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    U.N. Has List of Syrian War Criminals

    Citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels stand in the rubble of damaged buildings due to government airstrikes, in the neighborhood of Karam Tarab near Aleppo International Airport, in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Syrian rebels fought pitched battles Wednesday against regime forces at a military base that protects a major airport in the country's north in fighting that has left more than 40 government troops dead, opposition activists said. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

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    The United Nations said on Monday that it has a list of war criminals in the country’s two-year civil war—from both sides of the conflict. Based on 445 interviews conducted abroad with victims and witnesses, the U.N. said Syrians in “leadership positions” in government and among the armed rebels are committing the crimes, including killings and torture. The list will be kept secret, but the independent team of investigators called upon the U.N. Security Council to “act urgently to ensure accountability,” suggesting the violators could end up in front of the International Criminal Court. The death toll in Syria’s ongoing civil war is nearing 70,000, said the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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