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Afghan civilian deaths and injuries from suicide attacks double

A bomb attack in Afghanistan.The number of civilians killed and wounded by suicide bombings and “complex attacks” in Afghanistan has more than doubled so far this year, the United Nations said on Thursday.
 

West weighs Syria attack that could lead to confrontation with Russia

Palmyra.British ministers planned to gather on Thursday to discuss whether to join the United States and France in a possible military attack on Syria that threatens to bring Western and Russian forces into direct confrontation.

   

How a secret Russian airlift helps Syria's Assad

Bashar al-Assad visiting a Russian air base.In a corner of the departures area at Rostov airport in southern Russia, a group of about 130 men, many of them carrying overstuffed military-style rucksacks, lined up at four check-in desks beneath screens that showed no flight number or destination.

   

Trump agrees to keep U.S. troops in Syria a 'little longer,' but wants out

A US soldier in Syria.President Donald Trump agreed in a National Security Council meeting this week to keep U.S. troops in Syria a little longer to defeat Islamic State but wants them out relatively soon, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

   

War crimes evidence in Syria 'overwhelming', not all can be pursued

altWar crimes investigators and activists have amassed an “overwhelming volume” of testimony, images and videos documenting atrocities committed by all sides during Syria’s war, a U.N. quasi-prosecutorial body said in its first report.
   

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