Syria Increases Airstrikes on Rebels

October 31, 2014 7:55 PM

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Syrian government forces have increased the tempo of air raids on rebel-held territory, striking combatants and civilians in what analysts and U.S. officials say is an apparent attempt to gain ground while the U.S.-led coalition strikes Islamic State group targets in Syria.

In the past 10 days alone, the Syrian air force has conducted 762 airstrikes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based pro-opposition monitoring group that gathers information from a network of activists inside war-wracked Syria.

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