Report: 2019 review of sleeper cell attacks and anti-ISIS raids in North and East Syria

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Key findings • The months leading up to September saw a steady month-on-month decrease in ISIS sleeper cell attacks, and an increase in SDF anti-ISIS raids. Following the Turkish invasion in October, the number of attacks has consistently…

2019 Year in Review for North and East Syria

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Syrian Kurdish officials take emergency steps to deal with economic crisis

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In Syria, Captured Islamic State Fighters, Followers Going Home

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Norsk regering planlægger krisemøde efter sag om IS-kvinde

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Correr, soplar la ceniza, seguir

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UK’s attempt to resettle refugee children from Syria to be rejected

Officials say they won’t allow the children to be reunited with family in the UK unless their mother joins them The government has said it could allow Mehak Aslam’s four children to return to Britain, if she and her husband Shahan Choudhury…

The naked & the dead

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