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Syria intensifies bombing of rebel-held areas

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/18/18, 01:42 pm

The Syrian government is bombarding the town of Nawa, determined to retake the largest opposition holdout in the country’s southwest. At least a dozen people died and more than 100 were wounded in the densely populated town. The government launched at least 350 missiles on Nawa and surrounding areas after talks to cede the town failed Tuesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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NATO denies strategy shift in Afghanistan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/17/18, 11:32 am

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected claims that the United States was open to negotiating with the Taliban to end the country’s 17-year war. The Taliban has repeatedly rejected direct talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, asking instead to talk with U.S. negotiators. “The United States is not a substitute for the Afghan people or the Afghan government,” mission commander Gen. John Nicholson said in a statement.

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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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