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Der Speigel | Der Spiegel Staff |  June 22, 2011

In the Syrian city of Ariha, the cherry trees are covered with deep red fruit. It is harvest time and the cherries are sweet, but no one comes to pick them. Two weeks ago, after the regime’s elite troops had transformed peaceful demonstrations in the nearby provincial capital Idlib into bloodbaths, two young men tried to save the cherry harvest. They loaded their small truck full of cherries and took off for the port  city of Latakia in western Syria. They didn’t make it very far. A military patrol stopped the two men in front of a sugar refinery and shot them dead.

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Associated Press

10 May, 2011

BEIRUT (AP) — Tanks and troops rolled into southern villages near the heart of Syria’s anti-government uprising Tuesday, while officials in Washington said the U.S. administration is edging closer to calling for an end to the Assad family’s long rule after its violent suppression of the protests. (more…)

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April 5, 2011

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) – NATO troops killed six civilians during a night raid on a house in northern Afghanistan’s Sar-e Pul province late, the provincial governor told Reuters.

The NATO-led force said soldiers on a joint operation with Afghan troops had killed five men who were armed and opened fire on them. They are investigating the identity of the dead men, a spokesman said.

Afghans are allowed by law to own guns, and in rural areas many do, to protect against threats from bandits, militias or rivals with weapons. (more…)

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Jean MacKenzie and Aziz Ahmad Tassal March 17, 2011 07:03

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/110315/afghanistan-war-special-forces-nawa-district?page=full

NAWA, Afghanistan — It was two o’clock in the morning on Feb. 15. Mullah Abdul Khaliq, who taught at a local school here in Nawa district, was asleep with his family when the helicopters began circling overhead. (more…)

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U.S. forces might have been drawn into a blood feud when they killed cousin of Afghan president.

Jean MacKenzieMarch 11, 2011 12:22

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/110311/afghanistan-war-civilian-casualties-hamid-karzai-cousin?page=full

KABUL, Afghanistan — The only thing everyone seems ready to agree on is that the death of Yar Mohammad Karzai, a cousin of the Afghan president, is terrible news for U.S. forces still reeling from their last “mistake” — an airstrike on a group of young boys in Kunar province that killed nine and left a tenth in serious condition. (more…)

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