Category Archives: Syria

‘Mini-Merkel’ calls for Syrian migrants to be returned home as CDU leadership rivals jostle for position

One of the frontrunners to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of her political party has called for Germany to deport migrants to Syria.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said asylum-seekers whose claims are rejected or who commit crimes could be returned to the war-torn country.

“Certain regions of Syria could be secure enough in the foreseeable future,” she told Bild newspaper.

Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, popularly known in Germany as “mini-Merkel”, is widely seen as Mrs Merkel’s preferred successor.

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ISIS executed foreign Jihadis received in secret prisoner swap with UK’s allies in Syria

Foreign Isil suspects executed after secret prisoner swap by UK’s allies in Syria

Foreign Islamic State suspects who were captured by the UK’s allies in Syria and then exchanged in secret prisoner swap deals have been executed by the jihadists as punishment for defecting.

At least two of those involved in the deals, including a woman from Tajikistan and a French man, were killed shortly after being sent back to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) territory against their will, witnesses say.

The Telegraph revealed in June how hundreds of foreign men, women and children detained by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were swapped in return for Kurdish fighters held by Isil.

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Syria’s Assad offers amnesty to military deserters and dodgers to encourage refugee returns

President Bashar al-Assad has made an unprecedented offer of amnesty for military deserters and draft dodgers in the hope of encouraging Syrians to return home.

In a decree issued on official social media feeds, the government said they will not receive any punishment but would still have to serve the mandatory two years of service.

Those who defected and joined the Free Syrian Army (FSA) or other rebel groups who fought against regime forces are blacklisted, however, and will therefore not be given clemency.

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