Aalwan al Aalwan, 10, was born just days after Syria's revolt began in March 2011. Since then, he has lost his mother and friends to the ongoing war, and was displaced more that five times. Here's what happened to his country each year of his life:
Washington deeply alarmed by the frequency of such attacks in recent months.
The death toll is feared to rise as the two separate terror attacks in northern Syrian towns of Al Bab and Azaz have left at least 29 others wounded.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the car bombing, but there has been a string of attacks by YPG/PKK terror group in Al Bab since its capture by Turkish troops from Daesh terrorists in 2017.
The interim government and local councils announced the decision amid the Syrian Pound’s freefall as economic conditions worsened.
“The perpetrator of the attack was caught after a successful operation by the National Intelligence Organisation,” Turkey's National Defence Ministry announces on Twitter.
The attacks came from two bomb-laden vehicles at a bus station in Al Bab, an area cleared by Turkey of terrorists in 2016.
Assad's forces pressed ahead with their military offensive in Idlib, seizing a cluster of villages on the southeastern edges of the province on Thursday as the overall civilian death toll from the offensive rose further.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the return for these refugees became possible after their areas were cleared of terrorists in Turkey's Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northern Syria.
In a televised interview, Turkey's President Erdogan also floated the idea of visiting Washington after March, adding that the European Council’s decision on whether ascension talks with Turkey should be shelved “has no bearing”.
Turkey has spent more than $32 billion from its own resources to aid and shelter refugees since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.
The knee-jerk reaction to the killing of US military personnel in Syria has been that the US might reverse their planned withdrawal. To the contrary, it might solidify the decision to leave, and also lead to increased Turkey-US cooperation.
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