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Is The Threat Of Returning Jihadists Exaggerated?
Daniel Byman and Jeremy Shapiro examine the exaggerated threat posed by the estimated 100 Americans that have joined the Syrian war since 2011—and will eventually return home.

Turkey’s Pledge To Fight ISIS May Be No More Than Words
The Turkish government has vowed to join in the fight against ISIS, but Jamie Dettmer of The Daily Beast reports their words have yet to become action. And unrest is brewing in Kurdish towns across southeast Turkey where clashes between Kurdish youngsters and police are becoming more common

“Just across the border from Kobani in the town of Suruc the Turkish police are alert. Unlike their military counterparts they are ready for trouble. The town that has received, according to the local governor, about 180,000 refugees. Crowd control is needed—the numbers are daunting—and refugee families are sleeping where they can, from tents to municipal buildings and empty shops. But the police presence seems more about intimidation,” he writes.

Former Haitian Dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier Dies
After escaping justice for years, Jean-Claude Duvalier, who presided over what was widely acknowledged as a corrupt and brutal regime, died of a heart attack at the age of 63, reports The New York Times.

The Atlantic takes a look at Dauvalier’s day in court last year.

The news of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier’s death is being met with mixed feelings by the international community, including former United Nations prosecutor Payam Akhayan, who argued the case against Duvalier.

“”If Jean-Claude Duvalier is not prosecuted for crimes against humanity, what message does that send about impunity or gross abuses of power? I’m afraid the international community has failed the Haitian people and Jean-Claude Duvalier died a free man,” he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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