Syria’s most violent 48 hours

Lost amidst the MH17 shoot down and Israel’s continually escalating campaign in Gaza, it turns out that over 700 people were killed between Thursday and Friday in Syria, probably the most violent two-day period since the civil war began three years ago. The Islamic State seized control of the Shaer gas field in the center of the country on Wednesday, bringing it into direct conflict with the Assad regime, which as ThinkProgress points out is something that happens with surprising (and suspicious) irregularity. I guess Shaer was too valuable for Assad to look the other way, so his forces have counterattacked. I’ve seen conflicting reports as to who controls the field now, and it seems like the fighting is still ongoing, but it’s yet another reminder that things are bad all over right now.

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