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08
SEP
2021

Timeline of Events on 9/11

Here is a timeline detailing the events that occurred on September 11, 2001, when members of the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaida launched coordinated attacks against the United States. 
10
AUG
2021

Iraqi Refugees Alarmed at Increasing Violence at Syria's Al-Hol Camp

Iraqi refugees at the al-Hol camp in northeast Syria are voicing concerns about the growing violence inside the camp, which hosts thousands of people, including families of Islamic State (IS) foreign fighters.Over the weekend, an Iraqi refugee was killed, and three others were seriously injured in an attack by a suspected IS cell, bringing the number of those killed inside the camp to 25 since mid-April.Al-Hol is home to nearly 62,000 people, including about 30,000 Iraqi refugees."Our situation is getting worse because of these assassinations,” said Um Abdulla, an Iraqi refugee who lives at the camp.“Honestly, if we went back to Iraq and stayed at another refugee camp, it would still be better than this place,” she told VOA.Women and children gather in front their tents at al-Hol camp that houses some 60,000 refugees, including families and supporters of the Islamic State group, many of them foreign nationals, in Hasakeh province, Syria on May 1, 2021.
In March, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carried out a major security operation to curb attacks claimed by IS cells inside the camp. More than 125 suspected IS operatives were arrested in the campaign.But camp residents say there has been a new surge in violence in recent weeks at al-Hol.Despite its territorial defeat in March 2019, IS remains active throughout eastern Syria, carrying out attacks through its sleeper cells.Rakan Mohammed, another Iraqi refugee at al-Hol, said he thinks IS militants outside the camp coordinate with their followers inside the camp to conduct these attacks."Killing has become a daily occurrence here. Almost every day, they kill one or two people at the camp,” he said.FILE - Women walk in the al-Hol camp that houses some 60,000 refugees, including families and supporters of the Islamic State group, many of them foreign nationals, in Hasakeh province, Syria, May 1, 2021.An SDF official, who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak about security matters, told VOA that if the violence at al-Hol continues to rise, the SDF could conduct another security operation similar to one conducted in March.Camp officials say the attackers mostly use knives and silencer weapons when targeting their victims.Most of the attacks have taken place during the night when there is less presence by security forces, camp residents say.“We can’t wait for the night to be over, because at night, you never know who would enter your tent,” Abu Ahmed, an Iraqi refugee, told VOA.In ...
09
AUG
2021

Police Investigate Death of Kurdish Family in Turkey

Police in Turkey are investigating circumstances leading to the recent killings of seven members of a Kurdish family. Rights groups and experts say the Turkish government should act swiftly to prevent ethnic tensions. VOA's Sirwan Kajjo reports from Washington.Camera: Eyyup Demir 
 
30
JUL
2021

Thousands Flee Homes as Fighting Intensifies in Kunar

Thousands of families fled their homes in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province this week after fighting intensified and the Taliban seized control of two districts. VOA’s Zabiullah Ghazi filed this report, narrated by Roshan Noorzai.Camera: Zabiullah Ghazi
06
JUL
2021

VOA Exclusive: Inside a US Military Base in Syria  

A U.S. military base in northeastern Syria has allowed VOA inside the perimeter for a look at how American and local Kurdish forces are working to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State terror group.  Sirwan Kajjo filed this exclusive report from Rumeilan, a town in northeast Syria.       Camera: Sirwan Kajjo 

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