Idlib next

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Syrian government assault on Idlib province begins. Warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe and talk of a chemical attack which would provoke US retaliation.

Fighting in Tripoli

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, previously relatively calm, between militias nominally loyal to the Government of National Accord. The worst sort of family row, but with tanks.

The Berbers of Algeria

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Algerian recognition of the Berber New Year as a national holiday the culmination of a difficult history, symbolising the possibility of national reconciliation and unity.