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Jan13

Syria: Over 600 evacuated from last ISIS stronghold

By: Middle East Eye Source: Middle East Eye More than 600 people were evacuated on Saturday from the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s remaining holdout in eastern Syria, a monitor said, as US-backed fighters prepared for a final assault on the area. “More than 600 people, mainly women and children, were evacuated on 25 buses sent” by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said several dozen militants were among those evacuated to areas held by the Kurdish-Arab alliance. The SDF, backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, in September launched an offensive to oust ISIS from the rump...

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Jan08

Taliban pulls out of US peace talks in Qatar

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL KABUL — Afghan Taliban representatives say they have called off two days of peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar, just hours after they had announced the talks would take place without any delegates from Afghanistan’s government. A Taliban representative in Afghanistan had told Reuters early on January 8 that the talks would begin in Qatar’s capital, Doha, on January 9. That Taliban figure also had said the group was refusing to allow what he called “puppet” Afghan officials to take part in the Doha meetings. But a Taliban representative in Doha told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan later on January 8 that the militant...

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Jan07

The West Bank: Israel detains settlers over killing of Palestinian woman

By: MEE Source: MEE Israel has arrested five Jewish seminary students in the occupied West Bank in connection with a rock attack on a Palestinian car that killed a woman, the Israeli domestic intelligence service said on Sunday. The detainees “are suspected of grave terrorist offences including murder”, the Shin Bet service said in a statement after a court order limiting media coverage of the 30 December arrests was lifted, Reuters reported. Aisha al-Rabi, 47, suffered a fatal head wound from a rock thrown at her car near the Palestinian city of Nablus on 12 October. The West Bank sees regular attacks by settlers, some of whom identify with radical Jewish groups, on...

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