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FSA seeks solution to detained ISIS militants

FSA seeks solution to detained ISIS militants

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Tens of former ISIS militants including Egyptians, Tunisians, Russians, Frenchmen, Uzbeks and even Syrians have been, with their families, in the custody of the Free Syrian Army, after uprooting ISIS from northern Aleppo province. Most of them reside in special camps...

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Cannabis trade 'flourishes' in northeastern Syria

Cannabis trade 'flourishes' in northeastern Syria

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The sell and use of drugs have become a public and widespread phenomenon among youths in northern Syria in general and in the Qamishli province especially. Drug traffickers have increased their activities because there is no effective force on the ground deterring them from...

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Eastern Ghouta, Syria reduced to ruins by Assad regime

Eastern Ghouta, Syria reduced to ruins by Assad regime

While fierce regime shelling of Syria's besieged Eastern Ghouta district continues, thousands of civilians have fled, with many of those remaining forced to live in shelters. Since last November, Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, has continued to be the target of fierce attacks by...

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Desperate to come home, Syrians brave IS mines in Raqa

Desperate to come home, Syrians brave IS mines in Raqa

RAQA (AFP) -  Mohammed Kuraji returned to Syria's Raqa to prepare a homecoming but ended up organising a funeral. Stepping into his home, an unexploded mine detonated and killed his elderly father. "It was terrifying. The blast was so strong that I couldn't hear," said the...

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Crossings Become 'golden Hen Laying Golden Eggs'

Crossings Become 'golden Hen Laying Golden Eggs'

(Eqtsad)- Goods, food and building materials enter through regime forces and militias-controlled crossings into the besieged areas of northern Homs and southern Hama countryside.  The goods are entered without being subject to any common customs laws between countries, but are...

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Burglary mounts in opposition-held Daraa province

Burglary mounts in opposition-held Daraa province

  (Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian people’s calamities have continued without giving citizens a chance to catch their breaths. Syrians have been destined to swing between the trials of death, displacement and destruction as they watch a lifetime of effort disappear before their eyes. For...

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Sick of exile, Syrians start to trickle back home

Sick of exile, Syrians start to trickle back home

Desperate to escape Syria’s terrors, Ammar Maarawi bolted. In early 2016, he paid smugglers and endured a dangerous sea crossing to Greece and an exhausting journey by train, bus and foot through Europe. Two years later, the 36-year-old is back home in Aleppo. He returned last summer...

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Atareb: local campaign to stop violence against women

Atareb: local campaign to stop violence against women

By Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- Several plastic mannequins appeared on window shops in the town of Atareb in northern Aleppo province. The faces were marked by red and blue to show bruises.  They wrote statements next to the mannequins encouraging men to treat women...

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Drugs in Opposition Areas: The Other Battlefield

Drugs in Opposition Areas: The Other Battlefield

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The seven years of Syria's war have imposed more serious repercussions than the war itself. The repercussions started to storm the society in order to weaken and dismantle and eventually destroy it. The war repercussions reflect in the spread of addiction and...

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Daraa children suffer deteriorating education process

Daraa children suffer deteriorating education process

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Daraa province celebrated the erasure of illiteracy among the 15-45 age group in 2009, but after the Syrian revolution began, the schools on whose walls the first slogans of freedom were written, became a threat to the lives of children and targets for the military...

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Life slowly returns to shattered Aleppo

Life slowly returns to shattered Aleppo

Aleppo’s largest square was packed with people of all ages: young men performing a folk dance, children playing, others buying ice cream, popcorn, peanuts and salted pumpkin seeds. A giant sign spelled out in colorful English letters, “I love Aleppo.”  The scene in Saadallah...

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Syrians May Escape War But Not Its Side Effects

Syrians May Escape War But Not Its Side Effects

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Social media observer can notice the the deep gap between the segments of Syrian society since 2011. This great refraction was not confined to the limits of the virtual world only, but divided the Syrian arena between the pro-Assad regime and opposition in the ranks of the...

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War remnants: 2 million Syrians with psychological disorder

War remnants: 2 million Syrians with psychological disorder

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The fierce war in Syria did not leave anyone without a grave effect on their spirit. Death may be the least of those effects, as some Syrians say, because those who died have ended their torment from the moment of the soul's descent into their Creator. Those who have not...

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Activists launch campaign to stop Syrian women marrying foreign fighters

Activists launch campaign to stop Syrian women marrying foreign fighters

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian activists launched a campaign in northern Idlib province demanding immediate halt of foreign jihadists' marriage. “Who is your husband” seeks expose the danger of Syrian women marrying foreigners present in Syria. The campaign comes due to the...

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With $100 Million Grant, Sesame Workshop Reaches Out To Refugee Kids

With $100 Million Grant, Sesame Workshop Reaches Out To Refugee Kids

In January, Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee will start work on what they're calling "the largest childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response." Funded by a $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, the project aims to reach 9.4 million Syrian...

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14-year-old refugee from Syria dreams of Paralympics

14-year-old refugee from Syria dreams of Paralympics

Najib Alhaj Ali is 14 years old. Two years ago he was left with a spinal cord injury, unable to feel anything below his naval, after a bomb attack on his home in in Homs, Syria. His father took him to a make-shift clinic after the attack but did not manage to get treatment. His...

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Ain al-Fijah turned ghost town as Iran eyes on water spring: residents

Ain al-Fijah turned ghost town as Iran eyes on water spring: residents

(Zaman Al Wasl)- “A town of angels invaded by ghosts,” is how an activist from the Ain al-Fijah town, 25 km (17 miles) northwest of Damascus,  described the situation of the town more than a year after the displacement of its people and the expropriation of their land and property...

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Aleppo’s first displacement anniversary

Aleppo’s first displacement anniversary

By Yousef  Halabi  (Zaman Al Wasl)- December 22, 2016 was not a normal day for the people of Aleppo. It was a day associated with an infamous human tragedy that will never be forgotten.  The al-Assad regime, with Russian and Iranian support, displaced thousands of...

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