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Evacuations Begin from Besieged pro-Regime Syria Towns

SUWAGHIYA, Syria – Buses began evacuating fighters and civilians from two besieged pro-regime towns in Syria early on Thursday morning under a deal that will allow thousands to leave after three years of encirclement.

A bus drives through the Syrian government-controlled crossing of Ramoussa, on the southern outskirts of Aleppo, on December 18, 2016, during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and civilians from rebel-held areas. / AFP / George OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Al-Qaeda-Linked Group Surfaces as Strongest Jihadist Group in Syria

A jihadist group linked to al-Qaeda has capitalized on the international troops’ near single-minded focus to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) to consolidate its power in northwestern Syria and surface as the last major terrorist group standing in the war-ravaged country.

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