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  • ** FILE ** In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, file photo, destroyed buildings, including the Dar Al-Shifa hospital, bottom, lay in ruins following airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras, File)

    Graffiti to civil war: 3 years of Syrian turmoil

    It started as a challenge to Bashar Assad, scrawled in graffiti on a school in a small Syrian border town. Security forces swept into the school and rounded up a handful of boys.


  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens pray over the coffins wrapped by Syrian flags for the victims who were killed Thursday by a car bomb, during their funeral processions, at al-Kaffat village in the central Hama province, Syria, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Rebel-on-rebel fighting between an al-Qaida-linked group and an array of more moderate and ultraconservative Islamists has killed nearly 500 people over the past week in northern Syria, an activist group said Friday, in the most serious bout of violence among opponents of President Bashar Assad since the civil war began. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Nearly 500 dead in Syria rebel clashes: Activists

    Rebel-on-rebel fighting between an al Qaeda-linked group and an array of more moderate and ultraconservative Islamists has killed nearly 500 people over the past week in northern Syria, an activist group said Friday, in the most serious bout of violence among opponents of President Bashar Assad since the civil war began.


  • In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center, AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect the rubble of destroyed buildings following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian rebel groups battled one another Monday for control of a provincial capital, part of a vicious round of score settling targeting an al-Qaida affiliate that gained stature fighting President Bashar Assad but alienated many by imposing strict Islamic law. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

    First batch of chemical weapons taken out of Syria

    The first batch of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal was loaded onto a Danish ship and taken out of the country Tuesday under tight security, an important milestone in the international operation to rid President Bashar Assad of the weapons by midyear.


  • FILE - In this May 1, 2009, file photo, an Afghan man looks on as U.S. solider's of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division stands guard during a search operation in Nerkh district of Wardak province in west of Kabul, Afghanistan. A burst of strength by al-Qaida that is chipping away at the remains of Mideast stability now confronts President Barack Obama, testing his hands-off approach to conflicts in Iraq and Syria at the same time he pushes to keep thousands of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Obama has already decided the fight against extremists must continue, so long as Afghan President Hamid Karzai signs off on a joint security agreement. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

    War policies tested from Mideast, Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is confronted with a recent burst of strength by al-Qaida that is chipping away at the remains of Mideast stability, testing his hands-off approach to conflicts in Iraq and Syria at the same time he pushes to keep thousands of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.


  • This image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrians inspecting a burnt bus after a missile fired by Syrian government aircraft hit the vehicle in the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Bab in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The bus was full of people when it was struck, setting it on fire and killing several people, activists said.. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

    Syrian rebels battle al-Qaida-linked fighters

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters seized a compound garrisoned by an al-Qaida-linked rebel faction Sunday, in some of the most serious infighting to date within the vast array of rebel groups trying to topple President Bashar Assad, activists said.


  • 5 Doctors Without Borders staffers seized in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Five staffers of the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders have been taken in for questioning in northern Syria, the group said Friday.


  • Lebanese gather at the site of a car bomb explosion in a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group at the southern suburb of Beirut Thursday. (Associated Press)

    Bombings, killing in Lebanon become common as Syrian fighting expands

    Syria's war is spilling into its neighborhood almost three years after it started, but nowhere is it doing more damage than in Lebanon, where bombings and assassinations have become routine and nearly 1 million refugees from the conflict are pushing the country to its breaking point.


  • ** FILE ** In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian man mourns as he sits in the rubble of buildings following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

    Activists: Syria will let food into rebel town

    Residents of a blockaded rebel-held town near Damascus raised the flag used by the government of President Bashar Assad in a deal that sees them accept symbolic humiliation in exchange for food, activists said on Thursday.


  • FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 file photo, a Shiite fighter clashes with members of the Sunni-dominated Free Syrian Army rebel in the town of Hatita, in the countryside of Damascus, Syria. A leading Shiite Muslim cleric widely followed by Iraqi militants has issued the first public religious edict permitting Shiites to fight in Syria’s civil war alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo, File)

    LAMBRO: More trouble on an old bubble

    If 2013 is remembered for anything, it will be the terrorist civil wars that have inflicted death and destruction in much of the world, especially the Middle East and Africa.


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