Syrian forensic experts examine a damaged bus at the scene of a bombing following twin attacks targeting Shiite pilgrims in Damascus’ Old City. AFP / Louai Beshara
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An Al-Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility Sunday for twin blasts near holy shrines frequented by Shiites in the Syrian capital Damascus that killed at least 40 people as a suspected airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition killed at least 17 in northern Syria, activists said.The Syrian government maintains that the attacks killed 40 people. Saturday's attack also wounded over a hundred, most of them Iraqis, according to Syrian and Iraqi officials.In northern Syria, opposition activists said a suspected U.S.-led coalition airstrike hit a school in the village of Kasrat just south of the city of Raqqa, killing at least 17 people.The activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said the airstrike killed 17 .Sunday, two Syrian opposition figures said the Syrian armed opposition will not take part in a meeting planned and sponsored by Russia and Turkey in the Kazakh capital of Astana Tuesday, saying the government has not been abiding by a cease-fire.Syrian President Bashar Assad Saturday said U.S. forces in Syria were "invaders" and he had yet to see "anything concrete" emerge from U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to prioritize the fight against Daesh.
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