The precise number of children bornas a result of sexual violence perpetrated by ISIS fighters is difficult to establish, but in March 2016 it was estimated that there were 31,000 pregnant women living within the caliphate.
Meanwhile, a gathering of hardline anti-government Syrian groups met in Riyadh and persisted in the demand that Assad leaves power.
Since 2000, at least 16 people have died while incarcerated in Canada’s system of immigration detention, with a shocking four deaths since March 2016.
Iraqi forces “liberated Rawa entirely, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings”.
Russia vetoed on Friday a Japanese-drafted UN Security Council resolution to extend the inquiry by one month.
A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the US, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted.
As US-backed and Russian-backed forces battle to retake the remaining pockets of ISIS-held terrain, Mattis said the US military’s longer-term objective would be to prevent the return of an “ISIS 2.0.”
Trump has called allegations of campaign collusion with Moscow a hoax.
Earlier on Thursday, Syria’s army declared victory over ISIS, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their three-year, hardline reign in the region.
Putin met Iranian political leaders in an effort to nurture a warming relationship strengthened since US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon the international nuclear deal with Iran reached in 2015.
The attack prompted a US missile strike against a Syrian air base which Washington said was used to launch the strike.
The bomber rammed a car full of explosives into a gathering of Hayat Tahrir al Sham rebels affiliated with al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, at a textile factory.
While the conflict is far from over and millions are still displaced, “this is a significant trend and a significant number,” according to the UNHCR.
Despite tumult across continents, the index said that the world had overall become more peaceful in 2016 when measured across a range of indicators.
Playing down dismissive comments by Bashar al-Assad, UN mediators said Syria peace talks in Geneva should prosper from the recent deal and a tighter format.
Well over 3,000 people have left Qaboun in two days of evacuations, paving the way for the government to regain control of the area.
Sunni rebels cornered in northeastern Damascus evacuated the district Sunday following a secret evacuation deal with Syrian authorities.
The question now is how recent critical changes will impact on-the-ground military strategy.
Many foresee, at best, a ceasefire observed much of the time over much of a territory that will be effectively partitioned between competing forces.
The government detains 87% of those in custody, or 92,000 of the total 106,000, said Fadel Abdul Ghani, executive director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights.
‘Hitting Rock Bottom’, a study by UNICEF, found that there was a 20% increase in the number of children killed in Syria from 2015.
Syrian refugees have been banned from the US for the next 120 days. Whatever happens next, the country they are fleeing will never be the same again.
Syrian activists called on Sunday for the Assad government to engage in serious talks on political transition and for the UN to strengthen the fragile ceasefire as violence engulfed parts of the country.
Caught out by the side effects of the Syrian civil war and deteriorating relations with the EU and the US, Turkey now appears to be in search of South-South cooperation.
By taking centre stage at the Astana conference with Turkey as its ally and asserting itself in the Syrian civil war by organising a ceasefire, Russia has re-established itself as a global power of consequence.
In conversation with Boris Michel, regional director for Asia Pacific at the International Committee of the Red Cross, on the organisation’s work, the Syrian civil war, the Rohingya crisis, and the way forward for humanitarian and transnational organisations.
A joint inquiry for the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had previously identified only military units and did not name any commanders or officials as being responsible.
The fall of Aleppo will only deepen the bloodthirsty sectarianism fuelled by regional powers, who continue to use Syria as a chessboard to further their geopolitical interests.
An initial deal that would have seen thousands of civilians and opposition fighters granted safe passage out of the city stalled on Wednesday and the planned exodus failed to materialise.
After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era.
Moscow believes that any military success in Syria needs determined and remorseless assault on the enemy without concern for civilians caught in the crossfire, and that the likelihood for political compromise is waning the longer the fighting continues.
Until now, EU rules allowed only for sanctions on individuals and companies targeted by the UN. EU governments could act individually.
The Obama administration’s strategy includes arming the opposition forces just enough for them to fight Assad, but not enough to overthrow the government.
As a new cessation of hostilities comes into force, Russia’s influence over the Syrian conflict is deepening.
The agreement’s initial aims include allowing humanitarian access and joint US-Russian targeting of jihadist groups, which are not covered by the agreement.
The already strained relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia suffered another blow when a top cleric denounced Iranian leaders as not proper Muslims.
“He was martyred while in hospital as a result of the same bombardment that their house was subjected to,” according to a local council spokesman of Aleppo.
It was the first time Russia has used the territory of another nation, apart from Syria itself, to launch such strikes since the Kremlin launched a bombing campaign to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September last year.
The Manbij operation in which US special forces have played a significant role on the ground marks the most ambitious advance by a group allied to Washington in Syria since the US launched its military campaign against ISIS two years ago.
The Aleppo Media Centre, an online opposition news portal for the city, posted a video that it said was of victims of the gas attack: a child and adults wearing breathing apparatus. Two men interviewed said barrel bombs were dropped and there was a strong smell of gas. People then began to suffer breathing and eye problems.