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‘Jihadi Jack’ says he now wants to come to Canada

A suspected British-Canadian ISIS militant languishing in a Kurdish prison in northern Syria now says he would like to return to Canada, after learning that authorities in the U.K. have stripped him of his British citizenship. Jack Letts, dubbed “Jihadi» 

International, Politics

Ottawa has no legal obligation to bring ‘Jihadi Jack’ to Canada, says public safety minister

Canada has no legal obligation to assist a dual U.K.-Canadian citizen suspected of travelling to Syria in 2014 to join ISIS, federal officials said Monday, a day after British officials revoked the young man’s U.K. citizenship. Jack Letts, dubbed “Jihadi» 


‘Witnessing catastrophe’: fighting in northwest Syria interrupts food distribution

A dramatic escalation of conflict in northwestern Syria is hampering some of the United Nations’ critical food distribution activities in the area as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the fighting, says the World Food Program. The upsurge of fighting» 


Canada strongly condemns increasing violence in northwestern Syria

Canada is deeply concerned by the continuing violence in northwestern Syria, officials with Global Affairs Canada said in a statement Friday following reports that bombings by Syrian government forces damaged two schools and a health facility in the rebels’ last» 


Desperate families flee assaults on Idlib, Syria

The United Nations says that a full-on conflict in Syria’s Idlib province would very likely increase human rights violations and generate a humanitarian catastrophe. After eight months of relative calm, the Syrian government and its allies have launched ground and» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

ISIS terrorist claims he’s Canadian

A man who is now believed to be the masked man featured in several threatening and horrific ISIS propaganda videos, says he comes from Canada. Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed was captured by Kurdish forces during a gun battle in Syria against» 


Humanitarian groups warn of ‘worst humanitarian catastrophe’ in Idlib

Humanitarian groups and UN agencies are warning of an impending humanitarian catastrophe as the Syrian government troops backed by Russia and Iran prepare to storm the last rebel stronghold in the Idlib province in northwestern Syria. “There needs to be» 

International, Society

Syrian ‘children used and abused’ far too long, says UN official

The United Nations has verified that more than 7,000 children have died or been injured in the Syrian conflict but it says unverified numbers are “way beyond 20,000” reports Canadian Press. Virginia Gamba is the special representative for children in» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Ottawa offers to resettle dozens of Syrian rescue workers

Canada is prepared to take up to 50 Syrian White Helmets as well as members of their families, which would amount to up to 250 people, following a dramatic rescue over the weekend facilitated by the Israeli military, according to» 

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Humanitarian agencies call for urgent ceasefire in southwestern Syria

Humanitarian agencies struggling to reach tens of thousands of refugees displaced by the latest government offensive to recapture rebel-controlled areas of southwestern Syria are calling for an urgent ceasefire and humanitarian access to the area. The United Nations Refugee Agency»