic. Turkey invading, Kurds fleeing, ISIS escaping?! Like, the Middle East was […]

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Shamima Begum: Dutch husband wants to take teenager to Netherlands

Detained Isis fighter Yago Riedijk says it was her own choice to marry him aged 15 The Dutch husband of Shamima Begum, the teenager who fled the UK to join Isis, has said he wants to return to the Netherlands with his wife and newborn son. Speaking to the BBC, Yago Riedijk, 27, said he […]

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‘It’s not a war. It’s a massacre’: scores killed in Syrian enclave

Aid groups warn situation in eastern Ghouta could unfold into worst atrocity of war so far Almost 200 civilians have been killed in dozens of airstrikes and shelling by forces loyal to Syrias Bashar al-Assad in eastern Ghouta over two days of hysterical violence, which has led to warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe that could […]

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Australia unveils plan to become one of worlds top 10 arms exporters

PM spruiks jobs for local manufacturers but Tim Costello of World Vision has previously attacked policy as exporting death and profiting from bloodshed Australia unveils plan to become one of worlds top 10 arms exporters PM spruiks jobs for local manufacturers but Tim Costello of World Vision has previously attacked policy as exporting death and […]

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Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases

Data about exercise routes shared online by soldiers can be used to pinpoint overseas facilities Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases Data about exercise routes shared online by soldiers can be used to pinpoint overseas facilities Sun 28 Jan 2018 16.51EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share […]

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Alleged Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash receiving consular help from Australia

Coalition says basic assistance being given due to hopes alleged conspirator will share intelligence on terrorist group Australia is giving consular help to the alleged senior Islamic State recruiter and conspirator Neil Prakash, with hopes he will share intelligence on the terrorist group, a federal minister has said. Australias most wanted man, who has been […]

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Al-Qaida-linked militants’ advance throws west’s Syria plans into disarray

Growing success of Hayat Fateh al-Sham in northern province of Idlib raises fears that regime and allies will use move as pretext to wage military campaign The wests policy on Syria has been thrown into disarray due to sweeping advances by al-Qaida-linked militants in the north-west of the country, gaining the military upper hand in […]

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Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women

The long read: When Isis rounded up Yazidi women and girls in Iraq to use as slaves, the captives drew on their collective memory of past oppressions and a powerful will to survive The day before Isis came was a holiday in Sinjar district, northern Syria and Turkey have mostly all fled to neighbouring countries or to Europe. In […]

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