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Turkey storms into Syria and takes ISIS town within hours

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Turkish tanks, supported by Syrian opposition rebels, have stormed across the border into northern Syria, within hours seizing the town of Jarablus that ISIS jihadists had controlled since 2014. “Jarablus is completely liberated,” declared Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group. Turkey’s state news agency also confirmed the takeover. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS fighters put up “very little resistance” before fleeing to neighboring villages in the face of the Turkish onslaught. It was the first time since ISIS has claimed a caliphate straddling parts of Iraq and Syria two years...

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The Kurdish factor and the partition of Syria

By: John Wight Source: RT Syrian Kurdish forces have been among the bravest and most effective in the war against ISIS in Syria. They may well be on course to also be the most treacherous. Whether organized under the auspices of the PYD (People’s Protection Units) or SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) there is no doubting that the role played by the Kurds in northern Syria in first resisting and now taking the fight to ISIS will go down in history. However, as the Kurds continue their advance through Raqqa Province, closing in on Raqqa City itself, the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State, any concerns the Syrian government may have when it comes to their ultimate objectives and...

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Yemen: Millions of civilians critically vulnerable

By: Lisa Schlein Source: VOA News GENEVA –The United Nations is appealing to the international community to come to the aid of millions of civilians in war-torn Yemen, struggling to survive as humanitarian conditions in the country continue to deteriorate. U.N. Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick calls Yemen an invisible crisis, a war waged in the shadows of the war being fought in nearby Syria. While all eyes are on tragic events unfolding in Syria, he said the humanitarian situation for some 22 million Yemenis is becoming increasingly dire.”The scale of the emergency is tremendous,” he said. “The scale of the needs is massive and the depths of the crisis is...

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