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More than 50 Syrian families released from al-Hol camp

Over 200 Syrians have been released from al-Hol camp in the northeastern governorate of Hasaka, Rojava Information Center (RIJ) announced on Sunday (January 16).


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Iraqis in Syria’s al-Hol camp await repatriation amid ongoing insecurity

Iraqis in Syria’s al-Hol camp in Hasaka are calling on their country to speed-up their repatriation due to ongoing security issues and killings in the notorious camp, North Press Agency (NPA) said on Friday (January 14).


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Kurdish nurse shot and killed in Syria’s al-Hol camp

Unknown assailants believed to be part of an Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cell shot and killed a nurse with the Kurdish Red Crescent in Syria’s al-Hol camp on Tuesday (January 11), North Press Agency said.


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Security forces try to quell protests in rural Raqqa: SOHR

Dozens of families have fled al-Suwaydiyah al-Kabira in Syria’s Raqqa governorate due to security forces’ operations in the village, amid protests over poor living conditions in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday.


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Heavy snowfall blocks roads in three Kurdish provinces in Turkey

Heavy snowfall shut down roads in the provinces of Bingol, Sirnak and Siirt in the southeast of Turkey.


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Destruction of archeological sites continues in Afrin: SOHR

Syria’s ancient archeological heritage continues to suffer destruction at the hands of Turkish-backed factions in the country as smuggling of artifacts carries on in Afrin, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights reported on Monday.


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PYD condemns Turkey’s ‘genocidal attacks’ against Kobane

The Democratic Union Party (PYD), the leading Kurdish party in Syria issued a statement condemning Turkey’s attacks on the city of Kobane, Firat News Agency (ANF) said on Sunday (January 9).


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Iraq repatriates bodies of 150 soldiers to Iran

The remains of 150 Iranian soldiers were returned to Iran from Iraq after 35 years on Thursday (January 6).


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Temperatures drop far below zero in Eastern Turkey

The temperature dropped to -18 degrees below zero in the predominately Kurdish province of Agri on Tuesday (January 4).


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Coalition targets rocket launch sites in Syria due to 'imminent threat'

The US-led coalition conducted strikes against rocket launch sites believed to be an “imminent threat” to the Green Village installation in eastern Syria,


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Energy prices climb in Turkey amid highest inflation in decade

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s government greatly increased prices on electricity and natural gas amid skyrocketing inflation over the past decade, Reuters reported on Saturday (January 1).


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First hearing held in trial over murder of HDP member Deniz Poyraz

The case against Onur Gencer for the murder of Deniz Poyraz held its first hearing in Izmir on Wednesday (December 29).


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Two injured in attack on HDP office in Istanbul

An armed assailant wounded two members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) at their branch office in Bahcelivler in Istanbul on Tuesday (December 28), according to Mesopotamia Agency.


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Turkey says coast guard rescues nearly 100 migrants

The Turkish coast guard says it rescued 98 migrants in separate groups in Izmir’s Kusadasi sub-district, the country’s state media said on Tuesday (December 28).


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Iran shuts borders in effort to stop spread of Omnicron variant

A spokesperson for Iran’s Customs Office said the country has closed its borders for 15 days in an effort to decrease the spread of the Omnicron strain of the coronavirus.


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SDF says ISIS emir who plotted prison break arrested

Syrian Democratic Forces said on Saturday (December 25) they have arrested one of the most dangerous Islamic State (ISIS) emirs, the group’s media center said.


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Iranian President Raisi says deal can be reached if sanctions lifted

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday (December 11) an agreement can be reached on the nuclear deal if the U.S. and other countries insist on lifting sanctions.


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Syrian army unit oversees massive drug trade, NYT says

An investigation by the New York Times revealed an elite unit of the Syrian army has been managing the production and distribution of an addictive amphetamine popular in the Middle East.


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Clashes break out between Iran, Taliban at border

Fighting broke out on Wednesday (December 1) between Iran’s border security and Afghanistan’s Taliban over a “border misunderstanding” Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported.


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'Ongoing wave of arbitrary detention' in Iranian Kurdistan: rights group

Four men were arrested in Iranian Kurdistan in the early hours of Sunday morning (November 14), bringing the total number of civilians detained without a warrant since Thursday to 32, a rights group said.


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