Thousands Displaced as Assad’s Forces Push

Days of airstrikes and heavy shelling around the town of Maarat al-Numan caused as many as 30,000 people to flee to area towards the Turkish border. The town sits astride the M5 highway, which links Damascus to Aleppo. Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad is determined to reopen the highway, and those fleeing along it have been subject to attack. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

In the eastern region of Al-Bukamal, missile strikes from an unknown source killed five Iraqi Shiite militants loyal to Iran. The region provides a vital link between Syria and Iraq through which Iran and its proxies have allegedly been smuggling weapons and missiles. Reported by i24 News. Read more…