Bombings in Syria kill dozens, clouding talks of a cease-fire

February 21, 2016 9:02 PM

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Bombings in Syria kill dozens, clouding talks of a cease-fire

BEIRUT — The Islamic State asserted responsibility for bombings on Sunday that killed dozens of people in two Syrian government strongholds, casting a shadow over intensified diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire to the civil war.

At least three explosions struck a suburb south of the capital, Damascus, leaving 50 people dead near the Sayyida Zeinab shrine that is revered by Shiite Muslims, according to Syrian state television. The area is a high-profile target for extremist Sunni groups such as the Islamic State, which rejec...

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