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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Up to 2,800 children have been diagnosed with autism in Iraqi Kurdistan Region, but there are not enough support centers or funding to care for them. Statistics provided by the Kurdistan Autism Group show that there are only three government centers for autistic children in the Kurdish Region and nearly 100 […]
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AFRIN – Co-chair of the Supreme Electoral Commission in Afrin canton Nisreen al-Abeed said they had identified 370 polling boxes, noting that some 2,000 teachers had been allocated to supervise the communes’ co-chairs elections of scheduled for September 22.
Nisreen al-Abeed ‘s remarks came during an interview with the Hawar news agency on the mechanism of the electoral process to be held in the canton .
Nisreen al-Abeed said at the beginning of her speech said that they are now in the midst of the distribution of electoral cards on the people, al-Abeed said “our committees now distribute election cards to the people, so far we have distributed some 90,000 cards and the distribution process continues until the first day of elections,” she said.
“We have identified the centers where the ballot boxes will be placed, and after discussions we have decided to allocate 370 electoral centers and each center will have one box, we are now working on the processing of the secret rooms in the polling boxes,” Nisreen said.
“After coordinating with the Committee for Democratic Community Education, we allocated about 2,000 teachers to supervise the ballot boxes and the electoral process” she said.
At the end of her speech the co-chair of the High Electoral Commission Nisreen al-Abeed appealed to all the people to go to the ballet boxes to choose their representatives.
The United States’ anti-ISIS coalition envoy Brett McGurk has confirmed that a total of 2,000 ISIS fighters are left in Raqqa, adding that these jihadists will die in Raqqa, where the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue their military operations against the radical group.
“We estimate there’s about 2,000 ISIS fighters left in Raqqa. I’m always hesitant to give numbers like that, because it’s – this is an inexact science. We think there’s about 2,000 ISIS fighters left in Raqqa, and they most likely will die in Raqqa,” the coalition envoy said.
“UN estimates now – there’s about 25,000 civilians on the ground in Raqqa. It could be higher, but that is a UN estimate. And what’s really happening in Raqqa – similar to what we saw in Mosul but on a smaller scale – the ISIS fighters on the ground are using these civilians as their own shields, as their own hostages,” he added.
“They are using snipers to kill civilians who are trying to escape. They’re trying to put suicide bombers in columns of displaced people as they try to get out – the similar tactics we’ve seen from this barbaric terrorist organization in other cities,” McGurk said.
However, he said the tactic of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces is now to connect the east to the west. “They could connect now, but they have to clear some high-rise buildings before they join forces at a roadway. And that’ll really help accelerate the second phase of the operation to clear the rest of the city.”
“Today in Raqqa, ISIS is fighting for every last block, and trying to defend blocks that they are about to lose. They are fighting for their own survival. It is a fundamentally transformed situation. The Raqqa operation to seize Raqqa launched on June 6th, and as of today, as I mentioned, the SDF has seized about 45 percent of Raqqa,” he concluded.
Moreover, the US official said that the majority of the civilians flee to SDF-held areas.
“So as IDPs come out of areas that have been controlled by ISIS – these are people who have been living under ISIS for the last three years – we are seeing almost all of the IDPs flow north into the lines of the force we’re working with,” he said.
“They are not flowing west into regime areas; they are not leaving to go stay with ISIS in the east; they are not flowing south into the desert. They are all coming into the areas of the Syrian Democratic Forces,” he added.
According to the US official there are now around 324,000 IDPs from Raqqa.
“We track this every single day. As of this morning, about 146,000 are in prepared sites and camps, about 177 or so thousand in communities. And what we see in Syria, as the population comes out from areas where the fighting is ongoing, they sit in transit camps. And as the areas are cleared, as they’re de-mined, the population then returns. We have seen this now repeatedly this pattern, which is a pretty good pattern,” he stated.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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The Regional Court of Antep has announced the verdict on the appeal filed against the 2,5 year prison sentence given to Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Siirt MP Besime Konca by Batman 2nd Heavy Penal Court. Konca was accused of “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization”.
The Antep court ruled that there was no deficiency in the evidences and procedures that the Batman 2nd Heavy Penal Court based the decision on, approved the prison sentence, and rejected the objection to the imprisonment of the HDP deputy.
HDP Women’s Assembly Spokesperson and MP for Siirt, Besime Konca had been jailed on December 13, 2016 and released on May 3, 2017 after a hearing at Batman 2nd Heavy Penal Court. Following her release, Batman 3rd Heavy Penal Court issued an arrest warrant for her after approving an appeal against her release. Konca was therewith detained and then jailed once again on May 29, 26 days after her release from prison.
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More than 2,000 fighters sent from Iran have been killed in Iraq and Syria, the head of Iran’s veterans’ affairs office said Tuesday.
“Some 2,100 martyrs have been martyred so far in Iraq or other places defending the holy mausoleums,” Mohammad Ali Shahidi told the state-run IRNA news agency.
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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— An updated government figure puts the number of Kurdish Yazidi children who have lost one or both parents to Islamic State IS [Daesh] since 2014 at 2745 minors, according to the Director of the office of Yazidi affairs in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. The new figures show that one or both parents […]
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AFRIN- 2,717 olive trees were cut by the Turkish occupation army in the lands adjacent to Qarmatlaq village in Sheyeh province in Afrin canton, paving the way to build a barrier within people village possessions, on the artificial borders between Bakur and Rojava especially in the area between Qarmatlaq village and Halbly Police Station in the next part of the border.
Khyrieh Hikmat the citizen of Qarmatlaq village said “more than 150 olive trees were cut by the Turkish occupation army and its possession went back to its family, and she stated that the olive trees were of people village possessions.
Khyrieh Hikmat demanded the International Society to afford responsibilities of what is happening on the border and put an end to the Turkish state excesses and restore the land to its owner.
1,300 trees also were cut in Qarmatlaq village by the Turkish occupation army on Monday, to pave to way for building a barrier. In addition to that 600 trees were cut in Arab Jumaa village in Shara province.
Training of the new brigade will begin this week