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Stories with place: Damascus
  • IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 5:02 pm

    BEIRUT - Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday.

  • Latest war adds new generation of mental trauma in Iraq story has photos
    Updated: May-15-15 1:51 pm

    CHAMISHKO CAMP, Iraq - The group of women, members of Iraq's Yazidi religious minority, first did deep breathing as a relaxation technique. Then, as their children played in the center of the room, they talked about the traumas they had lived through when Islamic State extremists rampaged through their town.

  • Traffickers swindle migrants, sending them back to Greece story has photos
    Updated: May-15-15 11:46 am

    THESSALONIKI, Greece - After a seven-month quest to escape war in Syria, Dia Kasam thought she and her two sons were finally on their way, headed by train into Serbia and from there on to Germany to reunite with her sick husband and their three other children.

  • In Iraqi malls, Syrian women work jobs spurned by locals 
    Updated: May-02-15 3:00 am

    IRBIL, Iraq - Two years after fleeing from her home in Damascus, 22-year-old Rahaf Abdullah is working at a gleaming mall in Iraq's Kurdish region, selling sweets to local women who largely refuse to take such jobs.