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US to boost aid to Syrian rebels as deaths mount

Envoy reports little progress in brokering peace

BEIRUT — An artillery shell slammed into a pickup truck, killing nine members of a family during fierce fighting on Friday in Syria as US officials said the Obama administration is poised to send millions of dollars worth more in nonlethal military aid to rebels trying to oust President Bashar Assad.

The attack that killed one woman, her four children, and four nieces and nephews, who were all under age 12, was the latest carnage to hit the northern town of Saraqeb. Just days earlier, a government airstrike killed at least 20 people, shattering storefronts and setting cars ablaze in the strategic town in Idlib Province on the main highway from Syria’s largest urban center of Aleppo.

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