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Syria kills more than 200 civilians in strikes against rebels

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/09/18, 10:19 am

More than 200 people died in the last four days during intensified bombing by government forces in the Syrian rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta. The fighting marks the region’s bloodiest week since 2015, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Renewed clashes began after a national dialogue brokered by Russia failed to finalize peace talks. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 229 people, including 58 children and 43 women, died in the rebel enclave along the outskirts of the capital city of Damascus.

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Associated Press/Photo by Susannah George

U.S.-led coalition launches strike against Syrian forces

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/08/18, 11:34 am

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria conducted a rare strike Wednesday that killed scores of Syrian government-backed troops after they launched a “coordinated attack” on allied forces.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul (file)

Pentagon restricts information on Afghan war

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/30/18, 11:37 am

The Pentagon has started restricting the release of unclassified information about U.S. progress in the 16-year-long war in Afghanistan, a change an independent federal auditor called “troubling.” The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in its latest quarterly report released late Monday said it received orders not to release data on the amount of territory controlled or influenced by the Taliban or the Afghan government. Pentagon officials also classified information about the size of the Afghan military and police forces.

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