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Christian female fighters take on IS in Syria

Christian female fighters take on IS in Syria

Babylonia has no regrets about leaving behind her two children and her job as a hairdresser to join a Christian female militia battling against the Islamic State group in Syria. The fierce-looking 36-year-old in fatigues from the Syriac Christian minority in the northeast...

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How Saddam's men help Islamic State rule

How Saddam's men help Islamic State rule

Mohannad is a spy for Islamic State. He eavesdrops on chatter in the street markets of Mosul and reports back to his handlers when someone breaks the militant group's rules. One man he informed on this year – a street trader defying a ban on selling cigarettes – was fined and...

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Syrian migrants who lost everything have no reason to comeback ever

Syrian migrants who lost everything have no reason to comeback ever

Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wals- EQTSAD)- The Syrian families have divided and spread over the cities of the country, or in different countries, some parents have not seen their children for more than 5 years, and many children have not been able to see their families and parents...

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Syrian migrants wives revolt against husbands, family bonds at risk

Syrian migrants wives revolt against husbands, family bonds at risk

Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zamanl Al Wasl- Eqtsad )- Many Syrian families have suffered after reaching to Europe from social and familial difficulties, especially when women got benefits of the European law which is more supportive to women and gives them priority in managing the family and...

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Syrian refugees join meteorite search in eastern Turkey

Syrian refugees join meteorite search in eastern Turkey

Syrian refugees in Turkey have been joining the search for meteorite fragments in the eastern province of Bingol. In Saricicek, a village 5 km (3 miles) east of the provincial capital Bingol, showers of extra-terrestrial rocks have fallen on their land since early September. After hearing...

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Souq Al Amara, Damascenes' main destination as prices soar

Souq Al Amara, Damascenes' main destination as prices soar

Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl- Eqtsad )- Souq al Amara, a small and popular marketplace near the Old City of Damascus where almost everything needed for food can be found, but the only difference from the capital’s markets is the low prices where poor and middle class people can...

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The Syrian women fighting to save their city

The Syrian women fighting to save their city

(The Guardian)- Who would want to be a woman in Aleppo? The female population of Syria’s second city find themselves threatened both by the murderous misogynists of Islamic State (Isis) and the Russian allies of the president, Bashar al-Assad, whose bombing raids mean that now even bad...

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Letter from Douma: 'Our children are being killed'

Letter from Douma: 'Our children are being killed'

(Al Jazeera)-  In Syria, the besieged town of Douma, 10km northeast of Damascus, has been under intense regime and Russian shelling for the past few weeks. One resident, Osama Nasser, describes what it is like to live there: It usually begins in the morning, at around 8am, and lasts all...

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Syria's swimming sisters find new home in German waters

Syria's swimming sisters find new home in German waters

 Sarah and Ysra Mardini pull bathing caps over their long, black hair and slide into the water, disappearing among the throng of swimmers with powerful, practiced strokes. Two months ago the sisters were swimming for their lives, after jumping off an inflatable boat that began taking on...

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How the last Jews of Aleppo escaped

How the last Jews of Aleppo escaped

(The Jewish Chronicle)- They came for the last Jews of Aleppo early in the morning. The first that the 88-year-old mother knew of them were the powerful knocks on the front door, a sound that sent her and the rest of the Halabi family cowering in the darkest corners of their...

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Syrian war-wounded turns a leading example as he conquers disability

Syrian war-wounded turns a leading example as he conquers disability

(Writing by Mohamed al Sharif; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Obada al Asemi,  a 20-year-old young man from Dael in Daraa, was targeted by a sniper where his back was injured. Because of lack of medical services in Daraa, he was transferred via mountainous route to Jordan, which worsened his...

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Venus arrested over father defection, despite release more strings attached

Venus arrested over father defection, despite release more strings attached

(By Lama Shammas; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Istanbul/Zaman Al Wasl- In mid-September 2012, Venus, the 17-year old girl, was arrested by the Political Security Branch after her neighbor report to the branch about her activities and her defected father. Her father defected from the Syrian...

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Poverty prevents Syrians of making “Moneh

Poverty prevents Syrians of making “Moneh", their best tradition

Translation by Yusra Ahmed) (Eqtsad) Rural Homs-  “Moneh”, the stored food Syrian families used to make, has been for centuries very essential on meals especially in Winter, and they are stored in special room in houses away from heat and sun Almost 90% of the Syrian families,...

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Mother says her raped imprisoned daughter is dead to not be killed by family

Mother says her raped imprisoned daughter is dead to not be killed by family

(Writing by Lama Shammas; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Amal, the 23-year-old Syrian girl was hesitant to talk about her traumatizing experience during detention in Syrian regime’s prisons. Amal joined the revolution since the beginning, despite she is from Hama, the Syrian city known of...

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Many Uruguayans fed up with complaints from Syrian refugees

Many Uruguayans fed up with complaints from Syrian refugees

When Uruguay announced last year that it would be taking in five families fleeing Syria's devastating civil war, residents of this small town pulled together and lobbied to host one. Then in November, locals welcomed a newly arrived Merhi Alshebli, his wife and their 15...

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No place left to die on Greece's Lesbos for refugees lost at sea

No place left to die on Greece's Lesbos for refugees lost at sea

He stood on the mud, crows cawing overhead, pointing at unmarked graves. "Here's a mother with her baby. And here's another young woman. Over there, that's a 60-year-old man." Buried beneath low mounds of earth, facing Mecca, lay Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian refugees who drowned...

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Humble words of Homsi old woman summarise Syrians’ stand

Humble words of Homsi old woman summarise Syrians’ stand

(Writing by Faris Al Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) An old lady from Zafarana village in Homs’s countryside, expressed her opinion in what has been happening in Syria. In a video surfaced on the internet by activists an old woman appeared while she was grinding on the mill stone and...

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Refugee schools in Lebanon have no funds or support: activists

Refugee schools in Lebanon have no funds or support: activists

(Abdul Hafidh al-Houlani; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) The first day of school for Syrian children is not like others of different countries, as it is full of deprivation, neglect and suffering.  Abo Alaa from Qalamoon, a father of 5 students stood in front of Arena library reading...

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