Middle East


Abdul Alkekhai sits with his son, Zean Alkekhai, as he shares his experiences and fears as a Syrian refugee on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014 at The Mango House.
Photo by McKenzie Lange/Aurora Sentinel

‘It’s been really heartbreaking to look in the eyes of our community members when they say ‘My 18-year-old son was supposed to come in one week … is that really not happening?” said Jill Fricker, executive director of the Colorado African Organization. ‘And our response is, ‘The way we understand it, that is not happening.”


U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren says they were killed mainly by drone strikes in Iraq and Syria. He offered few details, but said at least two of those killed were linked to the Paris attacks. He says one was directly tied to those who planned the violence in Paris and was actively planning other assaults against the West. Most appeared to be mid-level leaders.