Feb. 9, 2018
Far from Winding Down, Syria’s War Escalates on Multiple Fronts – 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. (New York Times)
See also Why Is the Syrian War Still Raging? – Ben Hubbard and Jugal K. Patel (New York Times)
(Click on the title of either article to see the whole article…Ed.)