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Attacks in Syria target Christians, civilians

Syria | Suicide bombings shake a city in the country’s northeast, and ISIS assassinates a local priest and his father.
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/12/19, 10:42 am

Away from the front lines of an ongoing offensive by Turkey against Syrian forces, terror attacks struck at the heart of northeast Syria’s beleaguered civilians, targeting Christians. 

Two suicide bombings on Monday exploded in Qamishli, a city jointly patrolled by the semi-autonomous Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian army.

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Mindy Belz

Witness to atrocities

Syria | Refugees attest to indiscriminate killings by Turkish fighters as the Trump administration reverses course, sends troops back into Syria
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/11/19, 03:57 pm

President Donald Trump is set to welcome Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on Wednesday, five weeks into a Turkish invasion of northern Syria that has killed civilians and Kurdish-led forces, plus put an estimated 300,000 Syrians on the run. 

Syrians who have crossed the border into Iraq in recent weeks say they fled after losing property to Turkish bombs and witnessing atrocities.

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Moral incoherence

Middle East | A(nother) crisis unfolds in Syria while the U.S. focuses on oil
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/07/19, 01:38 pm

American Steve Gumaer had only been in Syria for hours when he learned 138 more families had arrived with no place to stay. The residents from the town of Tel Tamer fled Turkish bombardments, piling into open-bed trucks for a 40-mile trip that could mean the difference between life and death.

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