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U.N. mission in Golan Heights may be next casualty of Syrian war
U.N. mission in Golan Heights may be next casualty of Syrian war

A United Nations mission that has patrolled a zone of separation between Israel and Syria for four decades is at risk of becoming the latest casualty in the grinding bloodbath between Syrian President Bashar Assad's military and the rebels fighting to oust him. Fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces spread into the U.N.-monitored Golan Heights in recent days, with both sides claiming Thursday to have captured a rarely used border checkpoint at Quneitra, Syria’s sole crossing into the Israeli-held territory. The running battle injured two U.N. peacekeepers from the Philippines and prompted Austria, the biggest troop-contributor to the 900-strong U.N. Disengagement...

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