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Turkey launches assault on Syrian Kurds

Ceylanpinar - Turkey launched an assault on Kurdish positions in northern Syria on Wednesday with air strikes and explosions reported near the border.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of the attack on Twitter, labelling it "Operation Peace Spring".

Death toll from Taliban bomb attack rises to 39

Kabul - The death toll from a massive Taliban bomb attack which flattened a hospital in southern Afghanistan earlier this week has risen to at least 39, officials said Friday.

Roadside blast kills six civilians in southern Afghanistan

Kandahar - At least six people were killed Tuesday after a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in southern Afghanistan.It is the latest violence to hit the war-weary country where ordinary Afghans continue to bear the brunt of decades of conflict.

Trump ends requirement that CIA report drone strike casualties

Washington - US President Donald Trump revoked a policy Wednesday that required the Central Intelligence Agency to account for civilian deaths from drone strikes.

Trapped in shrinking Syria holdout, IS turns to human shields

Sulaymaniyah - On a rooftop near the front line with the Islamic State group's collapsing caliphate in eastern Syria, a US-backed fighter and his comrades sip tea as they await orders to restart the battle.

23 civilians killed in US air strike in southern Afghanistan: UN

Kabul - At least 23 civilians, including women and children, were killed by a US air strike in southern Afghanistan earlier this week, according to an UN investigation, as ordinary Afghans continue to bear the brunt of the 17-year conflict.

Four years of coalition strikes on Syria kill 3,300 civilians: monitor

Beirut - More than 3,000 civilians have been killed in US-led coalition air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria since they began four years ago, a monitor said on Sunday.

Roadside bomb kills eight Afghan civilians: officials

Mazar-e Sharif - Eight civilians, including women and children, were killed in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday when a roadside bomb apparently targeting security forces ripped through the vehicle in which they were travelling, officials said.

Evacuated Syria rebels, civilians head to Afrin

Afrine - Syrian rebels and civilians bussed out of an area near Damascus were heading Sunday to a northwestern pocket of the country held by pro-Turkish forces, a monitor and rebel sources said.

UN council says Yemen conditions 'devastating' for civilians

New York - The UN Security Council warned Thursday that conditions in war-torn Yemen are worsening and having a "devastating" impact on civilians, with 22.2 million now in need of humanitarian assistance.

War wounds: the endless agony of Afghan civilians

Kabul - "If committing suicide was not a sin I would have already killed myself," says Mohammad Alem. For 20 months, the Afghan father has been largely bedridden, paralysed in a suicide attack in Kabul.

Afghan civilians increasingly targeted in 2017: UN

Kabul - More and more Afghan civilians are being deliberately targeted by militant attacks and suicide blasts, new UN figures published Thursday show, as the Taliban and the Islamic State group ramp up their assaults on urban areas.

Syria raids kill nearly 30, as war of words escalates over chlorine use

Harasta - Regime bombardment killed nearly 30 people in a rebel enclave near Damascus on Monday, as Syria's seven-year conflict left civilians paying a heavy price.

Syria strikes kill 23 civilians in rebel area near Damascus: monitor

Beirut - At least 23 civilians were killed on Monday as Syrian government air strikes pounded a rebel-held enclave near the capital Damascus, a monitor said.

Syria Kurds urge civilians to take up arms against Turk assault

Beirut - Syrian Kurdish leaders called on civilians Tuesday to take up arms to defend the Afrin enclave against a Turkish assault now in its fourth day."We announce a general mobilisation and we invite...

3,000 civilians flee Syria's Raqa under deal: militia spokesman

Birut - More than 3,000 civilians have fled the Islamic State group's former Syrian stronghold Raqa, leaving behind only relatives of foreign IS fighters, a US-backed militia attacking the city said Sunday.

Afghan civilian casualties soar as US ramps up airstrikes

Kabul - Civilian casualties caused by airstrikes in Afghanistan surged in the first nine months of this year, the United Nations said Thursday, as the US ramps up aerial attacks in the war-torn country.

US-led strikes claim another 50 civilian lives: coalition

Washington - US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria have killed another 50 civilians, the international coalition against the Islamic State group announced on Friday.

After dreams of freedom, a bitter escape from Syria's Raqa

Ak - For years, Gharam Habbal and her elderly father had desperately dreamt of escaping the Islamic State group's hellish grip on Raqa. But when she finally fled, he wasn't with her.

US-led strikes killed 84 civilians near Syria's Raqa: HRW

Birut - US-led coalition strikes near the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa in March killed at least 84 civilians, including dozens of children, Human Rights Watch alleged Monday.

Hopeful Afghans praise Trump after vows to win war

Kabul - Afghans met Donald Trump's pledge to keep American boots on the ground with hope Tuesday, praising his criticism of Pakistan's role in the grinding conflict which is exacting a heavy toll on civilians .

42 civilians dead in US-led strikes on Raqa Monday: monitor

Birut - At least 42 civilians were killed Monday in a barrage of US-led air strikes on Islamic State group territory in the Syrian city of Raqa, a monitor said.

US airstrike kills several civilians in Afghanistan: officials

Jalalabad - Several civilians have been killed in an US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said Friday, the latest setback in efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country.

30 civilians dead in anti-IS strikes in Syria: monitor

Birut - At least 30 civilians were killed Wednesday in separate bombing raids by the US-led coalition and pro-regime warplanes on jihadist-held territory in Syria, a monitor said.

Afghan civilian deaths hit new high: UN

Kabul - The people of war-torn Afghanistan continue to bear the brunt of the grinding conflict with civilian deaths at their worst since records began, the United Nations said Monday.

Afghan civilian deaths hit new high in 2017: UN

Kabul - Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit a new high in the first half of 2017 with 1,662 killed and more than 3,500 injured, the United Nations said Monday.

Civilian deaths soar in Iraq, Syria: monitoring group

Washington - The US-led coalition attacking the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria killed as many as 744 civilians in June, an independent monitor said Wednesday.

US-led strikes claim another 119 civilian lives: coalition

Washington - A review of past air and artillery strikes has found that another 119 civilians were killed by the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, pushing the total number of such deaths to 603.

'US-led strikes killed 224 civilians since allies entered Raqa'

Birut - US-led coalition air strikes have killed at least 224 civilians since the Syrian forces it backs entered Islamic State group bastion Raqa a month ago, a monitor said on Thursday.

Up to 20,000 civilians trapped in IS-held areas of Iraq's Mosul

Baghdad - Up to 20,000 civilians are trapped in the last Islamic State group-held areas in Mosul's Old City, which Iraqi forces are battling to retake, a senior UN official said Thursday.
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