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    Syrian Army Bombs Damascus Suburbs

    Buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet operated by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Houla, near Homs December 6, 2012.
    Buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet operated by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Houla, near Homs December 6, 2012.
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    Syrian activists say the army has bombed two Damascus suburbs and poured in military reinforcements in an effort to try to reclaim territory controlled by rebels.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday the army fired rockets at the rebel-held Daraya and Moadamiah suburbs southwest of the capital. The group said it feared that troops massing on the suburbs' outskirts could be the prelude to an imminent ground assault.

    On Thursday, United Nations peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said the United States and Russia agree on the need to find a "creative solution" to bring Syria back from the brink.

    Brahimi held three-way talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a human rights meeting in Dublin earlier Thursday.

    Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that intelligence shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be considering using chemical weapons as rebel successes in the civil war put more and more pressure on his government.

    The White House has warned Assad that using chemical gas against his own people would be a "red line" for the United States and bring serious consequences.

    Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Maqdad has told Lebanese television that if Syria had chemical weapons, it would not use them against the Syrian people. He said the West is using threat of chemical weapons as an excuse to intervene.

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    by: Anonymous
    December 07, 2012 4:42 PM
    Syrian Army Bombs Damascus??? Really?
    The so called "Syrian Army" is not backed by the Syrian people, nor does the so called "Syrian Army" care about the people of Syria. These so called "Syrian Army" are really "Assads Army" there is a big difference. Armys are used to fight wars against other nations, not the people of the same country. These are purely thugs, and every Syrian Army member should be held accountable. Assad is still killing and looting civillians all over Syria. It is time the world holds Assad responsible for his crimes. People of Syria don't want Assad there, he is now considered an occupier of Syria, he is not a leader for any Syrians. Assads Army is responsible for genocide, and should be held fully accountable by the people of Syria. I wish the Syrians would hurry up and capture Assad so this war can be over.

    by: bunsin flame from: Maryland
    December 07, 2012 8:12 AM
    "He (Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Maqdad) said the West is using threat of chemical weapons as an excuse to intervene." That sounds like a pretty damn good excuse for an intervention if you ask me. Use of atomic, biological, or chemical weapons, especially on your own people is inexcusable.
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    by: Anonymous
    December 07, 2012 4:44 PM
    Even if there isn't any chemical weapons... Assad has killed way too many civillians in Syria, he needs to be stopped. Hats off to anyone who disables him and holds him accountable for his crimes. Hang him high for the world to see, these types of actions this day and age will not be tolerated anymore.

    by: Thom H from: Washington
    December 07, 2012 7:57 AM
    Does any journalist verify the news releases from the Syrian opposition? So much of what they have said has turned out to be outright lies. Is the VOA just a mouthpiece for vested interests?

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