Tag: Syria

Coronavirus Refugees: The World’s Most Vulnerable Face Pandemic

In an embattled enclave in Syria, doctors have seen patients die from what looks like the coronavirus but are unable to treat them because they lack beds, protective gear and medical professionals. A refugee camp in Bangladesh is so cramped that its population density is nearly four times that of New York City, making social […]

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Citing Death Penalty, U.K. Court Blocks Giving Evidence on ISIS ‘Beatles’ to U.S.

WASHINGTON — The British government must withhold key evidence from the United States for the trial of two Islamic State detainees because the Trump administration has not provided assurances that the men will not be executed, the British Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. The detainees were half of a cell of four ISIS Britons who […]

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The Un-American

In late 2014, a young woman named Hoda Muthana slipped away from her Alabama home to travel to Syria as one more volunteer for the Islamic State. Over the ensuing years, her parents, Ahmed Ali and Sadiqa, experienced the rise and fall of the caliphate through their daughter’s WhatsApp messages, which morphed from semi-reassuring updates […]

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For Children Fleeing War, a Tent Becomes a School

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The camp school is only a tent — cold and cramped, its floor covered by a rug whose intricate pattern is hard to make out under the crowd of kneeling students. The walls are plastic sheets. There are no desks, no chairs, no toilet, hardly any books. But there is a whiteboard. […]

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Thanks to Sanctions, Russia Is Cushioned From Coronavirus’ Economic Shocks

MOSCOW — Six years ago, the United States and the European Union slammed the door on Western bank loans for Russian companies, starving the country’s oil and banking industries of financing. The harsh measures were intended to punish Russia for military interventions in Ukraine and Syria and for meddling in the 2016 American election to […]

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‘Wash Our Hands? Some People Can’t Wash Their Kids for a Week.’

MAARAT MISRIN, Syria — In northwestern Syria, where a million people who have fled the civil war are sheltering in muddy tent camps and abandoned buildings, the spread of the coronavirus could wreak untold disaster on a devastated region. Forget hand washing and social distancing, the preventive measures recommended by health authorities around the world. […]

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With Cease-Fire in Place, Syrians Return for Belongings, but Not to Stay

BALYOUN, Syria — Families sifted through the bombed-out ruins of their shops and homes on Thursday in the front-line Syrian town of Balyoun, using a fragile cease-fire between Russia and Turkey to retrieve their belongings but voicing little trust that it would last. “We will never come back,” said Isam Alloush, a flash of sorrow […]

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3 Men Sentenced to 125 Years Each in Drowning of Syrian Refugee Boy

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Critics Hear Political Tone as Pompeo Calls Out Diplomatic Rivals Over Human Rights

WASHINGTON — Four nations that are among the Trump administration’s top diplomatic adversaries were singled out on Wednesday for rampant human rights violations, raising questions of whether the State Department’s annual review of civil liberties protections worldwide was being politicized. In previewing the 2019 human rights report — an assessment of 199 countries and foreign […]

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‘The Only Choice Is to Wait for Death’

IDLIB, Syria — Before the war in Syria, Idlib city, with its tree-lined avenues and white-stone buildings, was known for its calm, provincial air. Today it overflows with families who fled the war in other parts of Syria, swelling the population to nearly a million people. Some shelter in bombed-out buildings. Those who can’t find […]

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A Balancing Act for Europe: Stop the Migrants, Support Greece, Assuage Turkey

BRUSSELS — The European Union still has nightmares about the mismanaged chaos of the 2015 influx of migrants and refugees, which produced horrible pictures of dead children, masses of unregistered people wandering the roads, political divisions and a significant boost to far-right populism across the Continent. Turkey’s vow to let hundreds of thousands more leave […]

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U.N. Panel Says Russia Bombed Syrian Civilian Targets, a War Crime

GENEVA — United Nations investigators said on Monday that Russia had committed war crimes in Syria by carrying out indiscriminate airstrikes on civilian targets in 2019, condemning tactics they said the Syrian government and its allies were still using in the northwest province of Idlib. The investigators also said that Syrian rebels allied with Turkey […]

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Turkey Declares Major Offensive Against Syrian Government

ISTANBUL — Turkey said on Sunday that it was launching a major counteroffensive against the Syrian government, for the first time openly declaring war on the government of Bashar al-Assad and steeply escalating Ankara’s involvement in Syria’s nine-year war. The announcement came three days after Turkey suffered its worst military losses in a single attack […]

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Turkey ‘Opened the Doors’ for Migrants Into Europe, Erdogan Says

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey declared on Saturday that he had opened his country’s borders for migrants to cross into Europe, saying that Turkey could no longer handle the numbers fleeing the war in Syria. “What did we do yesterday?” he said in a televised speech. “We opened the doors.” His comments […]

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Turkey Vows to Resist Attacks Against Its Forces in Syria

ISTANBUL — Turkey vowed on Friday to resist further aggression against its troops in northwestern Syria, a day after Russian or Syrian air and artillery strikes killed 33 Turkish soldiers, bringing Russia and Turkey close to open conflict. NATO ambassadors met on Friday in an emergency session called by Turkey, a member state. European officials […]

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In Syria and Libya, Trump Is Torn Over 2 Wars, and 2 Strongmen

WASHINGTON — President Trump has long sought to avoid confronting the leaders of Turkey and Russia — two foreign strongmen who are facing off in civil wars in Syria and Libya. But after an airstrike on Thursday that killed dozens of Turkish troops in northwest Syria, Mr. Trump may be forced to pick a side. […]

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Airstrike Hits Turkish Forces in Syria

ISTANBUL — The Turkish army suffered mass casualties in an airstrike in northwest Syria late Thursday, an attack that could dramatically change the course of the Syrian war. At least 22 Turkish soldiers were killed, said Rahmi Dogan, the Turkish governor of the southern province of Hatay, where the Turkish casualties were arriving. News reports […]

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Children Freeze to Death as Attack Prompts Largest Exodus of Syrian War

REYHANLI, Turkey — The baby wasn’t moving. Her body had gone hot, then cold. Her father rushed her to a hospital, going on foot when he could not find a car, but it was too late. At 18 months, Iman Leila had frozen to death. In the half-finished concrete shell that had been home since […]

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Syria’s Drawn-Out Agony

The Syrian civil war has entered its end game and it is as gruesome and fraught as any stretch in the hellish nine-year struggle. As the Syrian troops of Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, move to clear the last rebel-held enclave in northwestern Syria, some 900,000 civilian refugees — more than half of them children […]

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Under O’Brien, N.S.C. Carries Out Trump’s Policy, but Doesn’t Develop It

WASHINGTON — When President Trump’s national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, convenes meetings with top National Security Council officials at the White House, he sometimes opens by distributing printouts of Mr. Trump’s latest tweets on the subject at hand. The gesture amounts to an implicit challenge for those present. Their job is to find ways […]

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