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U.N. adviser Egeland says 'tremendous battles' still loom in Syria

More battles loom in Syria.Syria could see “tremendous battles” for two remaining rebel enclaves even once a government onslaught on the last insurgent pocket near Damascus is over, a senior U.N. adviser said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday.

 

Syrian army gains ground in intensified Ghouta assault

Ghouta.The Syrian army intensified its onslaught in eastern Ghouta on Saturday with advances that a war monitor and state media said had splintered the enclave, though a rebel official denied this.

   

Syrian government makes Ghouta gains; Turkey steps up Afrin attack

Smoke rises in Rajo.Syrian government forces gained more ground in an assault on eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Saturday as they seek to defeat the last major rebel enclave near the capital, a war monitor and a news service run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah said.

   

Syrian government ground forces attack Ghouta despite Russian truce plan

Fighting in Ghouta.Syrian government forces launched a ground assault on the edge of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta enclave on Wednesday, seeking to gain territory despite a Russian plan for five-hour daily ceasefires, a war monitor and sources on both sides said.

   

More than 10,000 Afghan civilians killed or wounded last year, U.N. says

Scene of a bombing in Afghanistan.More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in violence last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, with militant bombings the main cause while air strikes by U.S. and government forces inflicted a rising toll.
   

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