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Middle East In contested Syrian town, two neighbors bridge an ethnic divide

After Kurdish-led fighters routed the Islamic State from the border town of Tel Abyad, displaced Arab residents accused Kurds of ethnic cleansing. Amid rising tensions, a friendship endures between two longtime neighbors. 

Dominique Soguel

It was the first day of the holy month of Ramadan when two former neighbors reunited in this Turkish border town. Both were hot, thirsty – and impatient to return to Syria, once the border gate reopened.

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