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Nowhere left to run: how the US finally caught up with Isis leader Baghdadi

The hunt for the Islamic State leader had lasted years until Iraqi officials got a break last month Cornered in a dead-end tunnel, with a robot creeping towards him, Islamic State leader in a remote hamlet of northwestern Syria, but not before he detonated a suicide vest strapped to his body as special forces troops disgorged from helicopters and crouched near the frugal stone house in which he was hiding. Forensic specialists stood by, carrying samples of Baghdadis DNA and the means to compare it with remains at the scene.…

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How war-shattered Aleppo is preserving its culture

Thousands of Aleppians are using a Facebook group to share their way of life before the Syrian war Going to the hammam was once a beloved ritual for Aleppo resident Atef Shikhouni and his friends. Recalling the boisterous, joyful experience, the 55-year-old wrote: Here is a man shouting, Where is the soap? while another one is asking for the shampoo and a third wants someone to rub his back. It becomes very noisy. After spending some time in the sauna, it is time for the rubbing man. He uses a…

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Trump provokes global anger by recognising Israel’s claim to Golan Heights

Russia, Iran and Turkey condemn US president while Syria vows to recapture territory lost in 1967 war Syria has vowed to retake the Golan Heights as Donald Trumps call for the US to recognise the occupied territory as part of Israel elicited strong responses from Russia, Turkey and Iran. The president ended half a century of US foreign policy and broke from post-second world war international consensus that forbids territorial conquest during war said on Friday that the country was now more determined to liberate it by all possible means…

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5 things to know for January 7: Shutdown, Jazmine Barnes, Syria, Globes

1. Shutdown Government shutdown: How we got here Bolton unveils Trump’s strategy for Africa The timetable for when the US will pull troops out of Syria is still up in the air. President Trump, when he made the surprise announcement last month, indicated he wanted the 2,000 troops brought home quickly. But national security adviser John Bolton says troops won’t leave until the US can be assured that Turkey won’t attack Kurdish allies there. The Kurds have helped the US fight ISIS, but Turkey considers some Kurdish groups to be terrorists. Bolton said the…

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I Show The Contrast Between The Two Worlds That We Currently Live In By Combining Photos (33 New Pics)

I wish that the whole world would live by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s phrase “Peace at Home, Peace in the World”, which was implemented as the foreign policy of Turkey.  here and reply View More Replies… #2 Refugees reply #3 Yemen reply #4 Global Warming reply View More Replies… #5 Iraq, Abu Ghraib Prison reply View More Replies… #6 Gaza Strip reply #7 Liberia #9 Gaza Strip reply #10 Syria

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Millions of us are trapped in Idlib, facing death. The world must save us | Anonymous

While we bleed, world leaders respond with meek platitudes, says a worker with Islamic Relief in Idlib Civilians like me fresh reports that an attack on the region surrounding Idlib city by government forces is imminent. Just a few weeks ago, a woman I knew was killed along with her husband and five children in an airstrike. More than 116 other people also died that weekend and 70 others were injured in what was the worst period of bombing and shelling we have seen for some time. It left the…

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Jeremy Corbyn calls Syria airstrikes legally questionable

PM should have sought parliamentary approval before taking military action, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described airstrikes on Syria as legally questionable and accused Theresa May of trailing after Donald Trump in an attack that could escalate the conflict. The Labour leader was responding to the news that the Theresa May: Syria strikes ‘right and legal’ option video Labour has opposed a military strike on Syria since the chemical weapons attack on Douma. On Thursday, Corbyn urged May to remember the lessons of intelligence failures in the buildup to…

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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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U.S., France, U.K. Launch Strikes on Syria After Chemical Attack

Missile strikes targeted chemical weapons facilities in Syria Trump condemns Russia and Iran for supporting Syria’s Assad statement posted on Twitter. “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.” Syria said its air defenses were “confronting the U.S.-French-British aggression,” according to the state-run SANA news agency. Syria’s Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the conflict, reported that the strikes targeted several military bases, Republican Guards locations and the Scientific Studies Research Center. "Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming…

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British woman killed fighting Turkish forces in Afrin

Anna Campbell believed to be the first British woman to die alongside Kurdish forces in Syria A British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Afrin, northern Syria, has been killed, her Kurdish commanders have said. Anna Campbell, from Lewes, East Sussex, was volunteering with the US-backed Kurdish Womens Protection Units (YPJ) the all-female affiliate army of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the besieged city of Afrin when the convoy she was travelling in was struck by a Turkish missile on 16 March. Sources say the 26-year-old initially travelled to…

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Israel launches ‘large-scale’ attack in Syria after fighter jet crashes

Military spokesman says four Iranian targets near Damascus were destroyed in retaliation Israel launches ‘large-scale’ attack in Syria after fighter jet crashes Military spokesman says four Iranian targets near Damascus were destroyed in retaliation Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem First published on Sat 10 Feb 2018 00.59EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Israeli fighter jet crashes after being shot at by Syrian air defences video Israel has launched what it described as a large-scale air raid in Syria after one of its F-16 fighters crashed while under…

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2018 Feels Ripe for Big Unexpected Crisis, Eurasia Group Says

This year could see a geopolitical crisis on the scale of the financial crash a decade ago, Eurasia Group warned in its annual outlook. Describing global political challenges as “daunting,” the New York-based political risk consultancy said that “if we had to pick one year for a big unexpected crisis — the geopolitical equivalent of the 2008 financial meltdown — it feels like 2018." The biggest uncertainty surrounds China’s move to fill a vacuum as U.S. influence continues to decline, stoking tensions between the two powers, it said. That’s likely to…

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Why the U.S. and Turkey Are Suddenly in a Major Standoff

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey, allies since the aftermath of World War II, have soured in the 15 months since an Fethullah Gulen, whom the U.S. has so far refused to extradite. Further increasing tensions, the U.S. and Turkey are at odds over the war in Syria. This backdrop may help explain why the arrest of a U.S. consular employee in Turkey, on charges of involvement in the coup attempt, blew up so quickly into a major diplomatic rift, with the two nations suspending visa services for each other’s…

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