Mon Jan 2, 2017 3:31PM
The United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union is widely known as Brexit, a portmanteau of "British" and "exit".
The United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union is widely known as Brexit, a portmanteau of "British" and "exit".
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World's untold stories
As 2016 comes to an end, several top stories are expected to stretch into next year or even years to come. From Brexit to US republican candidate Donald Trump’s surprise victory, to the war in Syria as well Iraq’s battle against Daesh terrorists. However, there were some stories which were under-reported amid an apparent media blackout by the Western mainstream media outlets. Saudi Arabia launched an all-out military invasion against its southern neighbor, the poorest Arab nation in the world. In Bahrain, the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown on dissidents rages on unabated. And The plight of Rohingya Muslims, the world’s most persecuted minority, is one of the other stories under-reported by the mainstream media.

Saudi Arabia nationals fighting alongside Daesh
Saudi Arabia has admitted that many of its nationals are fighting alongside Takfiri terrorists in regional countries. The Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman said: "The number of Saudis proven to be in conflict areas is 2,093". According to  General Mansour al-Turki, over 70 percent of the Saudi nationals, that is 1540 citizens, are fighting for anti-Syria militant groups to topple the country's government. Syria has blamed Saudi Arabia, along with certain other countries in the Middle East, for the  militancy that has reduced parts of the country to rubble since 2011. Damascus believes were it not for the support given to the militants Riyadh and its regional and extra regional allies, the war that has been ravaging Syria would soon end.

Turkey willing to work with Assad
Turkey is beginning to shift its hostile policy toward Syria. For the first time since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, Ankara has openly voiced its readiness to work with the Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. But the dynamics of the crisis is beginning to change. Aleppo has been liberated: Turkey lost the battle there. The city was considered as the most important bastion for the terrorists. And they had invested heavily on that! But things began to change after the Syrian army and its Iranian and Russian allies coordinated their efforts to liberate the city. Arab regimes, Israel and the west resorted to every trick in the book to save Aleppo. But they lost the war and all their investment went into thin air. And that partly explains Turkey’s change of its stance.