Top of the Morning: 11,000 Children Killed in Syrian Civil War

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Study: 11,000 Children Killed in Syrian Civil War

More horrid news: “The Oxford Research Group, which specializes in global security, said in a new study that there were 11,420 recorded deaths of children aged 17 years and under. The report, entitled ‘Stolen Futures: The hidden toll of child casualties in Syria’, analyses data from the beginning of the conflict in March 2011 until August 2013. The think-tank added that, of the 10,586 children whose cause of death was recorded, 128 were killed by chemical weapons in Ghouta, near Damascus, on August 21,2013, in an attack that the United States and other world powers blamed on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.” (AFP

Can the Iran Nuke Deal Survive the Haters?

The biggest threat to the new interim nuclear agreement are hardliners in DC and Tehran. “But even some of his closest allies are unconvinced: Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last week noting that the temporary accord ‘would not require Iran to even meet the terms of prior United Nations Security Council resolutions,’ which require complete suspension of nuclear production. On the Iranian side, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which American intelligence agencies have accused of running a secret weapons-design program, may try to chip away at the accord as well, arguing that the sanctions relief is puny and that even the caps on enrichment will slow Iran’s efforts to build its nuclear capabilities.” (NYT