Insight: Battle for Damascus: frozen but bloody




 
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February 20th, 2013  
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Topic: Insight: Battle for Damascus: frozen but bloody


DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Rebel fighters in Damascus are disciplined, skilled and brave. In a month on the frontline, I saw them defend a swathe of suburbs in the Syrian capital, mount complex mass attacks, manage logistics, treat their wounded - and die before my eyes. But as constant, punishingly accurate, mortar, tank and sniper fire attested, President Bashar al-Assad's soldiers on the other side, often just a room or a grenade toss away, are also well drilled, courageous - and much better armed. ...




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