A new law in Syria makes it extremely hard for Syrians to return to their homeland and could permanently alter the demographic makeup of the country.
Turkey on Thursday deported Johanna Cornelia Boersma for her suspected links to Jabhat al Nusra, a terrorist group with historic links to Al Qaeda, a senior official of the Turkish presidency said.
The assault on Idlib has been prevented, for now. The only way to prevent a future offensive, though, will be to get the US, Turkey and NATO on a united track.
Almost 400 people have been killed in the past few days as bombs rained down on the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta. Some 390,000 civilians are trapped in their houses, and water, food and electricity supplies have run out.
The exchange is part of a truce along the Lebanese-Syrian border. Under the deal, thousands of Syrian fighters stranded in Lebanon are due to leave for Syria.
Four children and three teachers were killed when a suicide bomber struck a school run by Jabhat Fateh al Sham – the former Al Qaeda-affiliate Jabhat al Nusra – in northwestern Idlib province.
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