Sunday, July 22, 2012

The road to Damascus

There is a real risk of a lengthy civil war with an ultimate partition of Syria.

BAB-AL SALAM, Syria/BEIRUT — Syrian forces bombarded parts of Damascus with helicopter gunships on Sunday, witnesses said, rounding people up as troops clawed back territory a week after opposition fighters launched a major assault on the capital.

In a further escalation of a conflict that opponents of President Bashar al-Assad have turned into all-out civil war, fighting raged around the intelligence headquarters in the biggest city Aleppo and in Deir al-Zor in the east.

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