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UN declares Syria responsible for chemical attack

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/27/17, 12:03 pm

The Syrian government was responsible for a sarin nerve gas attack that killed more than 90 people last April, according to a report by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Syria and its close allyRussia have denied any attack and strongly criticized the Joint Investigative Mechanism commissioned to look into it. The attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, sparked outrage around the world as photos and video of the aftermath, including quivering children dying on camera, were broadcast worldwide.

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Iraqi forces push back Kurds

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/17/17, 11:31 am

Kurdish forces handed control of disputed areas in northern and eastern Iraq back to government troops after the Iraqi army took over the city of Kirkuk on Monday. The Kurds had occupied cities outside their designated autonomous region after liberating them from ISIS in 2014 and 2015. In a referendum last month, 90 percent of Kurdish voters supported independence from Iraq, but Iraq, Turkey, and Iran all rejected the results. The Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, appear to be withdrawing back to the borders of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq.

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U.S.-backed forces declare ISIS capital liberated

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/17/17, 11:04 am

U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State (ISIS) control, military officials said. Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo said clashes with ISIS ended in the city, which had served as the terror group’s headquarters for more than three years. Dozens of militants who refused to surrender made their last stand in the city’s stadium. Earlier on Tuesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces captured the city’s hospital, which had also served as a major holdout.

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