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Jul 13 11 tweets 8 min read
"We need to get those children out of the cmaps & the prisons that they're living in" @SavetheChildren #Syria Response Director Sonia Khush tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre

"There is a lot of hope for them to live a normal life" if they can get out of the camps, she says
Children stuck in IDP camps, prisons in NE #Syria are not the next wave of #ISIS - they are victims, per @SavetheChildren's Khush
Children in NE #Syria IDP camps - "Repatriations are not an insurmountable problem" per @hrw's @lettatayler "There is a lack of political will"
Per @hrw's @lettatayler, there is a track record now of repatriated children doing well, getting better - something they can not do in places like #alHol, #alRoj or rehabilitation centers in NE #Syria
"Take the kids out with their parents who can be repatriated" per @hrw's @lettatayler "The perfect should not be the enemy of the good"

"Children are being punished for the apparent crimes of their parents"

NE #Syria
"The longer the children stay in the camps, the harder it will be to reach them" per @SavetheChildren's Khush

"If you leave them in the camps they will be attracted to any group that shows them attention & care...we fear those will be armed groups"
Risk of radicalization - poor conditions in the IDP camps "feeding these resentments" that put children at greater risk for radicalization, per @RefugeesIntl's Sahar Atrache

"It's not just the ideology" from #ISIS
Deradicalization/rehabilitation efforts for children in the IDP camps in NE #Syria - "Whatever we're doing is a drop in the bucket and is in no way meeting the needs" per @SavetheChildren's Khush
For some of the children, the idea of deradicalization is a non-starter,

"There is so much work to do w/these boys to get them to de-stress" before you can even think abt deradicalization, per @SavetheChildren's Khush
"What they really need bcs they've been through such a trauma, is psycho-social support" per @RefugeesIntl Atrache
"Mothers told me in #Roj that they were hiding their boys in tents" to stop them from being taken away by #SDF guards & to prevent them from before forced to join cliques of hardline kids and/or bullied, per @hrw's @lettatayler

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Jul 15
NEW - Day 142 of #Russia invasion of #Ukraine

"Russian forces are limited to incremental if any gains" in the #Donbas "held off" by #Ukraine forces, per a senior US military official

Says Russians have not been able to advance on #Slovansk
US confirms #Russia used submarine launched missiles in deadly attack on #Vinnytsia, per a senior US military official

Says "no indication" there was a legitimate military target anywhere nearby
US provided #HIMARS - "They're having a very, very significant effect" for #Ukraine, per a senior US military official

"We've all seen the #Russia|ns slow their movement & advances"
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Jul 14
US, #Netherlands - "Our countries share a thirst for liberty" Dutch @DefensieMin @KajsaOllongren tells #ACFrontPage

#Russia's Vladimir #Putin is "tsar-struck" she says, and fears liberty Image
"#Ukraine can prevail w/our help... #Russia cannot win this war" per Dutch @DefensieMin @KajsaOllongren
The #Netherlands will be spending 2% of GDP in 2024 as pledged, per Dutch @DefensieMin @KajsaOllongren
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Jul 13
"#ISIS is not gone" per @WHNSC's Joshua Geltzer, who says ISIS still sticking w/its basic game plan of taking advantage of ungoverned spaces, instability, carry out attacks and try to establish some territorial control

ISIS claiming 350 attacks this year in #Iraq #Syria
US sees financial movement between #ISIS core & its affiliates, as well as attempts to maintain a coherent over-arching strategy, @WHNSC's Joshua Geltzer tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre
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Points to call by ISIS core earlier this year for affiliated to ramp up attacks - a call he says was answered
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Jul 13
"#ISIS remains a real & potent threat" @DeptofDefense Deputy Asst Sec. for the Middle East Dana Stroul tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre

Says ISIS "working to infiltrate population centers" while also working in small cells in rural areas
"The #UnitedStates is committed to maintaining our force presence in #Iraq & #Syria to achieve the enduring defeat of #ISIS" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul
10,000 #ISIS fighters still being held in make-shift prisons across NE #Syria by the #SDF, per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

"No secret" ISIS wants to replicate January's attack on prison in #Hasakah, she adds
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Jul 13
4,000-5,000 non #Syria|n fighters still being detained in NE #Syria, along w/thousands of family members-"a serious ongoing security & humanitarian threat" @StateDept acting CT Coordinator Timothy Betts tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre

Leaving them there "not a viable option"
"#ISIS knows that prisons breaks work-they're time tested and generate long-lasting results" per @StateDept's Betts

ISIS tried at #Hasakah in January, has others in its sights-"We know they will try to attack them again"
"The only durable for each country to take back its nationals" per @StateDept's Betts

"We cannot fight our way out of this side of the battle" vs #ISIS, he says
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Jul 8
NEW: @POTUS praises the heroism of @CIA, especially in regards to Vladimir Putin & #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine

Biden said the CIA “punched a big hole” in the #Kremlin's playbook

CIA workforce gave Biden a standing ovation as he left...

via WH radio pooler @Tara_Mckelvey
Comments came during a speech by @POTUS to @CIA's workforce at CIA HQ -- to commemorate the spy agency's 75th anniversary
"I'm honored to be here standing in front of this hallowed wall to honor 75 years in this proud institution" per @POTUS

"For 75 years, our nation's intelligence professionals have worked unceasingly & have sacrificed willingly make our country safer"
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