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Feb23

US: 400 ‘peacekeepers’ to remain in Syria

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL The White House has clarified its plans for U.S. forces in Syria, now saying it will leave 400 troops in the war-torn country a day after saying the number of “peacekeepers” would be 200. A White House official on February 22 confirmed the revised number and said they will be based as part of the Tanf garrison in northeastern Syria. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on February 21 had said that a “peacekeeping” group of about 200 troops would remain in Syria for a “period of time.” There was no immediate explanation for the revised figure of troops. The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) hailed the U.S. decision to keep...

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Feb21

Pakistan: 26 killed in flash floods

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Flash floods and heavy winter rains have killed at least 26 people in Pakistan’s southwest and central regions, officials said on February 21. The National Disaster Management Authority said 14 people were killed and 200 families were affected by flash floods that submerged villages near the southwestern town of Lasbella. In central Pakistan, nine people were killed in three separate incidents of roofs collapsing during heavy rains, four of them in the city of Multan. Emergency teams are working to rescue people from flooded parts of Lasbella in Baluchistan Province, said Imran Zarqoon, a spokesman for the provincial disaster authority. Heavy seasonal rains...

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Feb20

UN concerned about violence against Muslims in India and Kashmir

By: Bayram Altug Source: Anadolu Agency GENEVA – The UN’s human rights chief on Tuesday expressed concern about reports that a deadly recent attack is being used to target Kashmiri and Muslim communities in India. Michelle Bachelet said she is “concerned by reports from India that some elements are using the Pulwama attack as justification for threats and potential acts of violence targeting Kashmiri and Muslim communities.” A deadly car bomb Feb. 14 killed at least 44 paramilitary troops in Jammu and Kashmir, which the Indian government blamed on Pakistan. Bachelet strongly condemned the attack and demanded authorities to bring those responsible to justice, according to the...

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