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December 2, 2018 9:38 PM Senior ISIS leader involved in killing of former US Army Ranger killed in drone strike, coalition says

Former U.S. Army Ranger Peter Kassig, pictured here, was captured in Syria in 2013. The U.S.-led coalition said that Abu al Umarayn, a senior ISIS leader who was involved in Kassig's death, was killed in a drone strike on Sunday. (Ropi/ZUMA Wire) Abu al Umarayn, a senior ISIS leader who was involved in the brutal murder of former U.S. Army Ranger Peter 137

November 1, 2018 9:28 AM Turkey says 260,000 Syrians have returned to 'Euphrates Shield' operation area

ANKARA (Reuters) - A total of 260,000 Syrian nationals have returned to a swathe of land in northern Syria where Turkey carried out a cross-border operation dubbed “Euphrates Shield”, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday. Turkey launched Euphrates Shield in 2016 to drive away Islamic State militants and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from its border 74

August 20, 2018 12:47 PM Russia: West is obstructing aid to Syria, return of refugees

MOSCOW – Russia lashed out at Western countries on Monday, accusing them of blocking U.N. aid for Syria's reconstruction and trying to prevent the return of refugees. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Lebanese counterpart, Gibran Bassil, that the U.S. refusal to provide assistance for rebuilding Syria after more than seven years 46

July 27, 2018 8:38 PM Refugees Become Pawns in Syria’s Bid for Foreign Aid

Assad regime is slowing the return of Syrians as it seeks to secure reconstruction funds from West and end sanctions ARSAL, Lebanon—As the Assad regime moves to take control of Syria’s last opposition strongholds, the government and its foreign backers are calling on millions of refugees who fled the bloody conflict to come home. But obstacles the regime 56

July 22, 2018 6:23 PM U.N. says supports temporary stay in Jordan of White Helmets before relocation

AMMAN (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Sunday it was supporting the temporary stay in Jordan of 422 Syrian rescue workers known as the “White Helmets” ahead of their relocation abroad. The U.N. acknowledged it had received 422 Syrians who were seeking asylum in Canada, Germany and Britain on the request of these countries 45

July 13, 2018 5:23 PM Italy in new migrant boat standoff with Malta

ROME (Reuters) - Italy on Friday urged Malta to go to the aid of an overcrowded boat carrying hundreds of migrants, only hours after the Italian president intervened to end a dispute within the ruling coalition over rescued immigrants. There have been two similar stand-offs with Malta since Italy’s new populist government, which pairs the far-right League 63

July 6, 2018 6:40 PM Watchdog: More time needed on alleged Syria chemical attack

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday in an interim report that "various chlorinated organic chemicals" were found at the site in Syria where a chemical attack is suspected of being carried out in April. A fact-finding mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons warned that it was too early 62

June 24, 2018 1:55 PM Assad pledges to regain control of northern Syria by force if needed

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Syrian army will regain control of the country’s north by force if rebels there refuse to surrender, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian television channel NTV on Sunday. Assad, who said in the same interview he would not accept Western funds to rebuild his country, was speaking after Damascus said it rejected 47

June 22, 2018 10:47 AM Turkey's Erdogan, presidential rival both vow to send Syrians home

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival in Sunday’s presidential election have both pledged to send millions of Syrian refugees home, responding to growing unease among voters about the number of migrants in Turkey. More than 3.5 million Syrian refugees who fled conflict in their country are living in Turkey and their presence 58

May 15, 2018 9:26 AM Turkey: 7 Afghan migrants die during sea crossing to Greece

ISTANBUL – Turkey's coast guard says seven Afghan nationals died, including three children, while trying to cross into Greece, but that it managed to rescue 13 people from the sinking boat. In a statement Tuesday, it said a rescue ship and helicopter were dispatched late Monday near the western province of Canakkale following a tip. A half-sunk 6-meter 70