24 July 2017 - News Digest on Middle East and North Africa Democracy


'I just want to go home': German teenager who joined Isis expresses regret
By The Independent , 24 Jul 2017

A German teenager who joined Isis is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported.Der Spiegel magazine reported that four German women who joined Isis in recent years, including a 16-year-old girl from the small town of Pulsnitz near Dresden, were being held in an Iraqi prison Lorenz Haase, senior public prosecutor in Dresden, said he could confirm the teenager, Linda Wenzel, had been “located and identified in Iraq” and was receiving consular support but could not say anything on her exact circumstances.


Syria truce crumbles as air raids hit Eastern Ghouta
By Al Jazeera, 23 Jul 2017

Syrian government forces have carried out several air attacks in the Eastern Ghouta area outside of Damascus, a day after the Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area, according to a UK-based monitor. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Saturday had been relatively calm after the ceasefire took effect with isolated incidents of shellfire.