Syrian Democratic Forces urge ISIS fighters in Raqqa to surrender before end of May

After liberating the Tabqa Dam earlier this month, SDF forces are only kilometers away from Raqqa.

nsnbc : The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) urged ISIS fighters in Raqqa to surrender before the end of May ahead of an assault on the city. The SDF promised no harm would come to those Islamic State fighters who lay down their arms and turn themselves in before the expected assault. After liberating the Tabqa Dam earlier this month, SDF More...

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By nsnbc On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
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Can Trump find the elusive land of Peacerael?

 nsnbc : U.S. President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, said both Israeli and Palestinian leaders were ready for peace. The statement was made alongside Israeli Prime Minister benjamin Netanyahu in a speech at the Israel More...

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By nsnbc On Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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Trump visits Israel: No to Israeli leaders at the Western Wall in Palestine

nsnbc : U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Israel after a direct flight from Saudi Arabia. Trump’s two-day visit to Israel includes separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and More...

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By Fahwad Al-Khadoumi On Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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Turkey steps up training of Free Syrian Army in bid to crack down on Kurds and Balkanize Syria

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : Turkey has further stepped up its training and support of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in a bid to crack down on Kurds in Syria and to further carve out a Turkish sphere of interest in More...

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By nsnbc On Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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State of emergency won’t be lifted until peace is restored: Edogan

nsnbc : Turkey’s President and newly re-elected AKP party chief and “Head of State” R. Tayyip Erdogan confirmed rights activists fears when he said the state of emergency that was declared after More...

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By nsnbc On Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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Iran deported nearly 130,000 Afghan refugees in 2017

nsnbc : The Iranian government forced nearly 130,000 undocumented Afghan refugees to return this year and aims at returning about 600,000 by the end of 2017. With Afghan government services having problem coping More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Sunday, May 21st, 2017
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Trump meets regional and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia: Can he say “counterterrorism” without biting his tongue?

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : On day two of his visit to Saudi Arabia, U.S.-President Donald Trump has a number of individual meetings with several of the region’s political leaders and participate in a roundtable More...

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By nsnbc On Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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Trump and Salman sign nearly $110 billion US – Saudi defense deal

nsnbc : Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and U.S. President Donald Trump signed a nearly $110 billion defense deal on Saturday to bolster Saudi Arabia’s military capabilities amidst rising More...

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By nsnbc On Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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Rouhani wins Iran’s presidential election

nsnbc : President Hassan Rouhani has won the country’s presidential elections over his main rivals Ebrahim Raisi, Mustafa Hashmi Taba and Mustafa Mir Salim. Rouhani vowed he would continue opening the country’s More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Friday, May 19th, 2017
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US-led coalition bombs unspecified “pro-regime forces” in Syria

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : US-led coalition air forces carried out air strikes against what was described as pro-regime forces near An-Tanf in Syria on May 18, in one of Syria’s de-escalation zones, allegedly More...