GITMO still in business

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Release to the UAE of 15 Guantánamo prisoners leaves 61. Party politics mean GITMO likely to remain open at the end of Obama’s term with some 40, a gift to anti-US propaganda. A stain on the USA.

Syria: IS surrounded at Manbij

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Yesterday’s post noted progress made against IS in Fallujah, and referred to urgent UN appeals for humanitarian assistance to Iraqis. In northern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has made a similar call, requesting international aid for those fleeing the fighting with IS in Manbij.