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    Syrian Forces Shell Damascus, 35 Killed

    An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 22, 2012 allegedly shows a Syrian army tank deploying the the Nahr Aishe neighborhood of Damascus, August  22, 2012.
    An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 22, 2012 allegedly shows a Syrian army tank deploying the the Nahr Aishe neighborhood of Damascus, August 22, 2012.
    Syrian government forces have renewed their attacks in the capital, Damascus, killing at least 35 people in a campaign of shelling and artillery fire.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told VOA that Wednesday's deaths occurred in Kfar Souseh, Daraya and other southern districts where anti-government rebels operate.

    Residents said the shelling and aerial bombardment were some of the fiercest since the army reasserted control over the opposition neighborhoods. They said rebels who left the city last month during a brutal army campaign had started to return.

    Also Wednesday, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told BFM-RMC radio that France is providing the Syrian opposition with “non-lethal” military aid such as means of communication and protection. But he added that France opposes any military intervention in Syria without U.N. backing.

    Mr. Ayrault said France had responded to a request from the rebels for aid.

    Medical sources in Lebanon said at least seven people were killed overnight in the northern city of Tripoli in clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites divided over Syria.

    More than 100 people have been wounded in fighting which erupted this week along a sectarian fault line separating rival neighborhoods in the city.

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is from the minority Alawite sect.

    Mark Snowiss

    Mark Snowiss is a Washington D.C.-based multimedia reporter.  He has written and edited for various media outlets including Pacifica and NPR affiliates in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @msnowiss and on Google Plus

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    by: Anonymous
    August 23, 2012 10:26 AM
    US never care what majority of Syrian people think. They just care what "rebel" (minority--most of them are terrorists) that was encouraged and supported by US from the beginning think because "rebel" is pro-US and Asad government is not pro-US. Everybody should remember: we almost never heard any big negative news about president Asad before US and its western followers created "rebel" of Syria. Actually, we often heard positive news about him before the "rebel" jumped out suddenly.

    by: Mahdi from: USA
    August 23, 2012 3:29 AM
    I really never liked Assad nor his father, but these western excuses are a blatant proof that they never really cared about democracy or the well being of the Syrian people.

    The bloodshed continues because the US, France and UK wanted it to continue. All they needed to do is to force the so called 'rebels' (mostly Wahabi fundamentalists) accept the peace plan, instead they gave them weapons, food and intelligence and ordered them to back out from the UN deal.

    Now I cheer for Assad, because at this point in time he is on the side of truth and his people. I 'm tired of Obama's foreign policy.

    by: ARMIN1361 from: mashad
    August 23, 2012 2:28 AM
    us backed terrorists just keep coming .they bring nothing but misery to cities.Syrian army has every right to pound the rebel strong holds until these terrorists leave for good.just wondering why a terrorist minority wants to force it self on majority of people who obviously do not want them in Damascus and Aleppo.

    by: Anonymous
    August 22, 2012 11:49 AM
    Another killing spree day for Assad. Nothing new, indiscriminately killing men women and children with no accuracy, this is disgusting. Each bomb he drops on his own people is a form of terrorism. Long live the people, minds, and souls of Syria, WITHOUT Assad, forever.

    by: Be Careful!!!
    August 22, 2012 11:32 AM
    Be careful!!! Obama is planning to make same excuses (using chemical weapons or making nuclear weapons) to attack Syria. US governments have used these kind of excuses for many times before they started to attack another country in the history. Russia and China should have some big actions before US and its western followers really start to implement their plan.
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    by: Anonymous
    August 23, 2012 12:22 PM
    Exactly what Juan said. Syria needs to kill Assad themselves unfortunately, not by the hand of an American soldier. Assad and his family has killed tens of thousands of innocent people. It is time the table has turned and Assad either be a) captured and put on trial in Syria ... or b) killed by one of the family members that survived from one of his bombing missions.
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    by: Juan pereda from: us
    August 22, 2012 5:17 PM
    We do not need to send our troops, What Obama ,and his administration needs to do is, furnish the rebels with arms to destroy the tanks, the helicopters and the Airplanes

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