The pace of killing in Syria’s civil war is twice as fast as in the Iraq war according to figures published by the Iraq Body Count, an independent organisation. Syria’s conflict has claimed at least 70,000 deaths in two years. Meanwhile Syrian state media report a poison-gas attack in Aleppo with both sides of the conflict accusing each other of carrying out the attack.
A wave of bombings killed at least 60 people in Iraq on the tenth anniversary of the America-led invasion. Responsibility was claimed by a group linked to Al-Qaeda.