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Syrian rebels take battle to heart of Damascus

By: Adrian Blomfield and Ruth Sherlock Government tanks opened fire in central Damascus for the first time in the 15-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad this weekend, as William Hague compared the situation in Syria with “Bosnia in the 1990s”. … Continue reading

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Video: CNN – Is Syria’s regime losing Damascus?

Fierce & widespread clashes break out in Damascus, causing speculation Assad’s grip may be slipping. Arwa Damon reports.

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Syrian rebel fighters launch coordinated attacks around Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria – An estimated 600 Syrian Free Army fighters simultaneously attacked government targets from five directions around the capital of Damascus, Sky News learned Sunday. During the Friday operation, a bus carrying Russian oil workers was hit and rocket-propelled … Continue reading

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Syria: Shelling reported in south; clashes in Damascus

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian government shelling overnight in the southern Syrian city of Dara left at least 17 dead, opposition activists said, while fierce clashes were also reported in suburbs of the capital, Damascus. The violence underscored the failure so … Continue reading

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Rebels battle in Assad stronghold of Damascus

By: Diaa Hadid and Bassem Mroue BEIRUT — Bullets and shrapnel shells smashed into homes in the Syrian capital of Damascus overnight as troops battled rebels in the streets, a show of boldness for rebels taking their fight against President … Continue reading

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‘Heavy clashes’ in outskirts of Syrian capital Damascus

Fierce fighting broke out in the outskirts of Syria’s capital, Damascus, and surrounding suburbs late last night, anti-government activists said. Residents in Damascus said they heard heavy gunfire from the fighting, while activists in nearby suburbs said they heard explosions … Continue reading

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Rare inside view of four days of Syria fighting

For four days, Syrian army units and armed rebels of the Free Syrian Army fought for control of this town in a battle that demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of both sides. In the end, the rebels abandoned their positions, … Continue reading

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Turkish consulate in Aleppo still functions as Syria expels diplomats

Syria’s Foreign Ministry has announced that Damascus is expelling Western diplomats in response to a mass expulsion of Syrian envoys by Western capitals last week; however, Turkish Foreign Ministry officials say the Turkish Consulate General in Aleppo is still functioning. … Continue reading

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Syria permits aid workers to enter

Syria has agreed to allow humanitarian workers and supplies into four of its provinces hit hardest by violence, a promise of some relief in a nation where one million people need aid urgently due to the fighting. At the same … Continue reading

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Damascus merchants put up shutters in challenge to Assad

In the biggest act of civil disobedience by Damascus merchants in Syria’s 15-month-old uprising, many stores have been closed for a week in protest against the massacre of more than 100 people in Houla on May 25. The closures have … Continue reading

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