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    Syrian Forces Pound Damascus Suburbs

    A general view of buildings, damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in Daraya, near Damascus, December 1, 2012.
    A general view of buildings, damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in Daraya, near Damascus, December 1, 2012.
    VOA News
    Syrian security forces attacked rebel-held suburbs of Damascus with fighter jets and rockets Sunday, killing at least ten people and wounding dozens in an offensive to stop rebels closing in on the capital.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighter jets carried out two airstrikes on the Damascus suburb of Daraya, while heavy rocket attacks pounded the nearby town of Deir al-Asafir, east of the capital, where most of the casualties took place.

    Rebels are trying to push into the city center from their strongholds on the outskirts and fighting has been fierce. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been trying to establish a secure perimeter around Damascus at all costs, turning the province into one of the main battlegrounds in the country's 20-month conflict.

    The Observatory said the Syrian air force also launched airstrikes on the northern city of Aleppo as well as targets across northern Idlib province and the Mediterranean city of Latakia.

    Also Sunday, a car bomb exploded near a mosque in a government-held district of the central city of Homs. Syria's state-run news agency said the attack killed 15 people and wounded 24. The Observatory reported that seven people died, but added that many of the wounded were in critical condition.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    Homs, Syria's third largest city, was one of the key centers of the armed uprising against President Assad.

    Clashes around Damascus International Airport went into a fourth day Sunday. It has effectively been closed since Thursday when the army tried to push back rebels who say the entire airport road had become a battleground.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Crime Must Be Destroyed ! from: Australia
    December 03, 2012 6:33 AM
    Dear The USA and Free World!
    We don’t need Russia and China any longer.
    Why?
    Besause, up to now, we have understood exactly that “WHO THEY ARE”.
    Forever, the destiny of all innocent Syrians can’t depend on “the mercy” of Russia and China.
    Putin as well as Chinese communists, really look down The Value of Mankind in the world. They always only focus on their too poor personal benefits.
    The whole world will protest against them.
    It’s they, must bear the full responsibility for the death of more than 36.000 Syrians during 20 recent months.
    Please help the mild and innocent Syrians to break up Assad’s Military Force well, as soon as possible!
    Please prove to all the dictatorial regimes the world over that, VIOLENCE IS NOT ALL!
    Please free all the wretched people all over the world from the wicked governments!

    by: Anonymous
    December 02, 2012 8:25 PM
    I believe the forces loyal to Assad should be referrred to as "Assads Forces" rather than "Syrian Forces". The Assad Forces do not care about the people of Syria. Many of which are from Iran now apparently. A lot of Syrian Forces left Assad because they were instructed to destroy the country and the lives of fellow Syrians.

    This is a war Assad vs Syria (the people).

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