Suicide blast may be a taste of what’s to come as US forces leave Syria

Sha'fa, Syria (CNN)The drive down to the frontlines with ISIS is long and dangerous. Our escorts from the Kurdish-led forces insisted on taking us in armored vehicles from their base in the al-Omar oilfield. There are ISIS sleeper cells all around, they explained. They come out at night to plant…

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Two Americans accused of fighting for ISIS were captured in Syria, militia says

(CNN)The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured two Americans in Syria who are suspected of being ISIS fighters, the militia said in press release Sunday. A Pentagon spokesman said the incident is under investigation. “We are aware of open source reports of reportedly American citizens currently in custody who were…

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Turkey’s Erdogan calls for renewed peace efforts in Syria

Istanbul (CNN)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an increase in efforts to establish peace in Syria after meeting his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Thursday. Rouhani said the relationship between the two countries was based on mutual interests. “Turkey and Iran are in agreement when it comes to preserving…

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Yemen: Fighting escalates in Hodeidah despite ceasefire call

(CNN)Violence in Yemen’s key port city of Hodeidah is the worst seen in months, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator has warned, putting more civilian lives at risk in the war-torn country. The UN children’s agency, Unicef, warned that intense fighting in Hodeidah was putting children in the city’s hospital in…

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