1. SYRIA

    Helicopter Downed in Damascus

    Rebel fighters fire against pro- Syrian government forces at the al-Mashad neighbourhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on August 25, 2012.  Syrian rebels say they are digging in for a war of attrition in Aleppo, where what was being billed as the "mother of all battles" is now dragging on into a second month of bloody stalemate.  AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

    Aris Messinis, AFP / Getty Images

    Syrian rebels say they shot down a helicopter that was firing on people in Damascus on Monday. A helicopter crash in the neighborhood of Qabun in the capital city was confirmed by state media reports. In video footage posted by activists of the downed helicopter, rebels are heard shouting, “God is greatest.” As violence continues in the country, there has been a sharp uptick in the number of civilians fleeing across Syria’s shared border with Turkey, with the neighboring country temporarily closing two border crossings Sunday as it struggled to process the influx of refugees.

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