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Reciprocal attacks inflame India-Pakistan hostilities

Indians hold placard as they celebrate after the Indian Air Force's air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Pakistan, outside a mosque in Mumbai, India on 26 February 2019.
Indians celebrate after the Indian Air Force's airstrike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan, in Mumbai, on Feb. 26. Photo: Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In retaliation for the Feb. 14 terrorist attack in the Pulwama district of Kashmir, which killed 44 Indian security personnel, the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted strikes on Tuesday against an alleged terrorist training facility and madrassa complex in the Pakistani town of Balakot.

Why it matters: The operation was the first cross-border sortie by the IAF since the 1971 India-Pakistan war. Escalating tensions have sparked fears of a standoff between the nuclear-armed rivals.

U.S.-led coalition strikes in Syria kill dozens of civilians

Syria airstrikes
Smoke rises above the city of Daraa, Syria. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

At least 43 people, including 17 children and 12 women, were killed Saturday in U.S.-led airstrikes in the last ISIS-held pocket of eastern Syria, the AP reports.

The big picture: At least 191 civilians have been killed in coalition attacks since Sept. 10, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The coalition claims to do all it can to prevent civilian casualties, but say the problem is exacerbated by ISIS militants that prevent civilians from leaving the area.