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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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A land of scars

Nigeria | On the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s brutal civil war, the calls for separation remain
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/11/17, 08:59 pm

BIAFRA. First week of January 1968. Fifteen-year-old Nnaemeka Ezeaku listened as the sounds of gunshots and explosions drew closer to his home in Awka, the capital city of southeastern Anambra State.

Although Nigeria’s civil war had been raging for six months, it had never come this close.

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Israel bombs Syrian chemical weapons factory

by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/07/17, 10:43 am

Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian chemical weapons factory Thursday, killing two workers, according to Syrian military officials. The strike came a day after UN war crimes investigators said they had an “extensive body of information” indicating Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s forces dropped sarin gas on the town of Khan Sheikhun in April, killing about 80 people. U.S.

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