People gather around wreckage and damage after a car bomb at the Wadi al-Thahb neighborhood in Homs city June 24, 2014, in this picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA
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Twin car bombings near a school in Syria killed 22 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second exploding as parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street littered with school bags and body parts.Syria's children are frequently among the victims of attacks in the country's civil war, but on Wednesday they appear to have been the target. The Observatory reported Wednesday that militants of the Islamic State group beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, including three women, captured in clashes near the Syria-Turkey border.The chief Kurdish group fighting in Syria, known as the YPG, advocates gender equality, and women fight alongside men.The U.S. has been bombing the Islamic State group across Syria since last week and in neighboring Iraq since early August.The U.S. military said American warplanes conducted three airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria near Kobani overnight and Wednesday, destroying an armed vehicle, an artillery piece and a tank.
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