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Commander of extremist Syrian rebel group arrested in France for war crimes

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This week, we talk to Clémence Bectarte from the International Federation for Human Rights about the arrest of a commander of an extremist Syrian rebel group. Islam Alloush stands accused of detaining and torturing civilians in Syria. In particular, he is suspected of being behind the abduction of the Syrians known as the "Douma Four" in 2013. His arrest in France comes months after several human rights groups filed a criminal complaint against members of his group, Jaysh al-Islam.  

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Also, Turkey has carried out deadly air strikes on Syrian military positions after accusing Damascus of killing eight Turkish military personnel. The ongoing conflict has emptied entire towns in the area and sent huge numbers fleeing northwards.

Finally, a new prime minister has been named in Iraq amid ongoing anti-government protests. Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi has pledged to support the opposition movement and to crack down on corruption among government officials. But protesters have widely rejected his appointment.

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