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    ISIS leader al-Baghdadi dead in successful U.S. raid

    On Oct. 26, ISIS leader and longtime target of the United States, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, committed suicide during a U.S. raid against him in Syria.   According to an article by the Department of Defense, General Frank McKenzie, the leader of the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), claimed that once intelligence had secured information on his whereabouts, special operation forces were flown in by helicopter to a compound in the province of Idlib, Syria. The special forces were met with gunfire from militants believed not to be ISIS members. In response, two airstrikes were launched against the militants, killing them immediately. Once the militants were subdued, the special forces called out for…

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    Turkey, Syria, and the United States: What You Need to Know

    For far too long Syria has been enduring a civil war that seems to have no end. The current events have created one of the worst humanitarian disasters seen in the past few years. Recent developments have the international community focusing on how the growing interests of foreign powers in Syria are now interfering with the interests of countries in the region, such as Turkey; and how the relationships between world powers and its allies in the Middle East could be affected. The Russian Federation continues to support Bashar Al Assad’s government, while the United States has doubled its efforts to defeat ISIS. The latter has created conflict between Turkey…

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    The glimmer of hope with Syrian prison literature

    Shareah Taleghani, director of Middle Eastern Studies at Queens College, first became interested in prison literature after taking a class. She even met those detained to learn more about them. Taleghani read their books and letters, but the prisoners did not find it easy to document or even remember their work. But she studied them more, usually focusing on Muslims who memorized the Quran to recall their pieces. Taleghani discussed this and more at Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library on Feb. 24. The event, organized by the Women and Gender Studies program, invited her to talk about prison literature by Syrian women. Taleghani defined prison literature as any text—fictional or non-fictional—written…

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    Students tackle Syria conflict

    On Oct. 2, the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding hosted a student dialogue event regarding the conflict in Syria in the Q-side lounge during Free Hour. Created in 2009, CERRU is an organization that provides a safe venue for students to share their opinions on controversial topics. “We do not expect people to agree with each other,” Mark Rosenblum, CERRU director said.“But we do expect people to listen to each other.” According to Batya Septimus, CERRU’s campus outreach coordinator, the organization trains students to talk about controversial topics — they serve as facilitators during dialogues. These students — referred to as fellows — also determine topics that will…