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Syrians return to former Islamic State town

Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 01:19

Hundreds of Syrians have returned to their town near the Turkish border that used to be held by Islamic State. Yiming Woo reports.

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Life is slowly returning to normal for a group of nearly 300 Syrians who have returned to Jarablus, a town previously under the control of Islamic State. They are the first group of civilians who fled the fighting to return to Syria since Turkey launched attacks against the militant group two weeks ago. The Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies have secured the town but signs of Islamic State remain. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JARABLUS RESIDENT AND MARKET WORKER, ABU AHMAD, SAYING: "After the battles subsided somewhat 10 or more days ago, thank God all the people returned. The people who left came back. The situation is good, but we are suffering from a shortage of services. The main problem is water, bread and electricity. These are the things we lack the most." Turkey aims to get rid of jihadists and Kurdish militias from its border with Syria. Its participation is yet another development in the complicated conflict. Washington says Turkish attacks on Kurdish-aligned militias damage a U.S.-backed coalition fighting Islamic State. Russia, which backs President Bashar al-Assad and his government, says Turkey's advance south threatens Syria's sovereignty.

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Syrians return to former Islamic State town

Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 01:19