U.S., U.K. Halt Aid Shipments To Syria’s Idlib Province Over Concerns Extremist Groups Benefiting From ‘Taxes’

IRIN: U.S. and U.K. halt key Syria aid shipments over extremist “taxes”
“The United States and Britain have abruptly stopped aid they fund from going through a key border crossing into Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, with USAID saying the move is to prevent extremist groups from benefiting from taxes they impose on aid trucks. The freeze puts at risk supplies that help to support hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in Idlib, which is controlled by a patchwork of armed groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and faces the prospect of an assault by al-Assad’s Russian-backed forces…” (Parker, 10/2).