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Syrian activist group says 140,000 people have been killed since crisis began 3 years ago

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    In this image made from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, vehicles smolder after an explosion outside a mosque in Yadouda, Syria, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. A car bomb blew up outside a mosque in a rebel-held village in southern Syria as worshippers were leaving after Friday prayers, killing dozens of people and filling clinics and hospitals with the wounded, anti-government activists said. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network) (The Associated Press)

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    Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad speaks to the media during a news conference after the second round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi) (The Associated Press)

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    Louay Safi, spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, speaks to the media during a news conference after the second round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi) (The Associated Press)

A Syrian activist group says the death toll in that country's conflict has reached 140,000.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday the dead from three years of political violence include civilians, rebels, members of the military, pro-government militiamen and foreign fighters.

The group bases its count on a network of informants on the ground.

The group says more than 3,400 people have been killed so far this month, an escalation in the violence even as the government and opposition hold peace talks in Geneva.

The U.N.'s human rights office said in January it has stopped updating the death toll from Syria's civil war, confirming that it can no longer verify the sources of information that led to its last count of at least 100,000 in late July.