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How they stand

Middle East | ISIS may be beaten in Iraq and Syria, but for Yazidi women who have escaped its atrocities, the battle to survive such brutality and find justice for war crimes is only beginning
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/13/19, 02:48 pm

One thing you notice, interviewing the survivors, is they all sit the same way: knees pulled to their chests, arms encircling their knees, hugging themselves tightly as they talk, wanting to share but also recoil from violent memories of their captivity at the hands of Islamic State.

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U.S. troops respond to Afghanistan attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/06/19, 10:59 am

Afghan troops, with the help of U.S. forces, on Wednesday ended an hourslong extremist attack in the eastern Nangarhar province that killed at least 17 people. Two attackers detonated a suicide bomb at 5 a.m. at a local construction company near the airport in Jalalabad, the provincial capital. Three other insurgents then engaged local guards in a gun battle that lasted more than five hours, said Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor. The militants all died in the shootout, said Gen. Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, the provincial police chief.

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U.S. blocks ISIS bride from returning

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/21/19, 11:37 am

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he ordered the State Department to bar an Alabama woman who joined Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria from returning to the United States. Hoda Muthana, 24, told The Guardian last week at a refugee camp in northern Syria that she was brainwashed online and regrets joining the group. Muthana left for Syria in 2014, married several ISIS fighters, and now has an 18-month-old son.

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