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Syrian Warplanes Bomb Northern Lebanon

Syrian Air Force fighter plane (2012 photo)Syrian Air Force fighter plane (2012 photo)
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Syrian Air Force fighter plane (2012 photo)
Syrian Air Force fighter plane (2012 photo)
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Syrian warplanes have fired missiles into northern Lebanon, a move the United States calls a "significant escalation" in the conflict between the Syrian government and rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.

There is no word on damage or casualties from the shelling Monday. This is the first time Syrian forces have fired at suspected rebel targets inside Lebanon, which is struggling to stay neutral in the Syrian civil war.

Earlier Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States does not oppose British and French efforts to arm the Syrian rebels.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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by: frank yosso from: brooklyn new york usa
March 19, 2013 3:34 AM
While the war in Syria is unfortunate I hope America can keep out of it. That Civil War has the potential to go on for years and years, providing weapons for one side or the other or perhaps both sides will ensure its long life. The war can spread and create instability, and become a future breeding ground of Islamic terrorist...

by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
March 18, 2013 7:54 PM
Probably a test run, to see how the world reacts; eventually as the dictatorship re-aligns/solidifies its positions, it may plan to square the borders, to provide depth for its Shia/Alawitte statelet. It is not a good outcome, as expected, the Syrian civil war continues to spread.

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