Syrian and Russian-led government air strikes have continually struck rebel-held areas of Aleppo for four days, where more than 250,000 civilians are trapped. Forty percent of Aleppo's population are children, which is about one hundred thousand children. According to Save the Children, approximately half the casualties being treated in eastern Aleppo were children. This is considered on of the worst attacks in the five-year-long Syrian civil war.
Is this the end of ISIS?
1. With three separate attacks in three different countries, ISIS waged one its deadliest weeks in memory over the past seven days. The attacks come on the heels of ISIS losing control of Fallujah, Iraq, an important hub for the scattered terror network. As the relationship between ISIS territorial control and terror attacks trends conversely, many experts see the recent developments as the beginning of the end for ISIS.
2. Most experts are on the same page, except for Jeffrey Feltman, UN-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Feltman agrees that ISIS is certainly losing the ground game, but that such losses won't hinder the group's ability to carry out international attacks.
3. So, do you think ISIS is losing power?
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Syria's ongoing crisis took a turn for the worse this week. For starters, a once-solid cease-fire fell apart when fighting broke out in Aleppo, the country's capital. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that around 75 people were killed in the skirmishes. Just yesterday, an air strike demolished a Syrian refugee camp, killing 28. The UN has asked for an inquiry into the attack as both Russian and Syrian forces are suspected of being at fault. In reaction the increasing turmoil, the United States and Russia — both key players in the conflict — have pressured a truce between Syria's conflicting parties.
Things are literally starting to shake up on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea announced the successful test of a hydrogen bomb, a dangerous first for the isolated country controlled by dictator Kim Jong-un. If the country's claims are true, North Korea would join a small handful of countries — including the United States, France, Great Britain and Russia — that possess the powerful nuclear weapon. Representatives from China, the United States and South Korea condemned the test, calling for heightened international sanctions from the United Nations.
State governors revolt against Obama's refugee order
1. Syria's instability has caused more than 4 million Syrians to flee their homeland, creating the world's worst refugee crisis since World War II. European countries have cushioned the majority of the blow, with Germany alone accepting over 800,000 asylum seekers in 2014. In September, President Barack Obama vowed to do his part, announcing a plan to accept 10,000 refugees over the next year.
2. After the attacks in Paris, it's unclear where those 10,000 refugees will go as over half of the United States' governors have announced plans to refuse refugee access to their respective states. Most notably on this list are Texas, Florida and Michigan. Some call the refugee refusal unconstitutional, while Obama himself says it goes against the nation's values.
3. So, if you were a governor, would you accept refugees into your state?
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