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Nearly half a million Syrians have returned to their homes so far this year, including 440,000 internally displaced people and more than 31,000 returning from neighbouring countries, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. Most returned to Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Damascus, it said, on the view that security had improved in parts of the country. "This is a significant trend and a significant number," UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told a Geneva news briefing.
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In Damascus, women recruits undergo training as police officers and security personnel







Meanwhile, in rebel-held Idlib province...

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for those with twitter...
Jihadi terrorist goes on rant about how Allah will protect them from Syrian shelling.... only to be interrupted by a Syrian shell landing nearby killing 7..

https://twitter.com/AWAKEALERT/statu...59227056934913
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Unconfirmed reports that negotiations are underway that would see the Kurdish YPG transfer authority in the Kurdish Afrin enclave in north-western Syria to the Syrian government in order to stave off a potential Turkish military offensive.
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Still not at the level of truly civilized nations though..

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Syrian army + friends conduct blitz in area SE of Damascus. Drive Jihadis +FSA from a 3869 sq. km. area in 12 hours (red area outlined in white below). Some reports that the FSA + friends are being evacuated from the entire area.

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Any connection with the deal between Trump and Putin ?
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Exclamation Syrian Observatory says has 'confirmed information' that Islamic State chief is dead

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

The report came just days after the Iraqi army recaptured the last sectors of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which Baghdadi's forces overran almost exactly three years ago.

Russia's Defence Ministry said in June that it might have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa. But Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been skeptical.

Reuters could not independently verify Baghdadi's death.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...-idUSKBN19W1AW

This is not the first time he's been reported killed, however.
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Hardly nice and neat is it? Plenty of fuel there for ongoing friction and conflict.
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Hardly nice and neat is it? Plenty of fuel there for ongoing friction and conflict.
Kurds vs Turks

Assad (Russia) vs Rebels (US) and ISIS

Assad (Iran) vs US and Israel

Assad (Iran) vs Saudi Arabia and Egypt

And that doesn't take into account lesser conflicts within those groups, the shifting nature of attention and focus, the risk of escalation, etc.
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Word is that the SDF has suspended its operation at al-Raqqah due to heavy losses.
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Other sources claim that Raqqa operation was suspended because focus now is securing Euphrates toward Deir ez Zor. While other are saying it was because of Turkish attack in Afrin.
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US President Donald Trump has ended the CIA's clandestine programme to provide weapons and supplies to Syrian rebel groups, officials have said.
The programme began in 2013 as Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, decided to put pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to stand down.
The decision to halt it was made almost a month ago, by which time the flow of arms had already slowed significantly.
The officials said the move was part of an effort to improve ties with Russia.
Russia's military support has helped Mr Assad hold on to power during the six-year civil war that has left more than 300,000 people dead and displaced 11 million others.

The Washington Post newspaper was the first to report the end of the CIA weapons programme on Wednesday night.
Mr Trump made his decision after a meeting in the Oval Office with National Security Adviser H R McMaster and CIA Director Mike Pompeo and before he held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany on 7 July, according to the Post.
Two days after the summit, a truce brokered by the US and Russia took effect in three southern Syrian provinces. But the end of the weapons programme was reportedly not a condition of the negotiations.
Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Trump decided to end the covert programme before meeting Vladimir Putin in Germany US officials told Reuters news agency there had long been doubts about the programme's effectiveness. Despite a lengthy vetting process, some rebels had defected to so-called Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist groups, they said.
The CIA-backed groups have also been targeted repeatedly by Russian air strikes, which began in September 2015.
One official said Mr Trump's decision was not a major concession to Russia given Mr Assad's grip on power, adding: "It's a signal to Putin that the administration wants to improve ties."


A separate US military programme to train, arm and provide air support to an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters battling so-called Islamic State will continue.
The White House and the CIA declined to comment on the reports.
Mr Trump had suggested before he took office in January that he might end support for the rebels and prioritise the fight against IS in eastern and northern Syria.
In late March, the White House said it had abandoned the goal of forcing Mr Assad to stand aside, explaining that "there is a political reality that we have to accept".




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