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Refugee Crisis

2016 and 2017 have seen a deepening refugee crisis, sparked in part by people fleeing the destruction of the Syrian civil war. Millions of people have fled war-torn regions of Iraq,, Syria, and Somalia for Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, and increasingly flooding into Europe. These have been joined by people from elsewhere in Northern and Central Africa seeking better economic conditions.


Black and white photo of U.S. troops landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy beaches, taken from inside the LCVT landing craft.
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D-Day Invasion Opens New Front in World War II

In the pre-dawn hours of June 6, 1944, the long-awaited invasion of Northern Europe by Allied armed forces began with the landing of airborne troops in the Normandy region of France. They were followed by an air and sea bombardment and subsequent landings by seaborne troops on the Normandy seacoast. The German forces occupied what was known as the "Atlantic Wall" of fortified positions and pre-sighted artillery. The landings were the largest such single-day operation ever, landing some 160,000 men, of whom over 4,000 were killed.