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Syrian government secures birthplace of civil war

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/13/18, 11:00 am

Syrian officials on Thursday raised the country’s flag over the southern city of Daraa, where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad that led to the country’s seven-year civil war began. Syrian state television said officials mounted the flag at the ruins of the city square. Anti-government protests began in the city during the 2011 Arab Spring, and Assad’s government responded with a military crackdown. Ahmad Masalmeh, an activist formerly in Daraa, said many rebels in the city accepted the government’s amnesty offer. Those who refused the deal will face exile, he said.

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From the front lines

Documentary | War film offers a bracing look at the civil war in Congo
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/05/18, 01:43 pm

This is Congo: Mortar rounds fired from a military truck scream in flight, sending villagers on a dirt road diving into the brush for cover. A water tanker pulls into a tent-strewn displacement camp, where a throng carrying buckets and pans rushes to meet it. A woman takes a bag of semiprecious gemstones by motorcycle across the border for an illegal transaction.

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Watchdog confirms sarin, chlorine used in Syria

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/13/18, 12:34 pm

Syrians “very likely” suffered from attacks using the nerve agent sarin and the toxic chemical chlorine in early 2017, according to findings released by the global chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons did not investigate who launched the attack in Hama province, but intelligence analysts have blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for all attacks involving chemical agents.

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