Far from Winding Down, Syria's War Escalates on Multiple Fronts

(New York Times) Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad - Half a dozen newborns were carried from a burning hospital hit by airstrikes. A bombed apartment house collapsed, burying families. Medics doused patients with water after a suspected chlorine attack, one of five in Syria since the start of the year. That was just a fraction of the violence this week in northern Syria as the Syrian government and its Russian ally stepped up their air war on two of the country's last major rebel-held areas. Then Turkey launched a surprise invasion of a Kurdish border area in Syria. Since the rout of the Islamic State last year, a misperception has grown abroad that the Syrian war is winding down. Instead, the carnage is reaching a new peak. Since December, 300,000 people have fled new fighting.

2018-02-09 00:00:00

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