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Kurdish-Islamist fighting spreads to Syrian oil fields

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Kurdish fighters have seized control of a Syrian town on the border with Turkey and are battling Islamist rebel groups linked to al Qaeda for control of oilfields in the northeast of the country.Full story

Atrocity in Syria: Entire families massacred

NYT: A massacre in which entire families were executed has revealed new depths of ruthlessness in Syria’s war, inflaming sectarian divisions and making any hope of reconciliation appear ever more distant. Full story

Syrian civil war devastates farming: U.N.

ROME/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's 22-month civil war has ravaged vital infrastructure and halved the output of staple crops, the United Nations said on Wednesday, underscoring the lasting damage from which the country will take years to recover. Full story

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