Damascus under attack

Associated Press
This image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows smoke and fire billowing from an explosion in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Heavy fighting erupted in Damascus Wednesday as government forces tried to hold back a new rebel effort to push the civil war into the heart of the Syrian capital, activists said.(AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

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The suburbs of Syria's capital of Damascus braced for a second day of fighting as rebels battled the forces of President Bashar al-Assad Feb. 8. The army launched a major offensive to break a stalemate in the city, killing 55 people in 24 hours.

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