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Kilis, This Turkish City Is A Syrian War Victim Many Times Over

Already swamped by refugees from across the Syrian border, Kilis is now also having to contend with constant rocket attacks.

An injured boy after a missile launched from Syria struck Kilis, Turkey.
An injured boy after a missile launched from Syria struck Kilis, Turkey.
Deniz Yucel

KILIS — You can't say they didn't try. "I had the idea to invite Angela Merkel," says the woman from the city hall's press office in Kilis, in southern Turkey. "I suggested that the mayor ask Mrs. Merkel to visit the job center for Syrian women. He thought it was a good idea and sent her an invitation."

Shortly before that a lawmaker with the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) suggested Kilis for the Nobel Peace Prize. Why all these big plans? Because in addition to its regular population of 93,400, as the town sign proclaims, Kilis also now hosts 127,000 Syrian refugees, many from nearby Aleppo, only 80 kilometers away.

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As Iran Protests Spread, Regime Is Busy Clinging To Power

Facing resurgent protests in several provinces, Iran's clerical regime now relies on two defenses: brute force and Western appeasement. But its days may be numbered as younger Iranians are increasingly emboldened to demand a different future.

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Elahe Boghrat

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Governing ordinarily consists of assuring the security and welfare of a population or nation, within a state or territory. Take away one element from that equation and the government in question begins to move toward failure, defeat, and perhaps its downfall.

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