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Assad pledges to regain control of northern Syria by force if needed

Bashar al-Assad.The Syrian army will regain control of the country’s north by force if rebels there refuse to surrender, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian television channel NTV on Sunday.

Syria pounds rebel areas in south, thousands flee to border zone

A Syrian tank.The Syrian army and allied forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest as thousands of civilians fled to safer opposition held areas along the border with Jordan and Israel, aid workers and rebels said.

Both sides committed war crimes during siege of Syria's Ghouta

A pro government Syrian soldier.Syrian government troops and affiliated forces committed war crimes and a crime against humanity in their long siege of eastern Ghouta through heavy bombardment and “deliberately starving” 265,000 people, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday.

U.N. fears for 750,000 Syrians caught in new offensive

A Syrian town.The United Nations is deeply concerned for around 750,000 people in southwestern Syria, where a military offensive has displaced people in Deraa governorate towards the Jordanian border, a U.N. humanitarian statement said on Thursday.

Taliban kill 30 Afghan soldiers in first major attack since ceasefire

Afghan soldiers.Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

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