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Syrian Civil War

U.S. pledges nearly $1 billion for Syrian refugee crisis

The United States will donate more than $925 million in aid for Syrian refugees, "the most complex humanitarian emergency of our time," Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Thursday.

Speaking at a donors conference in London that gathered representatives of about 70 countries to confront the crisis, Kerry noted after nearly five years of fighting that has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced millions, "the situation on the ground is actually worse, not better."

The conference was overshadowed by the apparent breakdown in peace talks in Geneva, where delegations from the Syrian government and some opposition groups had gathered under United Nations...