Associated Press/SANA

Relentless toll on civilians rises in Syrian war

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/16/18, 12:11 pm

At least 68 civilians died in two separate clashes in Syria Friday, a day after the seventh anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war. Syrian Kurdish forces said Turkish airstrikes and shelling in the Afrin region killed at least 20 civilians. Turkey considers the Kurdish militia a terror group affiliated with other Kurdish rebels who have staged attacks in Turkey. Redur Khalil, spokesman with the Syrian Democratic Forces, confirmed the civilian casualties and said at least 30 others sustained injuries during shelling in the Ashrafieh neighborhood in Afrin.

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Associated Press/Syrian Arab Red Crescent

Aid arrives as civilians leave eastern Ghouta

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/15/18, 11:03 am

Nearly 10,000 civilians have evacuated the besieged Syrian region of eastern Ghouta outside Damascus, where clashes persist between government troops and opposition forces, state media confirmed Thursday. The Syrian-run al-Ikhbariya TV said the fleeing civilians used a Syrian military humanitarian corridor to enter government-held territory. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed some 9,300 civilians left by Thursday. Syrian responders said government troops and their Russian allies continued to hit the region with airstrikes and rocket fire.

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War-gaming Korea

Q&A | Did Kim Jong Un run a missile test with the goal of failing it?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/15/18, 10:07 am

George Friedman, founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures, has a worldwide reputation for strategic forecasting. At his home near Austin, I asked him to assess U.S.-Korea relations. Here are edited excerpts.

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