An aerial view taken on August 3, 2019, shows a Syrian man inspecting the damages in the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of Idlib. – The Syrian government agreed to a truce in the northwestern region of Idlib on condition that a Turkish-Russian buffer-zone deal is implemented, according to state news agency SANA. Air strikes on the Idlib region stopped after the government’s truce announcement but the fighting since late April has killed 790 civilians in regime and Russian attacks, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says. (Photo by Omar HAJ KADOUR / AFP) / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Omar HAJ KADOUR has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [August 3] instead of [August 4]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.

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United States troops have resumed large-scale counterterrorism missions against the Islamic State in northern Syria, military officials say, nearly two months after President Trump’s abrupt order to withdraw American troops opened the way for a bloody Turkish cross-border offensive.

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