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U.S.: Syria is Burning Bodies to Hide Proof of Mass Killings

WASHINGTON — The United States is attempting to ratchet up pressure on Russia to push the Syrian government into peace talks with rebels. On Monday, the U.S. accused Syria of executing thousands of imprisoned political opponents and burning their bodies in a crematorium to hide the evidence.

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the C5+1 Central Asia Ministerial meeting at the State Department, August 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. The group discusses central Asia issues of shared interest. (Photo by

Kerry Accuses Assad Government of ‘Massacre’ in Aleppo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government of carrying out “nothing short of a massacre” in Aleppo, where thousands on Thursday were evacuated under a ceasefire deal from the last rebel enclave in a city besieged by fighting for years.

Syrians run for cover following a reported barrel-bomb attack by pro-government forces on the Dharat Awad neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 20, 2014. In three years, more than 150,000 people have been killed and nearly half the country's population have fled their homes. AFP PHOTO …

One Killed as Aleppo Medical Convoy Draws Fire

Ambulances trying to evacuate people from rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Thursday came under fire from fighters loyal to the Syrian government, who killed at least one person, a rescue service spokesman said.

Syrian pro-government forces stand next to a 106mm recoilless anti-tank cannon as residents (unseen) fleeing the eastern part of Aleppo arrive at the Jabal Badro crossing point, which was recently retaken from rebel fighters by the regime forces, on November 30, 2016.

Aleppo Rebels Hope to Reverse Fortunes Under New Alliance

Rebels in Aleppo have agreed to form a new military alliance to better organize the defense of parts of the city they control from a ferocious assault by the government and its allies, officials in two of the insurgent groups said on Thursday.