War
Mindy Belz

Questionable aid

Charities | While fighting in Syria continues, local leaders question the claims of a U.S.-based aid group
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/03/19, 06:01 pm

As Giving Tuesday launches an intense end-of-the-year fundraising season for nonprofits, a U.S. aid group working in Iraq and Syria has come under scrutiny and criticism by local officials who say its claims are fraudulent. 

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Associated Press/Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets

Northern Syria under assault

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/03/19, 11:03 am

Syrian forces on Monday struck a market in the rebel-controlled town of Maaret al-Noumaan, killing at least 13 people. In a separate attack, Turkish artillery shells landed near a school in the Kurdish-held town of Tal Rifaat, killing nine people, including eight children. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported additional strikes in the nearby town of Saraqeb and another Russian attack in the city of Idlib.

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Mindy Belz

In the house of mourning

Middle East | Syrians want ‘our pain to reach your government’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/21/19, 10:46 am

QAMISHLI, SYRIA—Two long tents straddle the street in this Kurdish neighborhood near the home of Amer Mohamed Said Berlan, a 25-year-old business owner killed in a car bombing on Nov. 11. The mourners have been coming all day and from across the city to pay their respects. The women sit in clusters on the floor of one tent, children in their laps and talking low. In another, the men sit in chairs in rigid lines, smoking and talking. A boy weaves in and out, serving cups of water.

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