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Inside al-Hawl camp, the incubator for Islamic State’s resurgence

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Camp for Iraqis and Syrians fleeing caliphate flooded by families of Isis fighters, brewing deeper problemsThe vast scale of al-Hawl can be seen from miles away, on the road that leads to the camp from the west. The white tents housing the displaced women and children of Islamic State stretch out over the dusty landscape far beyond the adjacent town’s outskirts, the furthest away encroaching upon the foot of a hill.The women of al-Hawl now call it Jabal Baghuz, or Baghuz Mountain, named for the oasis town on the Euphrates River where their husbands were finally defeated in March. Deep inside the section reserved for foreigners and beyond the control of the camp’s overwhelmed guards, Jabal Baghuz is now the only place where the militant group’s so-called caliphate lives on. It is from here that the seeds of the Isis resurgence are being sown. Continue reading…

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Author : Bethan McKernan in al-Hawl, Syria

Publish date : 2019-08-31 04:00:39

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