Thousands of Daesh (ISIS) detainees in Syria a ‘ticking time-bomb’

posted in: Middle East, News

Around 10,000 Daesh detainees and their families in nearby camps in northeastern Syria present a big security risk, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, even though the US-allied Syrian Kurdish militia was fully capable of keeping them secure, … Read More

EU must take responsibility for Syrian refugees in Turkey – NGO director

posted in: News, Refugee Crisis Europe

The European Union must continue protecting Syrian refugees within Turkey, but should also take further responsibility and resettle more of them, Human Rights Watch associate director Gerry Simpson wrote in an op-ed published by the EU Observer on Wednesday. More effort from … Read More

Al-Baghdadi takedown catches Dems flat-footed, blunts criticism of Trump’s Syria pullback

President Trump’s successful operation to take out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sent Democrats scrambling on Sunday, as several top party leaders had complained publicly in recent days that the White House had no “real plan” to combat the terror group following the U.S. pullout in Syria. … Read More

Trump says he kept details of ISIS operation from Pelosi to avoid leaks

President Trump said Sunday morning that he did not tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the U.S. military raid in Syria that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi because he was worried about leaks that could have compromised the mission. … Read More

Trump describes al-Baghdadi as ‘whimpering and crying’ before dying in US operation: ‘He died like a coward’

President Trump, announcing the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, described him as dying “in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.” “He died like a dog, he died like a coward,” Trump said in a speech to the … Read More

Israel said bracing for direct cruise missile or drone attack by Iran

posted in: Israel, News

Security cabinet to meet next week as Army Radio cites sources saying Tehran may respond to strikes against its regional proxies attributed to Israel Illustrative: Iran says it successfully tested the Hoveizeh cruise missile on February 2, 2019 (Screen grab … Read More

Syria cease-fire in question after fighting, shelling reported

Just hours after President Trump announced a cease-fire between Turkish and Kurdish-led forces in Syria, journalists have reported continued fighting in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday morning, while other areas have reported relative calm since the agreement. Journalists from the Associated Press … Read More

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