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Mattis calls for political solution to Afghan war

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/13/18, 09:03 am

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday said victory in the 17-year Afghan war will come through political means and not military efforts. He made the comments during a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan. “We do look toward a victory in Afghanistan,” he said.

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Aid delivery cut short in Damascus suburb

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/06/18, 10:50 am

An aid convoy to the besieged area of eastern Ghouta had to evacuate under heavy government shelling and airstrikes Monday in Syria, the International Committee for the Red Cross said. It was the first shipment of humanitarian aid to the war zone outside Damascus since fighting intensified there weeks ago. Thirty-seven of 46 trucks unloaded their supplies before having to leave, Red Cross spokeswoman Ingy Sedky said.

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Government shelling in Syria kills nearly 100

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/20/18, 10:40 am

Government airstrikes and shelling in the Syrian rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus killed at least 98 people Monday in the region’s deadliest day in three years, according to a monitoring group and health responders. The Syrian Civil Defense confirmed the deaths and said the casualties could be higher since more people remain beneath debris. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 720 people sustained injuries, some critical. The casualties include 20 children and 14 women.

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