The following story has moved as this week's Monday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
SYRIA-RETURN TO RAQQA
RAQQA, Syria _ After two years on the run with the Islamic State group, Um Mahmoud was ready to return home. In June, she finally made it back to Raqqa with her three daughters and three grandchildren _ finding an empty, partially burned house and a hostile city. The 53-year-old Syrian seamstress came back from al-Hol camp, where 73,000 people, most of them relatives of Islamic State militants, have been kept since the territorial defeat of the group in March. Her return was part of city administrators’ plans to prepare Raqqa to reconcile with its past, but residents have little trust or patience for the returnees. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, graphic.
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