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Turkey to delay Syria operation as ISIS mounts attack

President Donald Trump's plans to withdraw US troops from Syria has drawn criticism, but NATO ally Turkey has "cautiously" welcomed the move. The decision removes a source of friction between the US and Turkey over US support for Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters.

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Is ISIS gaining or losing ground in Syria?

The forces of the so-called Islamic State have mounted a daring raid on the city of Kobane in northern Syria. They are also on the offensive elsewhere. But at the same time, the ISIS capital in Syria is coming under pressure.

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Living under ISIS rule — and then escaping it

Mezar Matar’s witnessed ISIS fighters take over his hometown in the summer of 2013. He saw them violently enforce Sharia law, seize homes, close schools and stage elaborate public executions. He watched as they punished women for their clothes, flogged anyone on the streets during prayer times and beat people for smoking cigarettes. Matar saw ISIS arrest his friends, abduct his brother and recruit children to join its ranks.