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Updated February 22, 2017 - 4:32 PM EST
Suspected US Airstrikes Kill 11 Syrian Civilians
 
  CIA Arms for Syria Rebels Frozen Amid Infighting
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  Turkey: 44 ISIS Fighters Killed in North Syria Operations
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