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Report: ISIS Used ‘Lottery’ System to Distribute Yazidi Sex Slaves

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed 20 Yazidi women and girls at a refugee camp in Dohuk, a governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan. These women described the horrific treatment they endured from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). Rashida, 31, told the group about a lottery ISIS set up for the fighters to receive a woman.

ISIS Surrounds the Few Remaining Christian Villages in Syria

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) charged into eleven of the 35 Christian communities along the Khabur River in Syria in February targeting Tel Tamer, which at the time was protected by Christian fighters and locals determined to defeat the terrorist group. This week, the Islamic State took another shot at conquering it.
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Hamas Features 5-Year-Old Soldier on Facebook

In March, an Israeli documentary exposed Hamas's use of trained child soldiers, which is against international law. Now, one month later, the Hamas Interior Ministry itself proudly displayed a picture of a 5-year-old soldier on their Facebook page.
Ivan SekretarevAP

Poland Furious Over Putin Biker Gang Recreating Red Army Journey

A Russian biker gang with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, the Night Wolves, announced a victory ride from Moscow to Berlin to celebrate VE Day. The trip is almost 3,750 miles and will pass through Poland, Czech Republic, and Austria. Polish authorities lashed out at the journey, which celebrates the Soviet military.
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Clashes Between Turkey and Kurdish PKK Threaten Fragile Peace Talks

A clash between the Marxist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkish armed forces (TSK) left five militants dead and wounded four Turkish soldiers. The fight occurred despite the PKK leader's call for a ceasefire in March. Now the fights threaten to end fragile peace talks while pro-Kurdish groups accuse Turkey of staging the attacks.

North Korea Marathon Attracts Americans

North Korea welcomed 650 foreigners to participate in a marathon in Pyongyang, the capital of the Hermit Kingdom. Americans were among the foreigners drawn to the peninsula for the event.

9-Year-Old Pregnant Yazidi Girl Among 216 Released ISIS Hostages

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) released 216 Yazidi hostages after eight months. Peshmerga Commander General Hiwa Abdullah said the majority are in bad health and abused. Families told their stories to aid workers, but the most disturbing find was a pregnant 9-year-old girl, who said she was raped by at least ten jihadists.

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