Syria Is still Kicking

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Syria is still in ruins and while other countries are discussing what measures can be taken to help either side, every-day people are still suffering and want nothing to do with politics and war.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/02/syria-says-175-fighters-killed-near-damascus-20142270403540145.html

175 fighters killed

State media says most ambush casualties from Nusra Front as US decries arrest of relatives of opposition delegates.

Syrian army troops have killed 175 opposition fighters, many of them linked to al-Qaeda-linked groups, in an ambush described as one of the deadliest attacks by government forces near Damascus, according to state media.

The report claimed several of those killed were foreign fighters who came to Syria from Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Qatar.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/world/middleeast/un-orders-both-sides-in-syria-to-allow-humanitarian-aid.html?_r=0

In a rare show of unity among world powers, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday ordering the warring parties in Syria to stop blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The resolution, which is legally binding, addresses a conflict that has gone on for nearly three years, killing more than 100,000 people and creating more than six million refugees.

In a nod to Russian demands, the resolution “strongly” condemns the “increased terrorist attacks resulting in numerous casualties and destruction carried out by organizations and individuals associated with Al Qaeda, its affiliates and other terrorist groups.” The Syrian government refers to all of the rebels as terrorists.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/world/middleeast/russia-is-scolded-as-us-weighs-syria-options.html

President Obama has been deeply reluctant for nearly three years to get the United States directly involved in Syria’s civil war.

Administration officials, however, insist that those options do not include directly supplying more sophisticated, heavier armaments to the rebels, who are already receiving some weapons and training under a limited C.I.A. program, or carrying out airstrikes in a civil war that Mr. Obama fears could turn into a prolonged conflict.

Debate has raged since the start of the civil war over whether Western and Arab nations should provide Syria’s rebels with manpads.

However, providing selected rebel fighters with surface-to-air missiles is a logical response to the persistent barrel-bomb attacks of Syrian cities like Aleppo and Homs.

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