Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.

Free Burma Rangers

A cruel withdrawal

Middle East | The departure of U.S. forces from Syria allows Turkish forces to target civilians with atrocities—even during a U.S.-brokered cease-fire
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/22/19, 01:11 pm

“There is no cease-fire here,” said Dave Eubank, director of Free Burma Rangers, one of the few U.S.-based aid groups working near the front lines in northeast Syria. Three days into a five-day cease-fire brokered by Vice President Mike Pence, bombs and artillery fire rained on the city of Ras al-Ain in defiance of the agreement. Eyewitnesses like Eubank reported widespread atrocities, including alleged use of chemical weapons, contradicting assurances from Washington and Ankara of creating a “safe zone” inside Syria.

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Associated Press/Photo by Baderkhan Ahmad

Cease-fire violations in Syria continue

International | A Syrian Democratic Forces commander reports ‘ethnic cleansing’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/21/19, 12:44 pm

SYRIA: Turkish forces continue to fire on Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces as they pull out from Ras al-Ain, with reports of at least one SDF soldier wounded on Monday. Violations of the U.S.-orchestrated cease-fire agreement have been continuous. The SDF commander said Sunday that cease-fire violations included “ethnic cleansing.” President Donald Trump has indicated he may bow to Pentagon requests to leave U.S.

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No ceasing

Syria | Christian aid groups and monitors in Syria report devastating fighting and war crimes following the U.S.-orchestrated cease-fire
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/18/19, 09:23 pm

Twenty-four hours after Vice President Mike Pence shook hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to inaugurate a five-day cease-fire in northeastern Syria, bombs and artillery fire rained on the town of Ras al-Ain in defiance of the agreement.

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