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August 12, 2017 7:51 AM 600,000 Syrians Returned Home in 2017, Mostly to Aleppo: UN

In the first half of 2017, 602,759 Syrians displaced by conflict have returned home, according to reports by the United Nation's International Organization for Migration. Well over half, approximately 67 percent, of the returning refugees have been to the Aleppo Governorate, where an estimated 405,420 individuals have been registered by the IOM as having 44

August 11, 2017 8:34 PM U.N.: More Than 600,000 Syrians Have Returned Home In 2017

Syrians arriving last month from Jarablus, in Aleppo province, to their old neighborhood of al-Waer, in Homs, Syria. They left their homes to escape the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and now they are going back. A rising number of Syrians who fled are returning to their homes, with more than 600,000 going back in the first seven months 28

August 10, 2017 8:20 AM Women recruits prepare to join Syria's Raqqa battle

HASAKA, Syria - Women fighters danced to Kurdish songs in a village in northern Syria on Wednesday after completing their military training to join the battle against Islamic State. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of local militias supported by a U.S.-led coalition, had given the 210 women a 15-day course in armed combat. "The goal ... is to stand 27

August 10, 2017 5:50 AM Syrian Kurds: 17 Indonesians who escaped IS leave Syria

BEIRUT — A group of 17 Indonesians who had joined the Islamic State group in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa have been handed over to representatives of their country and have left Syria, a local Kurdish official and a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. According to the official, Omar Alloush, the Indonesian nationals included men, women and children 30

August 9, 2017 10:38 AM Car rams into soldiers in Paris suburb in suspected terrorist attack

PARIS (Reuters) - A car rammed into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb on Wednesday, injuring six before speeding off in what officials identified as a suspected terrorist attack. The vehicle, a BMW, was parked in an alley before it accelerated into the soldiers as they left their barracks to go on patrol, said Patrick Balkany, mayor of Levallois-Perret 7

August 8, 2017 2:06 PM Shiite Militia Blames U.S. for Attack That Killed Dozens on the Syria-Iraq Border

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has denied killing dozens of Shiite militia fighters in an artillery attack near the al-Tanf border. The Iran-backed Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigade operating along the border between Iraq and Syria had earlier accused the U.S. of the killings. The Associated Press reported that more than 40 of the fighters were killed 23

August 8, 2017 1:37 PM Iraq Shia militia 'lose dozens in attack'

Dozens of Shia militiamen have been killed in an attack in Iraq close to the border with Syria, reports say. There are conflicting accounts as to what happened. The group said US aircraft were to blame, though the US-led coalition denied this. So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it killed scores of Iraqi troops in an ambush in the area. Iranian-backed 14

August 8, 2017 1:37 PM U.S. denies bombing Iraqi Shi'ite militia near Syrian border

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S-led coalition fighting Islamic State denied responsibility on Tuesday for an attack near the Syrian border, which killed dozens of members of an Iraqi Shi'ite militia and, that group said, several of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards. A spokesman for the Iran-backed Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada militia said 36 of its fighters 13

August 7, 2017 7:23 PM Hopeful about ‘de-escalation’ in Syria? Think again

Hopes raised by the setting up of “de-escalation zones” in Syria may well be dashed by developments on the ground in the last few days that bode very ill for civilians in various parts of the country. Firstly, the zones themselves are being tested. On Friday, the one north of Homs in western Syria saw fighting between opposition fighters and the regime 73

August 4, 2017 7:43 PM Civil rights groups sue State over visas

Civil rights groups are suing the State Department for refusing to process visa applications for winners of a federal visa lottery program that are from the six countries included in President Trump's travel ban. The groups claim Tillerson issued an illegal policy when he directed consular officials to deny visas to lottery winners following the Supreme 27