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Another U.S. soldier dies after Taliban attack

by Kent Covington
Posted 12/04/18, 10:32 am

A fourth U.S. soldier has died from wounds suffered last week in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary, a 24-year-old Pennsylvania native, died at the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. Three U.S. service members were killed in the explosion last Tuesday near Ghazni, and two others were wounded. It was the deadliest attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan this year. The Taliban claimed responsibility and said it destroyed a U.S. tank.

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Airstrikes follow alleged gas attack in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/26/18, 10:53 am

Russian airstrikes on Sunday targeted Syrian rebels accused of launching a poison gas attack on the government-held city of Aleppo that affected about 100 people. Aleppo Police Chief Essam al-Shali told Syrian state TV that the suspected chemical attack hit the al-Khalidiya neighborhood and affected at least two other areas in the city. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the stench of gas filled the city. Doctors told state TV that the victims had breathing problems and blurred vision.

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Peopling a war

Books | UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD: Profiling the Syrian war’s rebels, jihadists, and casualties
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/20/18, 11:29 am

Perhaps one day we can read as history Rania Abouzeid’s No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria (W.W. Norton) and be grateful for her meticulous attention to detail and to humanizing a brutal and misunderstood conflict. For now, as the Syrian war grinds on, Abouzeid brings us uncomfortably face to face with its ongoing horror. That hard encounter, plus the persistence of U.S. policymakers and others in doing the wrong thing, is why No Turning Back is our Book of the Year in Understanding the World.

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