The Syrian conflict began when the Baath regime, in power since 1963 and led by President Bashar al-Assad, responded with military force to peaceful protests demanding democratic reforms during the Arab Spring wave of uprisings, triggering an armed rebellion fuelled by mass defections from the Syrian army.
The Syrian Democratic Forces saved 7 Christians from the terrorists of the "Islamic State" on August 8 in the Syrian city of Raqqa, "Armenpress" reports Istanbul-based "Agos" periodical informs.
In Iraq, four strikes were conducted near Rawah and Tal Afar, destroying Islamic State warehouses, explosives factory, tunnel entrances, a command and control node and engaged two Daesh units, the release added.
"The fighting is ongoing from room to room and from house to house", said Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media centre.
The al-Qaeda-linked militant group, the Levant Liberation Committee, captured the crossing after battles with the ultraconservative Syrian rebel Ahrar al-Sham group last month.
Erdogan said Turkey "cannot allow the passage of weapons", suggesting humanitarian aid has "practically turned into an armament process".
Turkey's official Anadolu news agency reported a three-kilometer tailback at the Oncupinar border crossing, located further east, after trucks were rerouted from Cilvegozu.
"I would say that there are no safe havens in Syria where they can plot attacks safely", Dillon said at a Defense Department press briefing on Thursday.
IOM said Friday that its partner agencies reporting found that two-thirds went to northern Aleppo governorate, where government forces ousted rebels from the city of Aleppo a year ago. "They've laid many mines, that's one of the biggest difficulties".