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Islamic State Advances Spark Crisis in Iraq, Syriai
May 26, 2015 4:26 AM
Recent advances by Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria have made it clear that air strikes alone are not enough to halt the radical militant group. While the West, including the United States, remains reluctant to send troops to fight in the region, some local forces seem more inclined to flee than fight the brutal invaders. Zlatica Hoke reports the resurgence of Islamic State is sparking another refugee crisis in the Middle East.

Video Islamic State Advances Spark Crisis in Iraq, Syria

Recent advances by Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria have made it clear that air strikes alone are not enough to halt the radical militant group. While the West, including the United States, remains reluctant to send troops to fight in the region, some local forces seem more inclined to flee than fight the brutal invaders. Zlatica Hoke reports the resurgence of Islamic State is sparking another refugee crisis in the Middle East.

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Video New Approach Eases Refugee Suffering in Lebanon Camp

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Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.

Video Turkey's Ruling Party Trying to Lure Voters in Opposition Stronghold

Turkey’s AK (Justice and Development) Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one. To achieve that, the party will need to win seats in opposition strongholds like the western city of Izmir. Dorian Jones reports.


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