Syrian pro-regime forces hold a position in the village of Al-Jadidah during clashes with extremist in Syria's Hama governorate on Sunday. George Ourfalian/ AFP
The Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria has handed over 12 French orphans born to extremist families to a French government delegation, an official said on Monday.
Kurdish officials handed over “12 orphaned French children from Daesh families to a delegation from the French ministry of foreign affairs,” top foreign affairs official Abdulkarim Omar said in a statement.
France said on Monday it was taking measures to ensure the safety of its military and civilian personnel in northeastern Syria as the United States begins to withdraw its forces
The blast also killed four civilians and wounded three members of the Kurdish-led internal security forces known as the Asayish, the source said.
The elusive chief of the Daesh group Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi has purportedly appeared for the first time in five years in a propaganda video released on Monday by the extremist organisation.
A spokesman for the Australian flag carrier said Qantas "completely" rejected the suggestion that race was a factor in the incident.
Three-day official mourning declared, flag to be flown at half-mast
No casualties were reported and firefighters were able to bring the fire under control.