A Syrian-Kurdish man hold a banner reading "We stand with Afrin forever" as people demonstrate against demographic changes forced by Turkey to repopulate Kurdish areas, in Qamishli on May 26, 2018. AFP / Delil souleiman
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The Pentagon warned Syrian President Bashar Assad not to carry out an offensive against Kurdish-led forces, backed by the United States, that control the country's northeast.Fewer civilians died in May than in any other month of Syria's seven-year war, an activist group said Friday, with less than 250 civilians killed across the country.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 244 civilians were killed last month, including 58 children and 33 women.Regime shelling and airstrikes killed 77 civilians in May, it said, while 19 had died in air raids by regime ally Russia.The Observatory recorded 395 civilians killed across Syria last April, while it counted 400 civilian deaths in April 2011, the first full month of the conflict.
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