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They have escaped their hold, but displaced residents of Raqqa still fear the militants of the Islamic State group, terrified they will return and seek revenge for defeats.

In one of the largest camps housing those who fled the northern Syrian city, survivors of the group’s terror machine cannot shake off the horrors they witnessed in the group’s self-declared capital. They described public killings, hangings, people thrown off roofs and other punishments for the slightest offenses.

For children, what they saw or heard of is engrained into their minds like horrific fairy tales.

One girl around 12 years old described how women accused of stealing were immersed in boiling oil. With an air of excitement, she acted out the women being slid into a vat. Then another girl, slightly older, interjected to correct her and said, no, she had actually seen it and just the women’s hands were plunged into the oil.

A 10-year old girl chimed in, saying fighters scolded her for wearing a red T-shirt.

“We were living under unimaginable psychological pressure, God only knows,” said 39-year-old Fatima Mohammed. “There was a state of terror inside every home.”

Mohammed said one scene set the tone for her for the three years under IS rule: a 14-year old who had been accused of theft begging for his life as a militant raised a sharp knife over his head in a public square.

Read more:  AP

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to Russia has said Qatar informed al-Qaeda of a military operation in Yemen, resulting in a suicide bomb attack that left Emirati troops injured.

"Our Qatari allies informed al-Qaeda of our precise location and what we were planning to do. We then received four suicide bombers at our door," Omar Saif Ghobash told BBC Hardtalk.

The United Arab Emirates is one of four Arab nations leading a boycott of Qatar.

Last month they cut diplomatic ties with their Gulf neighbour and submitted demands of the country, including commitments to combat terrorism.

Qatar has denied aiding terrorists.

Source:  BBC News

Syrian rebels said on Thursday a U.S. decision to halt a covert CIA program of military aid would mark a big blow to the Syrian opposition and risked allowing jihadists to tighten their grip over the insurgency.

Rebels who have received aid under the CIA program said they had yet to be informed of the U.S. decision first reported by the Washington Post on Wednesday and confirmed by two U.S. officials to Reuters.

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander said the U.S. decision risked triggering the collapse of the moderate opposition, which would benefit President Bashar al-Assad and jihadists linked to al Qaeda that have long sought to extinguish more moderate groups.

Other rebel sources said much would depend on whether U.S.-allied regional states Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey kept up their support to groups fighting under the FSA banner, which had been the focus of the CIA program.

"We heard nothing about this," said an opposition official familiar with the program, describing the decision as a complete surprise.

Read more:  Reuters

Islamic State militants began reinventing themselves months before U.S.-backed Iraqi forces ended their three-year reign of terror in Mosul, putting aside the dream of a modern-day caliphate and preparing the ground for a different fight.

Intelligence and local officials said that, a few months ago, they noticed a growing stream of commanders and fighters flowing out of the city to the Hamrin mountains in northeast Iraq which offer hideouts and access to four Iraqi provinces.

Some were intercepted but many evaded security forces and began setting up bases for their new operations.

What comes next may be a more complex and daunting challenge for Iraqi security forces once they finish celebrating a hard-won victory in Mosul, the militants' biggest stronghold.

Intelligence and security officials are bracing for the kind of devastating insurgency al Qaeda waged following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, pushing Iraq into a sectarian civil war which peaked in 2006-2007.

"They are digging in. They have easy access to the capital," Lahur Talabany, a top Kurdish counter-terrorism official, told Reuters. As part of the U.S.-led coalition, he is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate Islamic State.

Read more:  Reuters

The ban on laptops in cabins of direct flights from Saudi Arabia to the United States has been lifted according to Saudi Arabian Airlines.

It says two hub airports which serve the US have received clearance from the US Department of Homeland Security.

Riyadh's King Khalid airport is the last of 10 airports to be exempted from the ban.

In March, the US banned laptops and other large electronic devices to and from eight mostly Muslim nations.

US officials will check that Saudi airports are complying with new security measures.

King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh have both been inspected and cleared to allow laptops in aircraft cabins.

Those two airports have direct international flights from Saudi Arabia to the US.

Saudi Arabian Airlines, also know as Saudia, is the only airline that flies direct to the United States from Saudi Arabia.

Read more:  BBC News