No end in sight for Syria’s civil war as conflict revives al-Qaeda in Iraq, U.S. official warns

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Government troops fired mortar rounds that slammed into a main market in a town in northern Syria on Sunday, killing at least 20 civilians, activist groups said.

The mortar shells struck the town of Ariha, which is held mostly by opposition fighters, a few hours ahead of iftar, the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees, two opposition groups tracking the violence in Syria, said at least 20 people were killed including two children and two women. It was not immediately clear what triggered the shelling.

Also Sunday, state media said government forces killed nearly 50 rebels in an ambush near Damascus.

Separately, Kurdish rebels freed the local commander of an al-Qaida-linked group in a town near Syria’s northern…

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Aerial views of enormous Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan show the size of hardship faced by Syrians

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The sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is the one of the largest in the world, housing over 115,000 people. The makeshift town is the same size as Jordan’s fifth-largest city.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry toured the camp on Thursday, a sprawling mesh of trailers and tents for Syrians whose flight from civil war is straining their host country. The refugee flow, at times as high as 4,000 a day, is draining Jordan’s water and energy resources, driving up the cost of food and housing for its citizens, and increasing competition for jobs.

“The stories I just heard, the people I just met, underscore the human side of this crisis,” Kerry said as he was leaving the camp, home to 115,000 people. The United Nations estimates that almost 500,000 people have crossed into Jordan to escape fighting.


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Syria: The Toll on Children

The link below is to an article that looks at the horrific toll on children in the Syrian conflict. Over 5000 children have been killed in the war.

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