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Syria: What De-escalation?

The Assad government is pounding Easter Ghouta, the besieged rebel-held enclave near the capital. The United Nations has plead for a truce to allow in aid deliveries. Nearly seven years into the civil war, the brutality includes fresh claims of chemical weapons use by Damascus. Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers are pressing their advantage in places like Eastern Ghouta and Idlib province. How many more civilians will have to die in the conflict?
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