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Authors promote empathy through creativity

Turkish novelist Burhan Sonmez was left for dead by his attackers in 1996, but he survived and after more than a decade recuperating in the United Kingdom, he returned to his motherland as a successful writer, channeling his experience and anger into creativity. What he couldn’t achieve as a human …

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ISIS facing imminent collapse in Syria’s Raqqa

Syrian government forces and their allies on Saturday said they seized the town of Mayadeen, an Islamic State stronghold in the country’s east, in a major gain in the race for territories previously held by the militant group. The announcement came as U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they were in …

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Turkish military vehicles enter Syria’s Idlib – sources

Turkish military vehicles crossed the Syrian border into Idlib on Sunday, a local resident and a local rebel said, after Ankara announced an operation by rebel groups in the area, which is controlled by rival jihadist alliance Tahrir al-Sham. Both sources said the vehicles travelled under escort from Tahrir al-Sham, …

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Qatar’s Pragmatic Syria Gamble

The 2017 Gulf Crisis between Qatar and its GCC neighbors has developed into a clash of narratives that concerns not only the various regional interests in the Middle East, but also vital U.S. national interests. The Quartet (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) has justified its embargo against Qatar due to its alleged political, ideological and financial support to non-state terror …

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IS claims deadly suicide attack in Syrian capital

The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings in the Syrian capital that killed 17 civilians and policemen the previous day. In Monday’s bombings, two men attacked a police station in the al-Midan neighborhood with several bombs, before one of them blew himself up, …

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How Syria’s Victory Reshapes Mideast

By Alastair Crooke Plainly, Syria’s success – notwithstanding the caution of President Bashar al-Assad in saying that signs of success are not success itself – in resisting, against the odds, all attempts to fell the state suggest that a tipping point in the geopolitics of the region has occurred. We …

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British film-maker killed by Isis militants in Syria

A British film-maker has been killed while working alongside Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria, his friends and Kurdish activists have said. Mehmet Aksoy, 32, from London, was not fighting but working as a press officer for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) when the military base in which he was …

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Russia general killed in Syria fighting

Russia’s Defense Ministry says a general has been killed in fighting in Syria. The ministry said Sunday that Lt. Gen. Valery Asapov “was at a command post of Syrian troops, assisting the Syrian commanders in the operation for the liberation of the city of Deir ez-Zor.” State news agency Tass …

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Russia says Syria government controls 85 percent of country

Russia’s military says Syrian troops have liberated about 85 percent of the war-torn country’s territory from militants. Lt. Gen. Alexander Lapin told reporters on Tuesday at Hemeimeem air base near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia that Syrian government forces have yet to clear the remaining 15 percent, approximately 27,000 …

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