Category: forces

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What’s the reach ahead for the Syrian Democratic Forces?

Two Syrian groups are at odds over the sudden departure of a high-ranking Syrian commander who reportedly left for neighbouring Turkey last week. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), a loose entity of opposition rebel groups, have presented different versions of…

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Manus Island: Fears of violence as PNG forces enter

Concerns for the safety of hundreds of refugees have been raised after Papua New Guinea security forces stormed a former detention camp and forcibly removed about 60 men who refused for weeks to leave. The operation on Manus Island began early on Thursday when police issued an ultimatum to the refugees remaining in the camp,…