1. Escalation

    343 Killed in Syria

    Smoke billows on August 4, 2012 in the Damascus suburb of Tadamun, the scene of heavy fighting which was retaken by government troops in the afternoon. The Syrian army now has the whole of the capital under its control, a brigadier-general told journalists visiting the southern neighbourhood which the general said was the last rebel bastion in the city to revert to army hands. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/GettyImages)

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    As world leaders gathered at the United Nations to speak about ending violence in Syria, opposition forces reported the deadliest day in conflict's history. At least 343 Syrians are reported to have died in fighting accross the country Wednesday. Two explosions went off in Damascus, and gunfire between the rebel fighters and regime forces lasted for over three hours. Rebels in the country detonated two car bombs at President Bashar al-Assad’s army headquarters, killing at least five people, including a reporter for Iranian television."The staggering numbers are horrific but the world also needs to know that there is increasing sexual torture and more children being tortured," a spokeswoman for the Local Coordination Committees of Syria told reporters.

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