‘We Have Not Forgotten Syria’: U.S. Envoy Vows to Protect Refugees

After 11 years of war, Syria has become a cautionary example of what can happen in a conflict with no end in sight, like the one that began 100 days ago in Ukraine.

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Turkey’s Plan to Draw Refugees Back to Syria: Homes for 1 Million

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will build homes, schools, hospitals and more in northern Syria, but experts question whether refugees will return willingly.

#assad-bashar-al, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #turkey

Ukraine’s Battlefield Is Haunted by Putin’s Chemical Weapons Legacy

While the risk remains ambiguous, the Russian leader’s long infatuation with the toxic arms fuels worries that the deadly poisons could be deployed in Ukraine.

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The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

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What Do We Do if Putin Uses Chemical Weapons?

We can’t afford to repeat our mistakes in Syria. 

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Russia Is Sending Mercenaries and Syrians to Ukraine, Western Officials Say

The Kremlin is trying to find enough reinforcements to conduct the next phase of the war, according to military and intelligence officials.

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Syrian Mercenaries Deploy to Russia en Route to Ukrainian Battlefields

A first contingent has arrived in Russia for military training including members of a Syrian unit that worked with Russian officers in Syria, backing President Bashar al-Assad.

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Mideast Feels the Pinch of Rising Food Prices as Ramadan Nears

Russia’s war on Ukraine has driven up the prices of staple foods and energy across the Middle East and North Africa ahead of the Muslim holy month of daytime fasting and nighttime feasting.

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Ukrainians Fill Streets With Music, Echoing Past War Zones

In subway stations and apartment buildings, artists are playing Bach, Vivaldi and folk songs.

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Assad Visits U.A.E. in Latest Sign of Re-engagement

It was the long-shunned Syrian leader’s first trip to an Arab country since his nation’s civil war erupted in 2011.

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Russia’s Brutality in Ukraine Has Roots in Earlier Conflicts

Its experience in a string of wars led to the conclusion that attacking civilian populations was not only acceptable but militarily sound.

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Mass Graves Identified in Syria Could Hold Evidence of War Crimes

Two sites have been located, believed to hold thousands of bodies of Syrians killed in detention centers administered by President Bashar al-Assad’s government during the civil war.

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Impunity for Syria War Crimes Casts Shadow Over Ukraine

Syria, with Russian support, used many of the brutal tactics now seen in Ukraine — and its dictator stayed in power. That conflict offers lessons for Russia’s leader, analysts say.

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These Syrian Refugees Can’t Stay in Denmark, but They Can’t Go Home

Dozens of Syrian asylum seekers are stuck in limbo after the Danish authorities decided it was safe for them to go back home and stripped their residency permits.

#asylum-right-of, #damascus-syria, #denmark, #deportation, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria

Ukrainian Refugees Arrive in Germany

Berlin has become a major hub for refugees from Ukraine, welcoming them with an outpouring of help. The response stirs memories of both bright and dark chapters of German history.

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Middle East Sympathizes With Ukrainian Refugees

Many in the region took to social media to express sympathy for Ukrainians forced to flee, though their warm welcome in Europe evoked a tinge of bitterness over the treatment of Arab and Muslim migrants.

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Conflict and Climate Change Ravage Syria’s Agricultural Heartland

Drought and a decade of war have brought failing crops and poverty to a region once known as Syria’s breadbasket. Even the bread has changed.

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US Military Offers New Details on Raid That Led to Death of ISIS Leader

The explosion that killed Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in Syria was most likely caused by a bomb he had rigged, U.S. military officials said.

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Violence Erupts at Syrian Camp for ISIS Families, Leaving a Child Dead

Security forces say they opened fire this week after they were attacked by women and children at Al Hol camp in northeastern Syria, which holds about 60,000 family members of former ISIS fighters.

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Syria’s Kurds Wanted Autonomy. They Got an Endless War.

The Kurds of northeastern Syria dreamed of establishing an autonomous, multiethnic and gender-equal utopia. Instead, their breakaway region has been engulfed in conflict since its creation.

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Teenage Inmates in Syria Lack Food and Medicine, Aid Group Says

UNICEF was given the first glimpse of teenage detainees at a prison attacked by ISIS two weeks ago in northeastern Syria.

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Get Children Out of ISIS Detention Camps in Syria

The conditions are horrific and dangerous. And they’re breeding grounds for radicalization and the next generation of ISIS adherents.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Leader’s Death Is Another Blow for ISIS, but It’s Hardly the End

The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. But it’s likely to keep adapting and enduring, even after the U.S. raid that killed its top commander.

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Five Takeaways From the U.S. Raid That Killed the Islamic State’s Leader

A daring raid by U.S. Special Operations forces that resulted in the death of the ISIS leader offered a vivid reminder that the chaos in Syria continues to reverberate.

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ISIS Leader Dead After U.S. Commandos Raid House in Syria

President Biden said Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi exploded a bomb that killed him and members of his family.

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Neighbors Recall Night of Fear in Syria Raid That Killed ISIS Leader

In a village in Syria, residents took cover, watched and hid as U.S. forces assaulted the house next door, killing the leader of ISIS.

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Who Was ISIS Leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi?

Little is known about the ISIS leader, who died, much like his predecessor, in a raid by U.S. commandos in northwestern Syria.

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Witnesses Describe US-Led Syria Raid: ‘Those Who Remain Will Die’

Families living on the outskirts of Atmeh, Syria, said the U.S. raid that killed the ISIS leader made for a night of fear.

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Is ISIS Back on the Rise?

Three years after the United States declared victory over the Islamic State, a well-organized attack in northern Syria is raising questions.

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Teenage Inmates Found Among the 500 Dead in Syria Prison Attack

The bodies of at least two boys were found on a street behind the prison — the first confirmed deaths among up to 700 teenagers who had been detained there because they were the children of ISIS fighters.

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U.S. Forces Return to Combat as Allies Struggle to Subdue ISIS Fighters

The fighting was the most intense urban warfare involving American troops in Iraq and Syria since the fall of the ISIS caliphate.

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U.S. Woman Accused of Prominent Role in Islamic State

Prosecutors said Allison Fluke-Ekren, a former teacher from Kansas, provided military training to women and young girls in Syria.

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ISIS Siege of Syria Prison Proves It’s Still a Threat

The Islamic State may no longer be able to control territory, but it has shown in Syria and Iraq that it can still pull off opportunistic military operations.

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ISIS Fighters Get Ultimatum in Syria Prison Standoff

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia demanded that about 60 ISIS militants, still holed up in a prison a week after they attacked it, give themselves up or risk being killed.

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Normalizing Assad Is Dangerous for the World, Not Just Syria

International bodies and nations appear to have either forgiven, forgotten or chosen to ignore the reasons Syria was cast out from their community.

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Jordan’s Army Kills 27 in Drug Bust on Syrian Border

The Jordanian Army said that soldiers fired on suspected smugglers as they tried to cross the border under cover of a snowstorm.

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U.S.-Backed Forces Clash With ISIS Fighters at Syrian Prison

Kurdish-led forces said that up to 90 ISIS fighters were still holed up in the prison in Hasaka in northeastern Syria, despite earlier claims that they had retaken full control of the complex.

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Kurdish-Led Forces End Syria Prison Siege, Defeating ISIS Fighters

The six-day battle put a spotlight on the humanitarian and security issues left unresolved after the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate was destroyed.

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Boys Held as Hostages by ISIS Worry Rights Activists

About 700 boys have been held for years in a prison in Syria because their parents joined the Islamic State. Now their lives are in danger.

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As ISIS Resurges, US is Drawn Back Into the Fray

“ISIS is not over”: Attacks in Syria and Iraq make clear that the militants have lost neither their will to fight nor their ability to do so.

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A Historic Verdict, and a New Front in the Global Fight for Human Rights

The first time anyone from the Syrian regime is judged guilty of its crimes is in a German court. What justice does it bring to Syrians?

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Syrian-Kurdish Forces Retake Part of Prison Held by ISIS

Paramilitary forces in northeastern Syria say they have regained partial control of a prison attacked by the Islamic State last week. Hundreds of boys are being held hostage.

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As U.S. Strikes Syria Prison Held by ISIS, Young Detainees Are Caught in Crossfire

Almost 700 child detainees are being held in the prison still under siege four days after ISIS launched an attack to free detainees

#children-and-childhood, #detainees, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prisons-and-prisoners, #syria

‘Now There Is No One’: The Lament of One of the Last Christians in a Syrian City

Michel Butros al-Jisri is among the few Christians left from a once-vibrant community in Idlib on the brink of disappearing. The city, in the only territory in Syria still controlled by rebels, is ruled by Islamists.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #idlib-syria, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The U.S. Bombed a Dam in Syria That Was on a ‘No-Strike’ List

A military report warned that striking the giant structure could cause tens of thousands of deaths.

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Syrian Doctor Accused of Atrocities Goes on Trial in Germany

The charges against Alaa Mousa include torturing opponents of the Assad regime in military hospitals in Syria, and murdering at least one by lethal injection.

#assad-bashar-al, #germany, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mousa-alaa, #syria, #torture, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

The Civilian Casualties of America’s Air Wars

Why is the death toll of U.S. strikes so staggeringly high?

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First Trial for Syrian State Atrocities Yields Guilty Verdict in Germany

A German court found a former Syrian intelligence officer guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life in prison — a first after a decade of war.

#assad-bashar-al, #germany, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #syria, #torture, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Documents Reveal Flaws in Pentagon Dismissals of Civilian Casualty Claims in Iraq and Syria

A Times investigation found inconsistent approaches to assessing claims of civilians killed by coalition forces — including failures to conduct simple internet searches.

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What to Know About the Civilian Casualty Files

A New York Times investigation found that the American air war in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan has been plagued by flawed intelligence, poor targeting and thousands of civilian deaths.

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