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Anna Campbell’s death in Syria was futile, but her passion was admirable | Simon Jenkins

The humanitarian sympathy she showed by leaving Britain to fight for the Kurds should not be dismissed “She wanted to create a better world and would do everything in her power to do that.” The words of Anna Campbell’s father on her death in Syria convey the heartbreak any parent would feel. Show More Summary

French consulate worker accused of smuggling arms to Palestine

Frenchman Romain Franck in court in Israel for allegedly using consulate vehicle for gun runs A French citizen working for France’s consulate in Jerusalem has appeared in court in Israel on suspicion of smuggling dozens of weapons to Palestinians, officials have said. Show More Summary

British woman killed fighting Turkish forces in Afrin

Anna Campbell believed to be the first British woman to die alongside Kurdish forces in Syria • Syria’s new exiles: Kurds flee Afrin after Turkish assault A British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Afrin, northern Syria, has been killed, her Kurdish commanders have said. Show More Summary

Kurdish militia vows to make Afrin 'an ongoing nightmare' for Turks

YPG plans hit-and-run attacks on Turkish and Syrian rebel forces after pulling out of besieged city Kurdish militants have vowed to wage a guerrilla war against the Turkish military and their Syrian rebel proxies after the latter swept into the northern Syrian city of Afrin, seizing control from Kurdish forces. Show More Summary

Israeli security guard stabbed to death in Jerusalem

28-year-old Palestinian assailant was shot dead by police after attack in Old City An Israeli security guard has died of wounds suffered in a stabbing attack carried out by a suspected Palestinian assailant in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said. The assailant was shot and killed by police at the scene. Continue reading...

Rebels in Syria's eastern Ghouta discussing ceasefire with UN – statement

Main rebel group in talks about aid and evacuation of sick and wounded as President Assad visits troops The main rebel group in the southern pocket of Syria’s opposition-held eastern Ghouta has said it is negotiating with a United Nations delegation about a ceasefire, aid and the evacuation of urgent medical cases. Show More Summary

Trump's firings signal hawkish turn on North Korea and Iran

Recent dismissals shows the president is gaining confidence in his foreign policy instincts, and surrounding himself with allies The end, when it comes to a job in the Trump administration, can be messy and brutal. The secretary of state,...Show More Summary

Turkey claims Afrin city centre is under 'total' control

Erdo?an says Turkish forces have taken Kurdish-majority city in Syria after two-month offensive Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have taken total control of the centre of Afrin, a Kurdish-majority city in northern Syria, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, has said. Show More Summary

Little Baghdad: a chance to break bread with Iraqi refugees fleeing war and trauma

Parents Café cultural event aims to foster conversations between Sydneysiders and Iraqi immigrants When Najat Alkmamees was a housewife in Baghdad – looking after her husband, a teacher, and their children – she often spent time in her garden. Show More Summary

Pleas for safe passage for civilians trapped in eastern Ghouta

Doctors and civil leaders among signatories to open letter to the UN, demanding action to stop massacre by Syrian forces Doctors and civilians in the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta have published open letters asking for their safe...Show More Summary

Child’s tears spark weightlifting protest that raises bar for Iran’s sportswomen

Officials are finally allowing females to compete after the banning of two young girls caused global embarrassment If you are good at weightlifting in Iran, you can become as rich as a Premier League footballer. The country boasts 300 professional weightlifters, dedicated arenas in every sizable town, and full-time officials in all 31 provinces. Show More Summary

Turkey claims to have encircled Afrin, besieging up to 200,000

Inhabitants of majority Kurdish Syrian city fear a blockade and bombardment are imminent Turkey claims to have encircled Afrin in northern Syria, besieging up to 200,000 civilians, many of whom were attempting to flee what they fearShow More Summary

At least 78 killed in day of violence as eastern Ghouta exodus continues

Most of deaths, including at least 13 children, were in town of Kfar Batna, with toll expected to rise The death toll in another day of violence in the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta continued to rise on Friday with at least 78 new deaths, a day after thousands fled in desperation and largely emptied an entire town of its inhabitants. Show More Summary

US military helicopter crashes in Iraq near Syrian border, fatalities feared

AHH-60 helicopter crashed near al-Qaim, a town in Anbar province, according to a US official A US military aircraft carrying US service members crashed in western Iraq, US Central Command said in a statement late on Thursday. “Rescue teams are responding to the scene of the downed aircraft at this time,” the statement said. Continue reading...

Saudi crown prince warns it will build nuclear bomb if Tehran does the same

Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pressing the US to allow Saudi Arabia to enrich uranium in return for choosing American nuclear technology Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has set out plans for Saudi Arabia to develop nuclear weapons if Tehran makes the same move in the event of a collapse of the international nuclear deal signed in 2015. Show More Summary

Civilians without hope, a leader without a country: call this a victory?

Assad claims he has restored sovereignty to Syria, but grievances remain deep for both vanquished and victors The beginning of the end for Ghouta came first with a trickle. Desperate, hungry and scared, Syria’s newest displaced people...Show More Summary

Convoy carrying food and medical supplies reaches Syria's rebel-held Ghouta

Desperately needed aid entered a battered rebel enclave near Syria’s capital on Monday, the first time supplies have been delivered there since mid-February, even as government troops continued their all-out offensive to rout opposition fighters in the area. According to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent,...

Netanyahu begins visit to U.S., putting aside personal and political troubles at home

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, landed in Washington on Sunday in the midst of a convergence of crises at home with little precedence. Netanyahu’s government is teetering on the verge of collapse over the latest threat presented by an ultra-Orthodox party to his coalition...

In a new crop of television dramas, Syria confronts its civil war

The Syrian soldier sprinted past the pulverized buildings, swerving at a rubble-strewn roundabout before coming to a stop at the entrance of an abandoned shop. He saluted the officers huddled inside, struggling to catch his breath to speak. “Sir, I need to —” he stammered. A voice from the side...

?Eastern Ghouta cut in two as Syrian army seizes ground

Government forces put squeeze on rebels and tens of thousands of civilians trapped in enclave Syrian government forces have seized vast swathes of territory from rebels in the opposition-held suburbs of Damascus, effectively dividing...Show More Summary

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