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Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

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At least 68 children are among the 126 people killed in the attack, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

RASHIDIN, Syria (Apr. 17, 2017) — Nearly 70 children were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitor said on Sunday, April 16. Continue reading Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

Iraq forces make Mosul gains, but anti-ISIS war far from over

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THE MOSUL OFFENSIVE. Iraqi families who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, are seen near Qayyarah, south of Mosul, on October 29, 2016. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Tough close-quarters fighting in heavily-populated areas of Mosul is still ahead, and ISIS also holds territory in other parts of Iraq, as well as in neighboring Syria

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Apr. 16, 2017) — Iraqi forces made major gains in the 6 months since launching the operation to retake Mosul, but the battle for Iraq’s second city and the war against the Islamic State (ISIS) group are far from over. Continue reading Iraq forces make Mosul gains, but anti-ISIS war far from over

Dozens dead as car bomb hits Syria evacuees

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Thousands of evacuees from Fuaa and Kafraya have waited in Rashidin for more than a day when a bomb goes off. The evacuation resumes following the blast

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Apr. 16, 2017) — A suicide car bomb attack on buses carrying Syrians evacuated from 2 besieged government-held towns killed 43 people on Saturday, April 15, as US-backed fighters advanced in their push towards the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) group’s Raqa stronghold. Continue reading Dozens dead as car bomb hits Syria evacuees

Iraq forces advance in renewed Mosul push

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Fire and smoke billow following a car bomb explosion as Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters in Mosul on March 5, 2017, during an offensive to retake the western parts of the city from the jihadists. Aris Messinis/AFP

The operation to retake west Mosul, the largest urban population center still in the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, began on February 19, but had slowed amid several days of bad weather until a renewed drive began March 5

MOSUL, Iraq (Mar. 7, 2017) — Iraqi security forces advanced Monday, March 6, towards a compound of jihadist-held government buildings and a bridgehead, on the second day of a renewed push in west Mosul, officers said. Continue reading Iraq forces advance in renewed Mosul push

Thousands flee anti-ISIS offensives in Iraq and Syria

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DISPLACED. Iraqi families walk down a road as they flee Mosul on March 3, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State fighters. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

In just a little over a week, more than 45,000 are displaced in Iraq and over 26,000 are forced to flee in Syria

MOSUL, Iraq (Mar. 6, 2017 ) — Tens of thousands of civilians have fled offensives against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are battling to keep what remains of their territory, the United Nations (UN) said Sunday, March 5. Continue reading Thousands flee anti-ISIS offensives in Iraq and Syria

UN gives $5M in aid for crisis-hit region in DR Congo

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The grant will be for a maximum period of 6 months to save the lives of about 108,000 people in the violence-wracked Kasai region

KINSHASA, DR Congo (Mar. 5, 2017) — The United Nations announced aid worth $5 million (4.7 million euros) on Saturday, March 4, to help people affected by the humanitarian crisis in the violence-wracked Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading UN gives $5M in aid for crisis-hit region in DR Congo

Iraq minister criticizes UN efforts for displaced civilians in Mosul

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The UN says it is working as fast as possible to help those displaced in the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Mar. 5, 2017) — An Iraqi minister on Saturday, March 4, sharply criticized UN efforts to aid civilians fleeing fighting in west Mosul, even as the United Nations insisted that providing such assistance was the “top priority”. Continue reading Iraq minister criticizes UN efforts for displaced civilians in Mosul