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Explainer: Why Syria's messy war keeps escalating

Despite the collapse of Islamic State last year and a widespread international perception that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is winning the war, there have been major new escalations around the country.

Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as more bombs fall

Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their "turn to die" on Wednesday, amid one of the most intense bombardments of the war by pro-government forces on the besieged, rebel-held enclave near Damascus.