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Dec 11, 2012

Syrian rebels battle army near Damascus

BEIRUT, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Syrian rebels clashed with forces
loyal to President Bashar al-Assad near Damascus airport on
Tuesday, battling for the capital’s outskirts after 20 months of
conflict which the United Nations said has driven half a million
people from the country.

Fighting near the airport, 20 km (12 miles) south-east of
Damascus city centre, is part of a broader confrontation between
Assad’s forces and rebels who hold a near continuous arc of
territory from the east to the southwest of Assad’s power base.

Dec 5, 2012

NATO warns Syria not to use chemical weapons

BRUSSELS/BEIRUT (Reuters) – NATO told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday that any use of chemical weapons in his fight against encroaching rebel forces would be met by an immediate international response.

The warning from NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen came as U.S. government sources said Washington had information that Syria was making what could be seen as preparations to use its chemical arsenal.

Dec 4, 2012

Syrian army pounds Damascus rebel districts

BEIRUT, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Syrian government forces bombarded
rebel districts near Damascus on Tuesday in a sustained
counter-attack to stem rebel gains around President Bashar
al-Assad’s power base.

The fighting around Damascus has led foreign airlines to
suspend flights and prompted the United Nations and European
Union to reduce their presence in the capital, adding to a sense
that the fight is closing in.

Dec 4, 2012

Syrian army pounds south Damascus to stem rebel gains

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government forces bombarded rebel districts near Damascus on Tuesday in a sustained counter-attack to stem rebel gains around President Bashar al-Assad’s power base.

The fighting around Damascus has led foreign airlines to suspend flights and prompted the United Nations and European Union to reduce their presence in the capital, adding to a sense that the fight is closing in.

Nov 30, 2012

Syria jets bombard rebel targets on airport road

BEIRUT, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Syrian air force jets bombarded
rebel targets on Friday close to the Damascus airport road and a
regional airline said the violence had halted international
flights to the capital.

Activists said security forces clashed with rebels trying to
topple President Bashar al-Assad around Aqraba and Babilla
districts on the southeastern outskirts of the Damascus which
lead to the international airport.

Nov 28, 2012

Car bombs kill 34 in pro-Assad Damascus suburb

BEIRUT, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Two car bombs exploded in an
attack that killed at least 34 people on Wednesday in a district
of the Syrian capital loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

The explosions struck the eastern neighbourhood of Jaramana,
home to many of Syria’s Druze minority as well as Christians who
have fled violence elsewhere, ripping through nearby shops and
bringing debris crashing down on cars.

Nov 27, 2012

Insight: Rebels seizing initiative in long war for Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Rebel strikes against military bases across Syria have exposed President Bashar al-Assad’s weakening grip in the north and east of the country and left his power base in Damascus vulnerable to the increasingly potent opposition forces.

Rebel fighters, who have taken at least five army and air installations in the last 10 days, are still waging an asymmetrical war against a powerful army backed by devastating air power, and predict months of conflict still lie ahead.

Nov 27, 2012

Rebels seizing initiative in long war for Syria

BEIRUT, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Rebel strikes against military
bases across Syria have exposed President Bashar al-Assad’s
weakening grip in the north and east of the country and left his
power base in Damascus vulnerable to the increasingly potent
opposition forces.

Rebel fighters, who have taken at least five army and air
installations in the last 10 days, are still waging an
asymmetrical war against a powerful army backed by devastating
air power, and predict months of conflict still lie ahead.

Nov 25, 2012

Hezbollah says could hit all of Israel in future war

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel on Sunday that thousands of rockets would rain down on Tel Aviv and cities across the Jewish state if it attacked Lebanon.

Speaking four days after the ceasefire which ended a week of conflict between Israel and the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza, Nasrallah said Hezbollah’s response to any attack would dwarf the rocket fire launched from Palestinian territories.

Nov 19, 2012

Gaza assault raises anger in changed Arab world

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has stirred anger across the Middle East among populations who hope that Arab uprisings can translate into a tougher stance against Israel.

Television footage of Israeli airstrikes and pictures of civilian casualties, including four children killed on Sunday, have fuelled rage in the region.

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      "I run Reuters news operations in Beirut, Damascus and Amman. I have reported from across the Middle East since 1992, mainly in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Dubai. I have also edited political and general news from Europe/MiddleEast/Africa and was parliamentary correspondent in London."
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