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Syria Rights Groups: Combatants See Civilians as Fair Game

As the war in Syria expands, with Russia's role growing, new ground assaults taking place in multiple areas and the United States planning new efforts to fight Islamic State militants, rights activists say civilians are increasingly falling victim. And even combat leaders say that civilians are being used as tools in the war. Rights workers say Russian airstrikes deliberately target schools and field hospitals in rebel-held and contested areas, aping the tactics of the Syrian air...

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