|The International Committee of the Red Cross now officially considers the conflict in Syria to be a civil war. Although it might seem like a no-duh declaration, officially labeling the conflict a civil war could be the first step in planning any future prosecutions for war crimes, points out Reuters. The designation means international humanitarian law--known as the rules of war--applies throughout Syria, giving each side of the conflict guidelines on what kind of force they can use.
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