Thursday, February 22, 2018
News Roundup

U.N.: More 100,000 now dead in Syria's civil war

DAMASCUS, Syria — The number of dead in Syria's civil war has passed 100,000, the U.N. chief said Thursday, calling for urgent talks on ending 2 ½ years of violence.

In the latest example of the relentless carnage, a car bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded 66 in a pro-regime, residential area near the capital.

All international attempts to broker a political solution to the Syrian civil war have failed. Both sides still think they can win the war and have placed impossible conditions for negotiations.

"There is no military solution to Syria," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters at the United Nations. "There is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table."

He spoke ahead of talks with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said the death toll had risen from nearly 93,000 just over a month ago to more than 100,000.

The comments at the U.N. appeared at odds with what was happening inside Syria. A U.S. decision to start sending arms to the rebels has further dimmed peace prospects.

The Syrian government criticized the U.S. actions, saying Washington is unsuitable to act as a broker at peace negotiations.

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