US Steps up Bombing in Northeastern Syria

This screengrab from footage released by the Defense Department shows a coalition airstrike destroying an ISIS weapons storage facility near Abu Kamal, Syria, on Feb. 17, 2016. (U.S. Defense Department)This screengrab from footage released by the Defense Department shows a coalition airstrike destroying an ISIS weapons storage facility near Abu Kamal, Syria, on Feb. 17, 2016. (U.S. Defense Department)

The U.S. stepped up airstrikes in northeastern Syria against Islamic State targets Sunday while suicide bombings blamed on the terror group in western Syria killed more than 100.

At least 50 were killed and more than 200 were wounded Sunday in a series of blasts at a vegetable market in the Damascus suburbs, according to Syrian state television. In the central city of Homs, two suicide car bombings killed at least 57, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The ISIS attacks came as Secretary of State John Kerry sought to revive talks on a “cessation of hostilities,” whose initial deadline last Friday came and went while fighting continued on several fronts amid Russian airstrikes.

Kerry, who was in Jordan, told reporters he spoke again with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on a temporary halt to hostilities. President Obama was also expected to be in contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, Kerry said.

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