1. OPPOSITION

    Syrian Defectors Kill 27 Soldiers

    Lebanese anti-Syrian regime protesters shout slogans against Syrian president Bashar Assad as they hold a poster showing Assad in an altered photo composite hanged by a rope with Arabic words reading "very soon," during a protest to show their soldarity to the Syrian protesters, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Friday Dec. 2, 2011. Hours of intense shooting and clashes across Syria killed at least four people Friday and wounded dozens more, including an 11-year-old girl who was struck by stray bullets that whizzed across the border into Lebanon, activists and security officials said. The Arabic headbands read, "there is no God only God." (AP Photo)

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    More than two dozen members of Syria’s security forces were killed Wednesday in an ambush by military defectors—a retaliation for the deaths of five others earlier in the day. The defectors attacked four military vehicles with rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire on a supply route between the central city of Hama and the northern province near Turkey, where troops have been fighting against military defectors. This was the second attack by Army defectors this week, as retaliation for civilian deaths.

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