More than 235,000 flee northwest Syria flare-up: UN

More than 235,000 people have fled the Idlib region over the past two weeks, the UN said on Dec. 27, amid heightened regime and Russian attacks on Syria's last major opposition bastion.

The mass displacement between 12 and 25 December has left the violence-plagued Maaret al-Numan region in southern Idlib "almost empty," the UN said in a statement.

Humanitarian catastrophe looms in Syria's Idlib

Intense attacks by Bashar al-Assad's regime, Russia and Iran backed-groups have forced thousands of civilians to flee from Syria's Idlib province which has been designated de-escalation zone.

Since the offensive began last week, the regime and its allies have launched a military campaign mainly in the cities of Maarat Al-Numan and Saraqib as well as the surrounding rural areas.

Turkey: We Are not a Hotel for Islamic State Jihadists!

The first Islamic State foreign terrorist has already been repatriated from Turkey, according to a spokesman for the country's interior ministry, quoted by private NTV television. On November 14, the same procedure will be applied to seven other terrorists of German descent, the spokesman added. The already repatriated jihadist is from the United States. 

The Islamic State Named Its New Leader

The Islamic State is named its new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi, AFP and Reuters reported.

The terrorist organization needed a new leader after the assassination of the former one - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The organization also suffered a second defeat after the abolition of Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, an ID spokesman who would almost certainly have taken the lead.

US Releases First Images and Video Footage of Al Baghdadi's Liquidation Operation (VIDEO)

The Pentagon has released first pictures and video footage of a commando operation in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, according to world agencies. Five more members of the group and two children were abolished during the operation.