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May 24, 2017

Cadets from the Interior Security Forces of Raqqa, the first police force formed by the international coalition in charge of maintaining order in Syria's northern Raqa province, take part in a training in the courtyard of a school in Ain Eissa, some 50 kilometres north of Raqqa on May 23, 2017. (AFP/Ayham al-Mohammed
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Eight Daesh militants were killed as the battle kicked off in the region where the Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi borders meet.

May 23, 2017

The blast occurred in the predominantly Alawite al-Zahra neighbourhood, located east of the city of Homs. (AFP)
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Daesh claims two blasts in Homs and Damascus, Syria,
Some 10,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley have been ordered to pick up and move elsewhere. (AFP/File)
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The Lebanese army has ordered the eviction of 10,000 refugees living in the Bekaa Valley, sparking fears that it could lead to forced returns to Syria - which would be a violation of international law.
Police arrested a Syrian man accused of war crimes in April. (AFP/File)
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The accused allegedly led a group that tortured and killed supporters of Assad, suspected spies, and Kurds.

May 22, 2017

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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Donald Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia struck a somewhat softer tone than previous remarks in which he stated, 'I think Islam hates us.'

May 21, 2017

A refugee looks through a window at the arrival centre for refugees near the town on Kirkenes in northern Norway on Nov. 11, 2015. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)
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A year after reaching a safe haven, refugees are suffering breakdowns as PTSD and depressive disorders go unaddressed.

May 19, 2017

Syrian Peace Talks in Astana. (AFP/ Krill Kudryavtsev)
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The UN says Syria’s warring parties have agreed to set up expert committees to discuss "constitutional issues” as part of efforts to facilitate a political resolution of the deadly conflict in the Arab country.
Archive photo of US F-18s flying operations over Iraq against Daesh (AFP)
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At least eight people died when US-led coalition forces carried out an airstrike against Syrian government allies near the Iraqi border on Thursday, a monitoring group has said.
A Daesh militant (file photo, image for illustrative purposes only)
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More than 50 people were killed in an Islamic State group assault on two regime-held villages in central Syria on Thursday including women and children, according to reports.

May 17, 2017

A new Syrian constitution is one of four separate "baskets" that U.N.-backed talks are focused on. (AFP)
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Syrian opposition pledge not to walk away from a new round of peace talks in Geneva.
Women walk by Syrian Red Crescent vehicles in Damascus' north eastern al-Qaboun suburb on May 16, 2017, after the formerly rebel-held neighbourhood was retaken by Syrian government forces. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant went on to say that Assad's actions in Syria amounts to nothing less than a 'genocide.'
Rukban refugee camp, northern Jordan (File photo)
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It is not yet known how many have been injured in the latest attack on the refugee camp.
Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags during a rally in front of the White House in Washington,DC on May 16, 2017. (AFP/Olivier Douliery)
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Turkey's President Erdogan has called for the US' decision to arm the YPG to be reversed.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura gestures as he speaks during a press conference on the eve of a sixth round of Syria peace talks on May 15, 2017 at the United Nations office in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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On Tuesday US officials claimed up to 50 prisoners a day were being executed and their bodies disposed of at Saydnaya Prison.
changing dynamics on the ground could lead to the decision to move the corridor 140 miles south for Iran. (AFP)
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Iran is diverting the course of a land corridor it aims to carve through Syria ultimately linking Tehran, through Iraq, to the Mediterranean coast.

May 16, 2017

The deaths came after another strike by the US-led coalition in Raqa province on Sunday that killed 12 women. (AFP)
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US led airstrikes kill 23 civilians in a Syrian town on the border with Iraq.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
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A report by Amnesty International in February outlined various abuses by the Syrian government at Sednaya and called the prison a 'human slaughterhouse.

May 15, 2017

A member of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) walks with a Kalashnikov assault rifle slung behind his back.
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Experts say the U.S. decision to arm Kurdish forces in Syria will strengthen U.S.-backed forces fighting ISIS and result in possible tacit agreements between the U.S. and unlikely partners.
Bana al-Abed receiving her Turkish citizenship from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Twitter)
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Bana captured the world's attention with her vivid portrayals of Syria's war from her home in east Aleppo.

May 14, 2017

Mohammed Assaf, the Palestinian winner of the second season of Arab Idol. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
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Unlike reality TV shows in the West, in the Arab World it becomes a form of political participation - and the winners have to take up the banner of uniting their country.
Members of the Iraqi forces get ready in Mosul's northwestern al-Haramat neighborhood before going to the front line on May 13, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Daesh fighters. (AFP/Fadel Senna)
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Defeating Daesh means changing the root cause of the problem, and giving people a third choice besides one oppressor and another.

May 12, 2017

YPG fighters in Raqqa, December 2016 (Wikimedia Commons)
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Operation Wrath of the Euphrates to liberate the Syrian city from ISIS will begin in early summer.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin (AFP)
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Russia insisted Thursday that the US contribution to the memorandum on establishing de-escalation zones in Syria should be acceptable for Damascus in the first place.
Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces stand on the Tabqa dam recaptured during their drive on the Islamic State group's stronghold in nearby Raqa. (AFP)
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The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) have taken the pivotal city of Tabqa and the dam there from Daesh, US Central Command said Thursday.