Turkey threatens to send troops to northern Syria to fight ‘terrorist groups’

Turkey’s President has announced plans to deploy troops to Northern Syria to fight what he calls ‘terrorist groups’. The Pentagon has issued a statement, warning that unilateral military action in the area is of grave concern. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9kht

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VICE News Daily: Pakistan’s Triumph Over Polio

The VICE News Capsule is a daily news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Fighting forces thousands to cross into Turkey from northern Syria, five charged over Kenyan university attack, Pakistan’s success in the fight against polio, and scientists investigate mysterious whale deaths off Chile.

TURKEY
Thousands Flee Fighting in Northern Syria
Kurdish forces are fighting to retake the border town of Tel Abyad from Islamic State militants.

KENYA
Five Men Charged in University Siege
Four Kenyans and one Tanzanian are accused of conspiring to commit a terrorist act, among other offenses.

PAKISTAN
Military Offensive Brings Dramatic Decline in Polio Cases
Troops have been fighting militants in North Waziristan who have attacked health workers during vaccination drives.

CHILE
Probe Launched into Mysterious Whale Deaths
More than 20 endangered Sei whales were found decaying off the country’s southern coast last month.

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Syria’s Unending Rebel Conflict: Wolves of the Valley

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2013 was a bad year for the Syrian rebels. While the mainstream rebels struggled to defend their frontlines from the resurgent Assad regime, a renegade al Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), launched a series of assaults on the formerly-dominant FSA brigades from behind, capturing their strongholds in rebel-held northern Syria and executing their commanders. Now the rebels are fighting back.

A coalition of former FSA brigades, funded by Saudi Arabia and rebranded as the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (or SRF), launched a surprise offensive against ISIS in the spring of 2014, in a campaign supported by both the Saudi and US governments. VICE News was the first western TV crew into Northern Syria for 6 months, embedding with the SRF as they reimposed their rule over the country’s northwestern Idlib province. What we witnessed was a brief window into a complex and morally ambiguous conflict with no end in sight.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 17, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: rebel groups in Syria, hydro electricity in Pakistan, Nazi stolen art and Fukushima clean up workers protest.

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Rebel Groups in Northern Syria
Almost every other rebel group is now fighting ISIS. Things are finally looking up for Syrian Revolutionary front – an alliance of rebel groups who are chasing ISIS out of northwest Syria.

Pakistani Kashmir Uses Water to Solve Energy Crisis
Hundreds of families in Pakistani Kashmir are setting up small-scale hydro electricity projects to deal with the country’s energy crisis.

France Returns Nazi Stolen Art
France’s Culture Minister returned three paintings stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners.

Fukushima Protesters on Poor Working Conditions
Roughly one-hundred workers who helped to clean up the Fukushima nuclear plant staged a protest over low pay and dangerous conditions.

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