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March was the deadliest month in the Syrian war. 
Lauren Wolfe of Women Under Siege reports in great deal the massive rape crisis facing women in Syria.
A new report from King’s College says that the Syrian conflict has drawn in hundreds of Europeans to fight.
The Free Syrian Army’s female fighters.
The Syrian conflict has stirred up a “fuel war” of sorts in Lebanon. 
Matthieu Aikins reports that Aleppo’s Kurds appear to have switched sides to support the rebels.
Palestinians protest and inmates go on hunger strike after the death of inmate Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, whom they say received inadequate medical care. 
Two Palestinian teenagers were shot and killed by Israeli forces yesterday during clashes in the West Bank city of Tulkarm.
The “inner syntax of Palestinian stone-throwing.”
Popular Egyptian satirist and television personality Bassem Youssef is facing accusations of insulting Islam and President Morsy.
In a sign that Iran and Egypt are working to restore ties, the first commercial flight from Cairo to Tehran in 34 years took off on Saturday.
Adnan Pachachi, a veteran of the Iraqi political system, writes about “the road to failure in Iraq” for the New York Times At War Blog.
Eleven candidates have been killed so far in the lead-up to Iraqi provincial elections. 
Iran is slowing and limiting its nuclear activity ahead of its looming election.
A suicide attack in Farah province, Afghanistan, on Wednesday is the deadliest attack in the country for civilians in over a year, killing 44 and wounding 100.
Afghanistan filed a formal protest amidst growing worries about Pakistan’s “unilateral construction and physical reinforcement activities” on the border of Ningarhar province. 
Frontline reports on the recruitment activities of Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. 
Seven people were killed when militants raided an electricity plant in Peshawar, Pakistan.
China released a Tibetan political prisoner after 17 years. 
North Korea will restart its nuclear reactor.
The US will deploy a missile defense system to Guam as a response to North Korean threats. 
In March, Ieng Sary, one of the last living leaders from the Khmer Rouge, died of a heart attack. He also died “not guilty,” despite being on trial twice for genocide. He died while the most recent trial was still underway.
This Easter season marked fifteen years since the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. Colum McCann writes beautifully about the miracle and process of peace for the New York Times. 
Militancy remains a cause for concern as Northern Ireland prepares to host the G8 summit.
More than 200 people were arrested over the union flag protests. 
Leaders from Serbia and Kosovo are returning home with no accord after meeting in Brussels for EU-mediated negotiations over how to address ethnic Serbs living in Northern Kosovo.
The hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay is expanding, now 39 of the 166 prisoners have met the minimum standards for definition of hunger striker. 
Attacks against the Argentinian press increased dramatically over the past year. 
The woman behind Blog Del Narco, the anonymous blog that graphically chronicles the drug war in Mexico, spoke for the first time to The Guardian and The Texas Observer. 
The UN passed the first international arms trade regulation treaty with an overwhelming majority. 
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called for a major structural shake-up in the Pentagon, ordering a top to bottom review, likening it to the last major reorganization in 1986.
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Photo: Hebron, West Bank. Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security. Ammar Awad/Reuters

This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.

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Photo: Hebron, West Bank. Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security. Ammar Awad/Reuters

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