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Syria puts a crude weapon to deadly use

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BEIRUT (AP) — They are known as barrel bombs — makeshift, shrapnel-packed explosive devices that Syrian forces have been dropping on rebel-held neighborhoods from helicopters. Residents have another name for them: "barrels of death." It's a crude term for a crude weapon. For nearly two months, President Bashar Assad's government has conducted an intensive air campaign against parts of the...

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