Extreme poverty and post-Islamic State revenge are forcing a new wave of Iraqi families to flee their homes, increasing the population of some displacement camps as the government works to send other displaced families home. VOA’s Heather Murdock has more from the Haj Ali camp in northern Iraq.
Despite criticism from the U.S. and other Western leaders, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed Sunday that his military's offensive against rebels in East Ghouta would continue. More than 600 civilians have been killed in the fighting over the past two weeks. VOA’s Jesusemen Oni has more.