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After refuge in northwest Syria, a family again faces danger

After refuge in northwest Syria, a family again faces danger

After losing her husband, a son and her home to Syria's eight-year war, Yusra al-Shomali and her daughters found refuge in rebel-held territory near the Turkish border. But as a Syrian army offensive intensifies, their safety may be put at risk. Shomali's experience of fear, siege, hunger,...

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Iraq weighs captives' rights against fear of new Islamic State

Iraq weighs captives' rights against fear of new Islamic State

Iraqi farmer Shaker Salih says he feared Islamic State, but feared its defeat even more. His problem is persuading people to believe that he did not support the jihadists. When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from his home town in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad, Salih left with the...

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Syrian dissident stages hunger strike in Turkey

Syrian dissident stages hunger strike in Turkey

A Syrian political dissident has been on a hunger strike in Istanbul, Turkey for 11 days after Canada failed to follow through on his application for asylum for himself and his family, who he has not seen in years. Ammar al-Sheikh Haidar, the brother of Ali Haidar, Syria’s former minister...

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Inside Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons: How al-Assad Crushed Dissent

Inside Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons: How al-Assad Crushed Dissent

Syrian security officers hung Muhannad Ghabbash from his wrists for hours, beat him bloody, shocked him with electricity and stuck a gun in his mouth. Mr. Ghabbash, a law student from Aleppo, repeatedly confessed his actual offense: organizing peaceful antigovernment protests. But the...

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