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Lebanese textiles factory shuts its doors in dire economy

10 Apr 2019

BEIRUT The Mzannar family's 300-year-old textile business survived Lebanon's civil war by making uniforms for militiamen. But its business savvy was no match for years of economic malaise that followed and it has now shut its factory.

Hundreds surrender in last Islamic State enclave as SDF advance

15 Mar 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria Islamic State militants along with women and children surrendered in the hundreds to U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria on Thursday as the jihadists lost ground in their last shred of territory. | Video

Islamic State counter-attacks out of final Syria enclave fall short - U.S.-backed SDF

13 Mar 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria Islamic State launched two counter-attacks on U.S.-backed fighters besieging their final shred of territory in eastern Syria on Wednesday but were beaten back without any progress, the Syrian Democratic Forces said.

After defeating Islamic State, Syrian Kurds eye political battle

13 Mar 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria Syrian Kurdish authorities that led the fight against Islamic State are prepping for their next battle: a political struggle to win international recognition for their autonomous region and aid to help it recover from the war.

Exclusive: Two Belgian women, renouncing Islamic State, fear kids will never go home

11 Mar 2019

AIN ISSA, Syria Two Belgian women who joined Islamic State in Syria said on Sunday they were losing hope they will ever go home after a Belgian court overturned a ruling to repatriate them with their six children.  | Video

Exclusive: Islamic State fighter wants to return to Italy, warns of 'sleeper cells'

10 Mar 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria An Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life, saying he had abandoned the self-styled jihadist "caliphate" after growing disillusioned with its rulers.

Islamic State extremism on show at 'miserable' Syria camp

08 Mar 2019

AL-HOL CAMP, Syria Foreign women with Islamic State have tried to assault others they deem "infidels" at a camp where they are being held in northeast Syria, trying to impose their views even as the jihadists are facing territorial defeat, Reuters journalists visiting the site have found.

Syrian Kurds want secure border strip, reject Turkish 'safe zone'

08 Mar 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria The Kurdish-led authorities in northern Syria want a multinational force to deploy at the Turkish border and reject the creation of a large "safe zone" that Turkey hopes to control, a Kurdish politician told Reuters.

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrender in east Syria

06 Mar 2019

NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrendered on Wednesday and hundreds more of their comrades were caught trying to escape the jihadist group's last, tiny scrap of land in eastern Syria, said a commander in the militia besieging it.

Hundreds of jihadists surrender in eastern Syria enclave

05 Mar 2019

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria Hundreds of Islamic State militants have surrendered as they left the group's last enclave in eastern Syria amid more than 6,500 people, mostly civilians, who were evacuated in the last 24 hours, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian force battling the jihadists said on Tuesday.

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