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U.S.-backed forces in Syria declare victory over ISIS

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/23/19, 09:51 am

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated the last area in Syria controlled by Islamic State (ISIS) on Saturday. ISIS militants made their final stand in a tent camp in Baghuz, which was bombed to shreds. “Baghuz is free and the military victory against [ISIS] has been achieved,” tweeted Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led SDF. Saturday’s bombing ended weeks of heavy fighting in Baghuz and brings to a close a caliphate ISIS established in large areas of Syria and in Iraq in 2014.

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Israel strikes back at Hamas targets in Gaza

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/15/19, 10:36 am

Israeli warplanes on Friday struck Hamas militant targets in the southern Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack hours earlier on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The Israeli military said in a statement it hit about 100 Hamas targets, and Palestinian media reported the strikes hit the group’s naval bases. Rockets from Gaza struck Tel Aviv on Thursday for the first time since 2014. Sirens blared, warning civilians to seek shelter. Neither side reported casualties. Hamas denied responsibility for the initial strikes, saying they went against Palestinian interests.

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How they stand

Middle East | ISIS may be beaten in Iraq and Syria, but for Yazidi women who have escaped its atrocities, the battle to survive such brutality and find justice for war crimes is only beginning
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/13/19, 02:48 pm

One thing you notice, interviewing the survivors, is they all sit the same way: knees pulled to their chests, arms encircling their knees, hugging themselves tightly as they talk, wanting to share but also recoil from violent memories of their captivity at the hands of Islamic State.

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