Dozens of the last and smallest inhabitants of ISIS's self-proclaimed caliphate bawled and whimpered as they waited to see the only doctor on duty.
After last week’s controversial visit to Xinjiang by the head of the UN’s Counterterrorism Office, Beijing has responded to international concerns that such a trip was “inappropriate” by again claiming that the surveillance state in place to monitor the Muslim Uighur population is justified by the security context.
Eight Americans taken into Kurdish custody in northeastern Syria during the fight against the Islamic State have been repatriated to the United States.
The British government could ban travel to parts of Syria and West Africa in a bid to combat the problem of foreign fighters who join extremist organizations such as the Islamic State.
"The number one sponsor of terrorism worldwide is Iran," Jonathan Missner tells me. "There are many weapons to use against terrorism. As a law firm, we can do our part and utilize the U.S. court system."
The Islamic State and al-Qaeda are waging a deadly contest for territory, recruits and influence in Yemen that is dividing tribes and deepening instability in the Middle East's poorest nation, according to tribal leaders, security officials and analysts.
At a time when others were closing their doors to refugees, Canada stepped in to help, offering to resettle more than 1,000 of the Islamic State's most vulnerable victims, particularly Yazidi women and girls who, like Melkeya, survived sexual enslavement.
Without any ability on the behalf of the UN to enforce past international treaties or international law, the trend of shifting borders will continue.
Islamic State militants no longer control any territory in Syria, President Donald Trump proudly announced Friday, though the U.S. was still launching airstrikes and sporadic fighting continued on the ground against the group's holdouts.
President Trump has decided to keep "hundreds" of U.S. troops in northeast Syria to provide "campaign continuity" and stability there.