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Prisoner Combatants Taken in Baghdadi Raid

More details from the daring U.S. military raid that took out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Saturday. Once a powerful self-declared caliph, Baghdadi was found hiding in a tunnel. Cornered with no exit, he blew up himself and his three children.

Netanyahu Accuses Iran of Seeking Means to Hit Israel from Yemen

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran of seeking means to launch missiles at Israel from Yemen, where Tehran supports Houthi rebels. Netanyahu made the remark during a visit by a U.S. delegation, including presidential adviser Jared Kushner and U.S. secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin. Zlatica Hoke reports Netanyahu is calling for tougher sanctions against Iran.

Kurdish Refugees Flee to Iraqi Kurdistan From Northeastern Syria

Despite a temporary cease-fire, Kurdish refugees from northeastern Syria, mostly from the border town of Ras al-Ayn, have been fleeing across the border, saying they fear the situation will get worse. They walked long distances Friday to escape the violence after Turkey's recent incursion in northeastern Syria. The Kurds were settled at the Berderesh Refugee Camp in Duhok province, Iraqi Kurdistan. Kawa Omar with VOA's Kurdish service reports that so far, almost 11,000 Syrian refugees are settled in the camp.  

Experts See Russia as New Middle East Power Broker as US Forces Leave Syria

As U.S. forces withdraw, Russian military police are arriving in northern Syria to drive out Kurdish fighters under the terms of an agreement forged by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Most foreign policy experts say Russia and Turkey are the clear winners of the agreement, and some fear the U.S. retreat leaves Russia as the new power broker in the Middle East. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.

Kurds in Syria Mourn Loss of Lives and Territory

Kurdish people in northeastern Syria are mourning the loss of lives and territory as they try to regroup after recent battles and ponder an uncertain future.  VOA's Heather Murdock has this report from Qameshli and Tal Tamer in Syria

US President Trump Announces Syria Deal with Turkey 'Permanent' 

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a permanent U.S.-brokered ceasefire in Syria Wednesday and lifted sanctions he imposed on Turkey, saying Ankara had agreed to halt its offensive on Syrian Kurds. But U.S. lawmakers remain deeply concerned about the situation in northeastern Syria, especially about the consequences of Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the region.  VOA's congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson has more from Capitol Hill.

Egypt Resumes Archaeological Excavations After Years of Slow Activity

Egypt has unveiled the contents of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in Luxor in what officials call the country's largest archaeological find in more than a century. Officials say the 3,000-year-old coffins shown to the media Saturday are just a small part of what is yet to come as the archeological excavations resume after years of decline. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.

Aid Workers Tell of Turkey's 'Barbaric' Actions in Syria

Zana Omar reports for VOA from Qamishli that the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent traveled to Ras al-Ayn to extract the wounded civilians from the hospital there that had been under siege from the Turkish incursion into the region — both before and after the cease-fire.

Pence: Turkey Agreed to a 5-Day Cease-fire in Syria

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence  hailed a deal he reached with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara as a temporary cease-fire of Turkey's military assault against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. But some former U.S. national security officials and lawmakers are rejecting the deal, criticizing the Trump administration for abandoning its long-time Kurdish allies that fought as a key part of a coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. VOA'S Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington.

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