Heavy Fighting in Damascus

    A Syrian rebel runs with his AK-47 towards a Syrian army checkpoint in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Saturday March 17, 2012. Two suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in near-simultaneous attacks on heavily guarded intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital Damascus Saturday, killing at least 27 people. (AP Photo)

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    Intense fighting erupted Monday in the Syrian capital of Damascus as rebels and government security forces clashed. The opposition has moved in on the key neighborhood of al Mazzeh, where there are embassies and security buildings—and the homes of some of President Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle. It’s the fiercest fighting in the Syrian capital so far in the yearlong uprising, and rebels have made apparent gains elsewhere in the country.

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