While Slamming Russia, US Fails to Notice Beam in Its Own Eye

Executive Summary for March 7th

The grim conclusions, based on more than 500 interviews, coincided with reports of heavy civilian casualties in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, where Syrian and Russian forces pushed on with a ferocious offensive aimed at crushing the last major rebel stronghold in the area.

After fresh air and rocket strikes by Syrian government forces killed another 46, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert blamed Russian Federation for not reeling in the regime of its ally President Bashar al-Assad.

On Tuesday, the Russian military said in a statement that its forces would provide transport and security for the rebels and their families looking to leave the besieged enclave.

Islamic State fighters and other insurgent groups committed war crimes including deadly attacks on civilians and using them as human shields, the investigators said in their latest report covering six months through January 15.

Earlier on Wednesday, Reuters News Agency reported that a military spokesperson for an unnamed rebel group said that they will not accept a negotiation brought forward by Russian Federation.

The Syrian forces captured farms southeast of the towns of Rihan and Housh al-Ashary reaching the outskirts of the town of Mesraba, which is a strategic town due to its location as it links several towns and areas in Eastern Ghouta with one another, the source said, on condition of anonymity.

Eastern Ghouta has been under siege for the last five years, and humanitarian access to the area, which is home to some 400,000 people, has been completely cut off.

The U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Syria has appealed to the government to commit to a ceasefire in eastern Ghouta on Thursday to let in an aid convoy containing medical supplies that were stripped from a delivery on Monday.

Jaish al-Islam spokesman Beriqdar claimed that a rebel minefield killed a dozen government soldiers near Misraba as they attempted to advance from the nearby town of al-Shafouniya on Tuesday morning.

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In Hammuriyeh, air strikes were continuing to pummel the town on Tuesday.

An official with the International Committee for the Red Cross says aid workers who were recently on a humanitarian mission inside eastern Ghouta saw rescuers trying to pull corpses from the rubble of buildings.

Aksoy said the camps would host a total of 170,000 people.

Three kilometers of opposition territory now separate government forces attacking from the eastern and western edges of East Ghouta.

Iyad Abdelaziz, a member of the Douma Local Council, said nine aid trucks had to leave the area after government shelling and airstrikes intensified in the evening.

The investigators also spoke of allegations of chemical weapons use in the enclave, saying they had "reasonable grounds to believe that government forces used chemical weapons" in an attack on Harasta on November 18.

Turkey views the main Kurdish militia in Afrin as an extension of the Kurdish insurgency within its own borders.

Syria has established a humanitarian corridor to allow civilians to leave the operation zone, while Russian Federation has been enforcing daily pauses in fighting from 09:00 a.m.to 02:00 p.m. local time to facilitate the exit of people.

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