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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. forces numbering several hundred in Tanf at the Iraqi border outside the cease-fire zone.

LEBANON: Hundreds of thousands of protesters in a country of 4.5 million continue to turn out in Beirut and other cities, despite a speech Monday by Prime Minister Saad Hariri and reforms passed by his Cabinet. As Lebanon, once nearly evenly divided between Christians and Muslims with a shared government, has come increasingly under domination by Hezbollah and its Shiite supporters, discontent over corruption and the economy has deepened.

CHILE: A state of emergency went into effect in Santiago and five provinces as eight deaths were reported Sunday and violent protests against government gained momentum.

ALGERIA: The latest church closure order brings to 11 the number of churches closed this month.

HAITI: Trash is piling up in Port-au-Prince, gas shortages are widening, as Haitians said conflict between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition is the worst unrest they’ve witnessed.

ISRAEL: A long-buried street leading to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was possibly the work of Pontius Pilate, archaeologists have discovered, not King Herod the Great.

MIDWAY ATOLL: Halfway between the United States and Japan in the deep Pacific, explorers have located the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga and other vessels from the Battle of Midway.

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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.

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  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 10/22/2019 07:37 pm

    And the reason the president is "bowing" to Pentagon requests is to protect our access to oil there, not to protect innocent civilians currently being bombed (See World article, "A Cruel Withdrawal," October 22, 2019 and BBC,, October 22.)