Syria's war: US aims new sanctions at Assad backers

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US legislators have passed a bill that would sanction the government of Syria and its supporters, including Russia and Iran, for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country.

The legislators accused the Bashar al-Assad government of war crimes in a five-year conflict that has killed almost 500,000 people, led to Europe's worst refugee crisis in modern times, and given room for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group to perpetrate its brand of global terrorism.

"In the last few hours at least nine neighbourhoods inside the city of Aleppo have come under intense bombardment," said Al Jazeera's Osama bin Javaid, reporting from Gaziantep, on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey border.

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