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REUTERS | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | August 10, 2011

Syrian tanks stormed two northwestern towns near the border with Turkey on Wednesday, expanding a military offensive to crush protests, local residents said a day after Ankara pressed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end killings of civilians.

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REUTERS | KhaledYacoub Oweis | August 9, 2o11

Syrian forces killed at least five civilians during raids on villages around the besieged city of Hama on Tuesday, broadening a 10 day offensive on the city to nearby countryside, local activists said.

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BBC | August 9, 2011

Syrian security forces have continued operations to crush protesters, even as the Turkish foreign minister pressed President Basharal-Assad to stop them.

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REUTERS | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | August 7, 2011

 

At least 57 Syrian civilians were killed in armoured military assaults by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on Sunday to crush a five-month uprising against his rule, a grassroots activists’ organisation said.

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Mazin Yahya | Associated Press | July 15, 2011

BAGHDAD (AP) — A bomb hidden under a parked car exploded near Muslim pilgrims Friday, killing at least two and wounding four as they made their way to an annual Shiite religious festival in a holy city south of Iraq’s capital.

Pilgrims are an easy target for insurgents looking to stoke sectarian violence as U.S. troops prepare to depart Iraq by the end of the year.

Friday’s bomb exploded in a parking lot about 14 miles (22 kilometers) from the holy city of Karbala, where thousands of pilgrims are flocking this weekend for the annual Shiite festival of Shabaniyah.

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By Associated Press| World | Wall Street Journal with Foreign Policy | July 14, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — The number of Afghan civilians killed in war-related violence rose 15 percent in the first half of this year, according to a U.N. report released Thursday that offered grim statistics about the human toll of increased fighting.

Violence has been on the rise as the Taliban and other insurgents try to regain territory lost in the fall and winter to the U.S.-led coalition in southern Afghanistan. (more…)

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By Joshua Partlow and Kevin Sieff | World | Wall Street Journal with Foreign Policy | July 14, 2011

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — After the last prayer of the Thursday morning memorial service for President Hamid Karzai’s slain half brother, a senior cleric inside Kandahar’s Red Mosque announced that lunch would soon be served.

For the distinguished guests clustered on the side of the vast carpeted prayer hall — including Kandahar’s governor and four of Karzai’s brothers — a meal was ready across town at Mandigak palace, where the provincial council meets, the cleric said.

The others could eat in the mosque, served by the boys scattered around the room.

As the guests stood to leave, a bomb hidden inside a man’s turban detonated, killing at least four people and wounding 15 others, according to Afghan officials and witnesses. (more…)

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