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Syrian Kurds plan elections in ‘federal region’

Syrian Kurdish officials say they will hold three elections in a “federal region” they are establishing in the Arab country’s north, despite reiterating in the past that they had no such plans. The authorities declared three “autonomous” cantons in the north in 2013, taking advantage of the Syrian Army’s withdrawal from ...

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Daesh, US trauma to haunt Raqqah kids for decades: Charity

A charity group has warned that children fleeing Syria’s Raqqah need decades to heal from their psychological injuries after being “tormented” by Daesh’s brutal acts in the terrorist group’s stronghold as well as US strikes. Save the Children interviewed some of them and their families who have fled Raqqah, recounting what they saw under the Daesh ...

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UN says Saudi airstrikes killed 42 civilians in 1 week

Airstrikes by a coalition under the leadership of the regime in Riyadh against civilian targets across Yemen have killed 42 more civilians, including a number of children, over the past week, the United Nations human rights office says.  “In the week from August 17 to August 24, 58 civilians have ...

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Russian forces destroy 2 chemical arms bases in Syria: Official

The head of the Russian military’s branch for protection from chemical weapons says his forces have managed to dismantle two chemical weapons facilities in the formerly militant-held areas in war-torn Syria. Major General Igor Kirillov said on Friday that Moscow will provide the data to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical ...

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