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RADICALISED kids as young as two appear in a disturbing new video praising ISIS and vowing to “crush” Westerners by “standing on their heads”.

The chilling footage is believed to have been filmed in a tent purportedly based in the al-Hawl camp – where ISIS bride Shamima Begum originally lived as a refugee in Syria.

Chilling: young refugees in Syria purportedly vow to ‘crush’ WesternersFox NewsThe footage showed five boys and one girl chanting confidently about the terror groupFox News

In the video, obtained by Fox News, five young boys and one little girl chant confidently while waving their fingers in the air — ISIS-style.

They can be heard saying: “We will stand on the heads of the apostates and crush them one-by-one.

“By the will of Allah, Islamic State caliphate remains.”

Kids born to wives and fighters of the terror cult, which was defeated in Syria and Iraq, are being radicalised at increasingly younger ages, as they’re largely left to fend for themselves in refugee camps throughout Syria.

The broadcaster obtained the shocking video by jihadist monitoring service Jihadoschope, after it had been shared on pro-ISIS Telegram channels.

Raphael Gluck, founding partner of Jihadoscope, told Fox News: “During the height of the ISIS caliphate, there were literally thousands of children being radicalised by ISIS.

“Dubbed ‘cubs of the caliphate’, many of these boys and young teens would often appear in segments focusing on training camps where children were readied for combat.

“And now there is severe infighting in the camp, with a very local element loyal to ISIS.

“The women also made note (in video footage) that they are raising the ‘cubs’, the next generation of ISIS fighters.”

ISIS FLAG RAISED

It comes days after footage emerged showing women and kids raising the ISIS flag at the al-Hawl refugee camp, also known as al-Hol, where Brit Shamima Begum was living after fleeing the terror group.

In that video, which was posted last Monday, a group of women and kids cheer as a young boy scales a lamp post and unfurls the black ISIS flag.

The flag-raising footage was circulated among ISIS fanatics with the message: “This is not the end but the beginning, because our mothers and sisters know how to grow cubs to become fearless lions.”

A group of black burqa-clad women, videoed beside an ISIS flag, said: “We are living in terrible conditions. We see them (non-believers) walking around freely in their (infidel) ways… We are longing to return to the land of (the Caliphate).”

Separately, women in the camp have been vowing vengeance in the name of the terror group.

Currently the camp in northern Syria is home to more than 75,000 people which is run by the Syrian Democratic Forces and houses thousands of ISIS women and children.

Women and kids stand around and watch as the ISIS flag flies above themThe ISIS flag can clearly be seen flying from a lamp postThe camp is located in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey
RELEASED FROM CAMP

About 800 people, thought to have once been members of ISIS, were released from the camp last month after Kurdish officials ruled they were no longer a security risk.

One of the women released at the time, Safaa Mumen, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “I am happy to be released but I hope that the [Islamic] State is back, that it will rule us back again.

“The Islamic State will remain and it will even extend.”

The notorious al-Hawl refugee camp has grown in size in recent months due to the collapse of ISIS with millions trying to flee the area.

It had been home to Shamima Begum, 19, the ISIS bride who fled from Britain to join the terror group, who is now living in the al-Roj camp.

Begum had fled the death cult as coalition forces closed in on its last stronghold in Baghuz, northern Syria.

She had hoped to escape the squalor of the camp and be repatriated back to Britain but the Home Office revoked her British citizenship leaving her stuck in the camp.

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An estimated 75,000 people are currently living in the campAFP or licensorsThe al-Hawl camp is currently home to thousands of former ISIS membersGetty - ContributorShamima Begum had her British citizenship revoked by the Home OfficeBBCThousands people are living at al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syrianiqash.orgA number of British citizens are living in the campAFP or licensorsLocal authorities are concerned European countries will stop their nationals returning home from the campsAFP or licensorsThe camp is full of refugees as well as displaced ISIS supporters. File imageAFP or licensors

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FOOTAGE has emerged showing women and kids raising the ISIS flag at the refugee camp where Brit Shamima Begum was living after fleeing the terror group.

In the video which was posted on Monday a group of women and kids cheer as a young boy scales a lamp post in the al-Hawl camp and unfurls the black ISIS flag.

Women and kids stand around and watch as the ISIS flag flies above themThe ISIS flag can clearly be seen flying from a lamp post

The footage was circulated among ISIS fanatics with the message: “This is not the end but the beginning, because our mothers and sisters know how to grow cubs to become fearless lions.”

Separately, women in the camp have been vowing vengeance in the name of the terror group.

Currently the camp in northern Syria is home to more than 75,000 people which is run by the Syrian Democratic Forces and houses thousands of ISIS women and children.

Around 800 people, thought to have once been members of ISIS, were released from the camp last month after Kurdish officials rule they were no longer a security risk.

One of the women released at the time, Safaa Mumen, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “I am happy to be released but I hope that the [Islamic] State is back, that it will rule us back again.

“The Islamic State will remain and it will even extend.”

A Kurdish guard at the camp Izzadin Ahmed was stabbed on July 3 by a woman who had asked for permission to go shopping.

As she was being escorted out by a guard she stabbed him in the back, according to the camp chief Sheikh Mus Ahmed.

There have also been unconfirmed reports of ISIS women burning the tents of displaced Syrian women for talking to men or walking about without a veil.

The notorious refugee camp has grown in size in recent months due to the collapse of ISIS with millions trying to flee the area.

The camp is located in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey
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It had been home to Shamima Begum, 19, the ISIS bride who fled from Britain to join the terror group, who is now in the al-Roj camp.

But she fled from the group as coalition forces closed in on its last stronghold in Baghuz, northern Syria.

She had hoped to escape the squalor of the camp and be repatriated back to Britain but the Home Office revoked her British citizenship leaving her stuck in the camp.

An estimated 75,000 people are currently living in the campAFP or licensorsThe al-Hawl camp is currently home to thousands of former ISIS membersGetty - ContributorShamima Begum had her British citizenship revoked by the Home OfficeBBCThousands people are living at al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syrianiqash.orgA number of British citizens are living in the campAFP or licensorsLocal authorities are concerned European countries will stop their nationals returning home from the campsAFP or licensorsThe camp is full of refugees as well as displaced ISIS supporters. File imageAFP or licensors

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ISIS is about to make a come back — but this time it “could be faster and even more devastating” than first time round, a new report warns.

The death cult’s Caliphate in Syria and Iraq collapsed this year but it is feared hardcore followers escaped as part of a tactical retreat.

Down but not out… it’s feared ISIS lives on with sleeper cellsAlamy The cult has retained its wealth, a study has foundGetty Images - Getty

The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War is warning in a report that the  brutal terror group is set to come back — bigger and more dangerous than before.

In Iraq, ISIS is already seizing control the study reveals. 

The report warns: “ISIS has systematically eliminated village leaders and civilians who cooperated with anti-IS forces.

“It has reimposed taxes on local populations in its historical support zones, displacing civilians and de facto controlling small pockets of terrain in Iraq.”

Syria may prove more difficult for ISIS because of American and Russian backed forces there. 

But the report argues that far from being defeated the terror group’s members has simply fanned out and are ready to regroup in a classic guerrilla warfare tactic.

ISIS retained a global finance network that funded its transition back to an insurgency

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It reads: “ISIS deliberately withdrew and relocated many of its fighters and their families.

“It’s forces are now dispersed across both countries and are waging a capable insurgency.

“ISIS also retained a global finance network that funded its transition back to an insurgency and managed to preserve sufficient weapons and other supplies in tunnel systems and other support zones in order to equip its regenerated insurgent force.”

The study argues ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been systematically reforming the group for a new wave of violence across the Middle East.

“The slow-motion reduction of ISIS territory and strength initiated by President Obama and continued by President Trump gave the group plenty of time to plan and prepare for the next phase of the war,” the report states. 

“It’s forces are now dispersed across both countries and are waging a capable insurgency.”

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The report chillingly adds: “Its successful reconstitution of a physical caliphate in Iraq and Syria would produce new waves of attacks in Europe and dangerously legitimise ISIS’s narrative of inevitable long-term victory.”

It also suggests President Donald Trump was wrong to announce the territorial defeat of ISIS.

It calls on the US to take “immediate steps” to quell the death cult’s resurgence in both Iraq and Syria.

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A DAD grieving the death of his daughter who died aged 26 while fighting ISIS in Syria has revealed her diary entries before she was killed on the battlefield. 

Dirk Campbell discovered his child’s war journal after he travelled to the war-torn country to find out about her last days as a female soldier battling the death cult.

Anna Campbell in her uniform after she joined the all female armyAP:Associated Press Dad Dirk Campbell found out about his child’s life as a freedom fighter when he travelled the war zoneWARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture Anna died aged just 26 after joining an all female battalionPA:Press Association

Dirk, whose journey to Syria is chronicled in a BBC documentary, was given his daughter Anna’s diary when he met her comrades. 

He learned his privately educated child — who died during an air raid by Turkish warplanes — led an extraordinary life as a freedom fighter. 

He said:  “I have to accept, and we all have to accept, that it was her choice, very much her choice.”

Anna had joined the Internationalists Academy of the YPJ — an all women army fighting not just ISIS, but also Turkey and the tyrannical Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. 

I want to feel my own strength, to defend myself and my friends

Anna Campbell

It is has been lauded as one of the most effective fighting units in the eight year civil war that’s killed hundreds of thousands. 

And the reality of this conflict is laid bare in the diary of Anna.

In it she says: “Part of me is terrified that I’ll never go back.

“I want to be a part of the fighting.

“I want to feel my own strength, to defend myself and my friends.

“ I watch and read all the news every day, see the martyrs’ photos and the funerals. introspection and reading to do before I become a fighter.”

In one diary entry she describes her training.

She said: “Two women came and showed us how to take apart the AK-47.

“One-by-one, the students took a turn firing at a stack of rocks. When it was my turn I walked over and took a deep breath and fired two shots. Sounds of appreciation erupted behind me.

“It turned out I’d hit the 60-metre target both times. I was pretty chuffed with myself and in the mini-bus on the way back Amara said that I should become a sniper.

“I could easily stay here and help with the building up and the movement of the academy, but my aim is to fight, and I will do so.’

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Dirk says he was shaken by the discovery of the diary. 

He said: “I think if I had known that she was facing lethal fire I would not have been able to sleep.

“I would have tried to get there, to be with her. Perhaps I could have stopped her.”

But finding the journal as well as videos has helped him come to terms with her death and what it was for. 

Dirk said:  “Now that I’ve started reading it, seen her handwriting on the page, the lovely thing for me is that we’re having a conversation, although it’s just a one-way conversation, but I’m listening to her talk in a way that she didn’t feel she could talk to me.”

He says his decision to retrace his daughter’s steps for a poignant BBC documentary was part of a quest to understand why she made the secret 2,500-mile journey to the war that killed her.

“I want to experience what it was like for Anna”, Dirk says.

“How was the world seen through her eyes? I want to know what her world was like. It’s what I think about a lot.

“She knew that her life was in danger. And I want to know that my daughter did not die for nothing.”

Dirk Campbell holds a portrait of Anna while sitting with his daughter’s comradesWARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture

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THE British-Canadian Muslim convert dubbed by the UK media as Jihadi Jack converted to Islam and later fled the UK to join up with the ISIS terror group.

Here’s what we know about the man who has said he was ready to carry out a suicide attack.

Jack Letts fled the UK for Syria in 2014 Who is Jihadi Jack?

Jihadi Jack’s real name is Jack Letts, 23.

He was born in Oxford to a Canadian father, John Letts, 58, and a British mother, Sally Lane., 56.

Letts attended Cherwell School.

He fled to Syria in 2014, when he was 18, having converted to Islam two years earlier and learnt Arabic so he could read the Koran.

While in Syria, Jack reportedly changed his name to Abu Mohammed and married an Iraqi woman with whom he has a son, Muhammed.

While fighting for the bloodthirsty terror group, Letts told the BBC if there was a “battle” he was “ready” to step up and fight.

He said the group used to “encourage you in a sort of indirect way” to put on a suicide vest, adding: “I used to want to at one point, believe it or not.

“Not a vest. I wanted to do it in a car. I said if there’s a chance, I will do it.”

Jack spoke to the BBC about his time with ISISBBC Where is he now?

Letts is thought to have been captured by the Kurdish YPG militia after trying to escape from the Battle of Raqqa.

He is currently in a Kurdish-run jail in Syria.

Letts told the BBC: “I know I was definitely an enemy of Britain.

“I did what I did. I made a big mistake, and that’s what happened.”

Why have his parents been found guilty of funding terrorism?

In June 2019 his parents were found guilty at the Old Bailey of funding terrorism in September 2015.

They wired £223 to their Muslim convert son even though they had every reason to believe he had joined the terror group ISIS in Syria.

Speaking after the case, the couple said in an emotional statement: “We tried to do the right thing. We fully cooperated with the police and asked them repeatedly for help.

John Letts and Sally Lane sent money to their son in Syria

“They promised they would help us, but instead of helping us, they used the information we provided to prosecute us.”

The parents were revealed to have ignored repeated warnings he had joined ISIS and sent the cash despite being told by cops three times not to.

Despite airing concerns to a family friend that Letts wanted to fight in Syria, Lane paid for her son to travel to Amman, Jordan on May 26, 2014.

He was due to return on June 5, but he did not, and began to study Arabic in Kuwait – having received £350 from his mother using his real name.

Lane had told jurors she was “horrified” when he rang her to say he was in Syria in September 2014.

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She said: “I screamed at him, ‘How could you be so stupid? You will get killed. You will be beheaded’.”

John Letts begged his son to come home, telling him: “A father should never live to see his son buried.”

He went on to accuse him of being a “pawn … helping spread hatred, pain, anger, suffering and violence”.

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THOUSANDS of fighters from the Islamic State are now on the loose and forming sleeper cells that could attack the UK at any time, a Kurdish commander has warned.

Mervan Kamishlo, a commander in the Syrian Democratic Forces, said that members of the defeated caliphate have gone to ground in Syria and are now plotting revenge attacks on countries such as Britain.

Alamy Fighters from the defeated Islamic State are forming sleeper cells and planning attacks, it’s claimed[/caption]

AFP or licensors Recent years have seen a spate of IS-inspired attacks in Western countries[/caption]

AP:Associated Press The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have led the fight against Islamic State[/caption]

Western-backed Kurdish forces have led the fight against Islamic State, which has now lost almost all the territory it was able to capture amid the turmoil of Syria’s ongoing Civil War.

“There still thousands of sleepers here. When we succeeded militarily they disappeared,” Kamishlo told the Mirror.

Those cells are concentrated in areas of north-eastern Syria, like Raqqa, that were formerly key strongholds for Islamic State.

Asked whether they and IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi could inspire future attacks in Britain, Kamishlo said:

“Absolutely 100 per cent they could – they are alive and they have a command structure.

“They still think they are a state. Their sleeper network is a mafia. They will come back.

“Baghdadi is smart militarily. He and his commanders are clever mentally.

“We believe he is in Syria and able to communicate with his commanders. This presents a global threat to everyone, not just here but in the West too.

BRITS MOST DANGEROUS

Many of the attacks to have hit Western countries in recent years have been carried out by people pledging allegiance to Islamic State.

“The most dangerous of the fighters were not locals Arab fighters. They were Europeans, yes the British. I fought against them,” Kamishlo said.

“They were most dangerous. Clever, well-educated, and that they gave up so much back home shows commitment.

“Some were big Daesh commanders. They were smart and that mixed with terrorism makes them dangerous.”

In seven years fighting Islamic State in Syria, the Kurdish YPG, which later became the Syrian Democratic Forces, lost 12,000 troops, while 20,000 were injured.

Kamishlo went on to talk about the children who have been raised under the Islamic State’s brutal rule, dubbed Cubs of the Caliphate in the West.

“There are tens of thousands of Islamic State children in the refugee camps whose minds are poisoned.

“They witnessed beheadings, torture, murder, men hanging in the street, women beaten, killed because their hair is showing, and war.

“Daesh showed the world how dangerous they are.

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“These children need lots of psychological, specialist treatment to help them, or they will be a danger to the world in years to come.

“Like a ticking bomb. It is a tragedy but it is also a big fear.”

AP:Associated Press IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is thought to still be in command of his troops[/caption]

AFP or licensors The Syrian Democratic Forces have lost 12,000 troops in seven years fighting ISIS[/caption]

Alamy Islamic State has lost almost all the territory it once held[/caption]

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POLICE in Portugal have arrested the London-based brother of two IS fighters who were associates of Jihadi John.

Romulo Rodrigues da Costa is reported to have been held by anti-terror cops in Sintra on Sunday night.

Jihadist Celso Rodrigues da Costa in an ISIS propaganda video

He operated in London as a music producer and IS recruiter, reports said. His Portuguese-born brothers Celso and Edgar were radicalised in London after travelling to Britain to seek careers as professional footballers.

They married sisters Reema and Zara Iqbal from Canning Town, East London, before fleeing to Syria where they were reportedly killed in combat this year.

Jihadi brides Reema, 30, and Zara, 28, who joined terror group ISIS more than five years ago, were stripped of their British citizenship in March, following the Home Office’s decision on Shamima Begum.

Former Harrods sales assistant Celso, who claimed to have had a trial with Arsenal, fronted an ISIS propaganda video where he boasted of celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha by slaughtering infidels.

Masked executioner Jihadi John, who was tracked down and killed by a US drone strike in November 2015, was responsible for taking part in the murders of seven western hostages and at least 22 Syrians in sick ISIS propaganda videos.

Portugal’s judicial police said in a statement: “As part of a criminal investigation involving terrorist crimes, and more specifically the participation of Portuguese citizens in the ranks of Islamic State, a police operation was carried out to secure the arrest of an individual suspected of having provided support to combatants of that terrorist organisation.

“The police operation occurred in the early hours of June 16, and a residential search was carried out where the suspect was located.

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“The person in question has been based in the United Kingdom for several years where he has allegedly carried out work for the Islamic state, namely work to support and facilitate the movement of other Portuguese people to Iraq and the north of Syria.

“This investigation, which is still ongoing, is essentially limited to those residing within Portugal.”

The statement added: “The defendant was taken to court for questioning on June 17 and was remanded in prison.”

Jihadi John appeared in a number of sick ISIS propaganda videosNutopia Ltd/Channel 4
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JIHADI Jack’s mum accused police of “condemning her son to death” after they blocked her sending him cash, a court heard.

Sally Lane tried to get £1,000 to people who she was told could smuggle Jack, 24, away from IS in Syria.

PA:Press Association Sally Lane tried to get £1,000 to people who she was told could smuggle Jack, 24, away from IS in Syria[/caption]

Cops blocked the transfer fearing it could end up in the hands of terrorists.

Explaining her motives for trying to send the money, she said: “That was the price we had to pay, and if that was the price, we had to pay then we were going to do it.

“The police knew as well as we did that the only way to get Jack out was people smugglers and people smugglers are not cheap.”

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Publisher Lane, 57, and Jack’s dad John Letts, 58, of Oxford deny funding terrorism.

The Old Bailey trial continues.

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AT LEAST 134 children have been slaughtered as Bashar al-Assad and Russia continue pounding Idlib with bombs – targeting kids shopping for food.

US President Donald Trump urged Russia and Syrian government forces to halt their brutal attacks and “indiscriminately killing many innocent civilians. The world is watching this butchery.”

A man evacuates a young bombing casualty after an air strike by regime forces and their allies in the jihadist-held Syrian town of Maaret Al-Noman in the southern Idlib provinceAFP or licensors Trump told reporters that “bad things are happening”AFP or licensors American President Donald Trump wants the ‘butchery’ stopped in SyriaTwitter/@readDonaldTrump

On Sunday, he told both forces to stop bombing Syria’s Idlib province, following a Friday Kremlin statement that signalled Moscow would continue to back a month-long Syrian government offensive there.

He said on Twitter: “Hearing word that Russia, Syria and, to a lesser extent, Iran, are bombing the hell out of Idlib Province in Syria, and indiscriminately killing many innocent civilians… What is the purpose, what will it get you? STOP!”

The Times reports that among those killed in the latest carnage were Ahmad and Mostafa, twins aged nine, and their younger brother Ali.

Horrific photos show the children had just reached the end of a debris-filled street, trying to out-run jets, when they were hit.

Lying face down, the twins’ legs are at right angles to their younger brother, who was flung in the opposite direction, and was found lying on his back, with his legs twisted around each other.

One of their cousins, Fouad Sarhan, told The Times: “They were on their way back from the shop.

“They had gone to buy meat and vegetables for their sister for cook for them as their mother and father were outside town.

“It was five past one in the afternoon, and four rockets hit different parts of the town.”

The Times explains that the siblings, and three million other civilians in Idlib, are caught “between three forces”.

Jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which has historic ties with al-Qaeda, has mostly taken over Idlib province.

While it’s observed a ceasefire in place over the area since last September, it’s failed to stop factions that are striking regime positions, off-and-on, the paper explains.

Unicef said: “Children bear no responsibility for this war, yet they suffer its carnage and consequences more than anyone.”

The charity added: “Tens of thousands of children in northwest Syria are at imminent risk of injury, death and displacement because of a significant escalation in fighting.

Nearly 30 hospitals have come under attack – the spike in violence has forced some of Unicef’s healthcare partners to suspend lifesaving operations.

Unicef

“Violence has intensified over the past few days, especially in villages in northern Hama and southern Idlib.

“This latest escalation follows months of rising violence in the area which has reportedly left at least 134 children dead and more than 125,000 displaced since the start of the year.

“Nearly 30 hospitals have come under attack and the spike in violence has forced some of Unicef’s healthcare partners to suspend their lifesaving operations.”

Volunteers from the Syrian Civil Defence, the group better known as the White Helmets, have been pulling bodies and bloodied survivors from the rubble in the aftermath of recent attacks.

As well as killing dozens of civilians, the recent bombardments by Syrian and Russian forces allied to President Bashar al-Assad have pushed 300,000 people towards Turkey’s border, Syrian NGOs have said.

Meanwhile, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria, most of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

On Friday, the Kremlin said it was Turkey’s responsibility to stop rebels in Syria’s Idlib province from firing on civilian and Russian targets.

‘BAD THINGS ARE HAPPENING’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has long complained to Moscow about the Russian-backed Syrian government strikes against rebels who control the country’s northwest.

The offensive in Idlib is the biggest escalation of the war between Assad and rebel opponents of his government since last summer, and has raised fears of a humanitarian crisis as Syrians displaced by the fighting seek shelter at the Turkish border.

When asked on Sunday night before departing on a state visit to Britain what he intended to do about the massacre of civilians in Idlib, Trump told reporters he did not like the situation.

He said: “Bad things are happening.”

It is feared there could be a repeat of the 2015 crisis, where hundreds of thousands of Syrian asylum seekers surged to Europe followed by thousands more economic migrants from across the globe who exploited the chaos to sneak into the continent.

One woman, called Heba, told Sky News: “We cannot live under Assad… he’s killed so many of us.

“We need to go to Turkey or Europe. If the Turkish won’t open the border, we will break it down.”

Idlib is the most densely packed areas in Syria, a country where an eight-year civil war has killed hundreds of thousands of people.

What is the Syrian conflict?

The main sides in the Syrian conflict are President Assad’s official Syrian army, Isis and Syrian rebel factions.

Some of these rebel groups are backed by al-Qaeda while other groups are supported by the West.

The US is said to have 2,000 troops on the ground offering support to those battling ISIS.

Russia is also there to fight against Isis, however they also attack other anti-Assad rebels, including those backed by the US.

Iran is also a powerful backer of the Assad regime as both are from the Shia branch of Islam as opposed to the Sunni religion of Isis and Saudi Arabia.

In May 2018, Iranian Quds forces based in Syria launched a 20 rockets attack on Israel.

None of the rockets hit any targets and Israeli aircraft responded by extensively hitting both Syrian and Iranian military sites in Syria.

Timeline of major events in Syria

2000: President Assad dies and is succeeded by his son, Bashar al-Assad.

2011: The ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings inspire unrest, leading to a confrontation between the Syrian government and opposition, which develops into civil war.

2011: Arab League votes to suspend Syria, and imposes sanctions.

June 2012: Syria shoots down a Turkey plane, and Turkey alters the rules of engagement, warning that if Syrian troops approach Turkey’s borders, they will be considered a military threat.

September 22, 2014: Obama launches US air campaign against Islamic State in Syria, one month after launching airstrikes in neighbouring Iraq.

September 2015: Russia carries out its first air strikes in Syria.

Late 2015: First American ground troops enter Syria – they recruit, organise and advise thousands of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters, dubbed the Syrian Democratic Forces, and push ISIS out of most of its strongholds.

April 4, 2017: More than 90 people are killed in a suspected nerve gas attack on the town of Sheikhoun, in the rebel-held Idlib province. Moscow and Damascus deny responsibility.

April 5, 2017: Donald Trump said Assad’s government has ‘crossed a lot of lines’ with the suspected chemical attack, and a day later, the US fires 59 cruise missiles into Syria in retaliation – the first direct American assault on the Syrian government.

April 15, 2018: The US, Britain and France launch missile attacks on the Syrian capital Damascus and the central province of Homs in retaliation for the Douma attack.

March 2019: US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters announces ISIS has lost last pocked of territory in Syria it controlled, bringing a formal end to the so-called ‘caliphate’ it proclaimed in 2014.

A Syrian paramedic carries another injured child into an ambulance following an air strike in Idlib, SyriaAFP or licensors A man carries a wounded girl rescued from debris of a building as civil defence crews and locals conduct search and rescue works after Assad Regime’s warplanes carried out airstrike over Maarat al-Numaan district of IdlibGetty - Contributor Two Syrian children were stuck under the rubble of a destroyed building following an air strike by regime forces and their alliesGetty - Contributor An injured man is led away from the rubble following recent attacks in SyriaAFP or licensors Members of the Syrian Civil Defence (known as the White Helmets) evacuate the wounded on June 3AFP or licensors
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A MOTHER and her two children have been killed in Syria as the Assad regime steps up its assault on the last town still held by rebels in the country’s civil war.

Activists on the ground said a building collapsed and five people were killed when government planes continued their bombardment of the northwestern city of Idlib on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

Buildings in Idlib were reduced to rubble as the Assad regime renewed its attacks

Volunteers from the Syrian Civil Defense, the group better known as the White Helments, pulled bodies and bloodied survivors from the rubble in the aftermath of the attack.

The woman’s third child survived the bombing.

The city is supposed to be protected from a large-scale offensive under a deal negotiated by Russia, which backs Assad, and Turkey, which backs the rebels.

A ceasefire agreement established a buffer zone centred on the city, now home to almost three million people.

Under the agreement, rebel fighters were allowed to leave the buffer zone and civilians from other areas were allowed to seek refuge there.

But the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has renewed its shelling of the area in recent weeks.

Ursula Mueller, the U.N’s assistant secretary general for humanitarian affairs, told the U.N. Security Council this week that more than 160 civilian deaths have been confirmed in Idlib this month, while around 270,000 have been displaced.

She went on to warn that the ability of humanitarian workers to reach the worst effected areas was being threatened.

“In many areas of active hostilities, humanitarian operations have been suspended,” she said.

What is the Syrian conflict?

The main sides in the Syrian conflict are President Assad’s official Syrian army, Isis and Syrian rebel factions.

Some of these rebel groups are backed by al-Qaeda while other groups are supported by the West.

The US is said to have 2,000 troops on the ground offering support to those battling ISIS.

Russia is also there to fight against Isis, however they also attack other anti-Assad rebels, including those backed by the US.

Iran is also a powerful backer of the Assad regime as both are from the Shia branch of Islam as opposed to the Sunni religion of Isis and Saudi Arabia.

In May 2018, Iranian Quds forces based in Syria launched a 20 rockets attack on Israel.

None of the rockets hit any targets and Israeli aircraft responded by extensively hitting both Syrian and Iranian military sites in Syria.

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“This includes the suspension of health, nutrition and protection services previously supporting some 600,000 people, including 21 immunization centres that have ceased operations, and at least 49 health facilities that have partially or totally suspended activities out of fear of being attacked.”

Among the healthcare facilities to have been damaged this week were two hospitals, including one of Idlib’s major trauma centres.

AFP or licensors U.N. officials warned it is getting harder for medical supplies to reach the injured[/caption]

AP:Associated Press Volunteers from the White Helmets work to free those trapped beneath the rubble[/caption]

A satellite overview image of Hbit, Idlib Province, Syria, taken May 20Reuters A satellite overview image showing smoke rising from the same area, taken May 26Reuters

AFP or licensors Volunteers work to evacuate the injured[/caption]

Getty - Contributor At least five are confirmed to have been killed on Thursday alone[/caption]

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