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Rights group blasts IS for atrocities, Iraq, Syria policies
www.usnews.com

BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the Syrian and Iraqi governments over what the New York-based group described as "sectarian and abusive" policies that fuel extremism.

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Suburban American Teen Who Wanted To Join ISIS Gets 4 …
www.businessinsider.com

A US court jailed a "radicalized" Colorado teenager intercepted by the FBI when she attempted to join her fiance in the Islamic State (IS) group to fight in Syria. Shannon Conley, 19, will serve four years in prison for providing …

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Jesuit laments car bomb attack in Syria, scorns media silence
www.catholicnewsagency.com

Homs, Syria, Jan 28, 2015 / 05:09 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- “Most of them were students at the university, young people who had not left the city. So what sort of message does this attack send out now? I believe they were deliberately targeted.”

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Syrian refugees to begin arriving in Louisville
www.courier-journal.com

Twenty-one Syrian refugees will arrive in Louisville over the next two weeks, a figure expected to increase in Kentucky and beyond as the U.S. begins to take in an expanded number of refugees fleeing Syria's bloody civil war. The refugees, from four …

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Syria crisis: Winter's tiniest survivors
blogs.unicef.org.uk

Access to health services for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, where services are largely privatised, is one of the major challenges to these families and to the humanitarian aid agencies trying to help them with this access. As the triplets were generally …

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Syria border town in ruins after Kurds drive out ISIS
www.dailystar.com.lb

AIN AL-ARAB, Syria: Pulverized buildings, heavily armed fighters roaming otherwise deserted rubble-strewn streets: The ferocious battle for Ain al-Arab has left the Syrian border town in ruins, according to a team of AFP journalists who arrived there …

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Israeli Jets Strike Back After Syria's Golan Attack
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Israeli airforce jets struck Syrian army artillery positions near the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, the military said, in retaliation for rockets launched in the area the previous day. Tensions have escalated in the border region in the …

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Retired generals: US set for failure in Iraq and Syria without clear strategy
www.washingtonpost.com

Without a clear strategy from the White House and the return of a robust defense budget, the United States is set for failures in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, argued former generals James Mattis and John Keane, as well as former admiral William Fallon …

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