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Syrian troops battle rebels near Iraq border

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Syrian government forces fought rebels on Wednesday for control of a military base and an airfield near the eastern town of Albu Kamal on the Iraqi border, a local Iraqi official and a Syrian rebel commander said. … Continue reading

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Rebels Say Syria Using Fear Tactics in Damascus

By: Damien Cave BEIRUT, Lebanon — Gunfire and shelling rocked Damascus, Syria, and its suburbs on Wednesday as opponents of President Bashar al-Assad reported a widening campaign by the military to sow fear and death in neighborhoods where the rebels … Continue reading

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Syrian rebels fight on for Aleppo despite local wariness

By: Martin Chulov More than a month into the battle for Aleppo, the rebels who seized control of much of the city sense that its residents do not yet fully support them. Opposition fighters – around 3,000 of them – … Continue reading

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Japanese journalist killed covering Syria fighting

TOKYO, Japan – A Japanese war correspondent was shot and killed while covering Syria’s civil war, her family and the government said Tuesday.   Mika Yamamoto worked for The Japan Press, an independent TV news provider that specializes in conflict … Continue reading

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Life With Syria’s Rebels in a Cold and Cunning War

Abdul Hakim Yasin, the commander of a Syrian antigovernment fighting group, lurched his pickup truck to a stop inside the captured residential compound he uses as his guerrilla base. His fighters had been waiting for orders for a predawn attack … Continue reading

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At a Damascus fairground, nobody’s laughing

By: Phil Sands DAMASCUS – A year ago, the amusement park on the outskirts of Damascus was jammed with suburbanites celebrating the first day of Eid. Families with young children were out enjoying the holiday, teenage boys and girls paraded … Continue reading

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Syria: Mapping the Insurgency

Few international journalists are present and conditions are difficult and dangerous. Reports of violence often comes via accounts posted on social networking sites, accompanied by grainy camera phone footage. But based on detailed analysis of rebel and regime activity since … Continue reading

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How a freedom-fighting pharmacist showed me the complex truth about Syria’s sectarian conflict

By: Luke Harding It was 5am, and Mohamad Baree was hiding with his fighters behind a large rock. Some 300 metres away, a column of Syrian army tanks was advancing towards Aleppo through the countryside. The group of rebels were … Continue reading

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Walking Into Syria: A Reporter’s Visit To Where Rebels Are ‘Running The Show’

By: Deborah Amos Getting into Syria has been a journalistic obsession since anti-regime protests began there in March 2011. The choices have been risky or next to impossible. The Syrian regime has given out few journalists’ visas (full disclosure, I … Continue reading

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British intelligence enabled Syrian rebels to launch devastating attacks on President Assad’s regime, official says

By: Leon Watson British intelligence on Syrian troop movements is helping rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, it was revealed today. The disclosure by a Syrian opposition official is the first indication of British intelligence playing a covert … Continue reading

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