Russia says militants impose curfew in Syria’s Ghouta: Interfax

A bandaged Syrian child sits on a bed next to another child after receiving medical attention at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, following reported regime bombardment on March 3, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 04 March 2018
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Russia says militants impose curfew in Syria’s Ghouta: Interfax

MOSCOW: Militants in Syria’s eastern Ghouta have imposed a curfew in areas under their control to prevent civilians from leaving through a humanitarian corridor while a truce is in place, Interfax news agency reported, citing Russian military.
The rebels have also banned mass gatherings of civilians, Interfax quoted Russian Maj. Gen. Vladimir Zolotukhin as saying on Sunday.


Thousands of Iraqi families bear the burden of Daesh legacy

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Thousands of Iraqi families bear the burden of Daesh legacy

  • The wives, widows and children have been disowned by their relatives and abandoned by the state
  • Registrars refuse to register births to women with suspected Daesh husbands

MOSUL: Thousands of families in the Iraqi city of Mosul and elsewhere across the country face crushing discrimination because their male relatives were seen as affiliated with or supporting the Daesh group when the extremists held large swaths of Iraq.
The wives, widows and children have been disowned by their relatives and abandoned by the state.
Registrars refuse to register births to women with suspected Daesh husbands, and schools will not enroll their children because they are undocumented. Mothers are turned away from welfare, and mukhtars — community mayors — won’t let their families move into their neighborhoods.
Iraq has done little to probe the actions of the tens of thousands of men who willingly or by force joined, worked and possibly fought for Daesh during its brutal 2013-2017 rule.