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August 13, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
JARAMANA, Syria - They were cleaning up the debris the other day at Alaa's falafel shop, its windows blown out and its interior in shambles after a car bomb detonated in Swords Square, the heart of this bustling Damascus suburb. "They came to Syria to do jihad," said one distraught resident, whose in-law was among 10 killed in the July 25 blast. "Pardon me, but why don't they go to Israel to do their jihad?" This teeming district, its population swelled by residents fleeing violence elsewhere in the country because of its relative sense of security, is now under attack.
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April 3, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - A series of mortar shells fired by rebels killed six children and injured 16 others Thursday in and around the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to Syria's official news agency. Rebels based in the capital's outskirts frequently fire mortar shells into the city, which is under tight security. The recent rise in strikes on the capital comes after a relative lull in such attacks earlier in the year. Government officials condemn the mortar fire as indiscriminate. Commanders of forces opposing President Bashar Assad say the attacks target only military, police and government installations.
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July 25, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - A  car bomb exploded Thursday in the densely populated Damascus suburb of Jaramana, killing 10 people and injuring scores, authorities said. The explosion in the bustling suburb, whose population is considered largely loyal to the government of President Bashar Assad, was a reminder of the civil war still raging in much of Syria. Recent government operations have pushed rebels back from the capital and resulted in a decrease in attacks in Damascus. Jaramana is a working-class suburb with a significant  population of Druze and Christians among its more than 200,000 residents.
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October 20, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - As diplomats haggled over the prospect of Syrian peace talks, dozens of people were killed and many injured Sunday when a massive car bomb exploded outside the central Syrian city of Hama. The blast was the latest in a string of bombings and fierce clashes that have continued to ravage Syria as U.S., Russian and other officials try to bring both sides to the table in Geneva for negotiations to help end the conflict, now in its third year. But the prospects for peace appear dim. A suicide driver detonated the car bomb on an eastern approach to Hama, according to opposition and official accounts.
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November 28, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times staff
AMMAN, Jordan -- Dozens of people were killed Wednesday morning in four consecutive explosions that rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus. Twin car bombings first struck the pro-regime suburb of Jaramana around rush hour near the town's main square. An eyewitness told activists that the first bomb went off near the entrance of a building and as people gathered to help the injured a nearby Mercedes also exploded. Witnesses reported many bodies lying in the street, and photos from the scene showed damaged buildings and cars under rubble.
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October 19, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The United Nations' top humanitarian official urged both sides in the Syrian civil war on Saturday to allow aid workers access to thousands of civilians trapped in one of several besieged suburbs ringing the capital, Damascus. Valerie Amos, the U.N.'s chief for humanitarian and relief issues, called for an “immediate pause in hostilities” to allow access for medical and other rescue personnel into Moadhamiya, a mostly rebel-held town southwest of the capital, Damascus.
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April 3, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - A series of mortar shells fired by rebels killed six children and injured 16 others Thursday in and around the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to Syria's official news agency. Rebels based in the capital's outskirts frequently fire mortar shells into the city, which is under tight security. The recent rise in strikes on the capital comes after a relative lull in such attacks earlier in the year. Government officials condemn the mortar fire as indiscriminate. Commanders of forces opposing President Bashar Assad say the attacks target only military, police and government installations.
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June 6, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
DAMASCUS, Syria - After two years of grinding conflict, they are talking victory in Mazzeh Jabal 86, a gritty urban hillside where narrow alleys are festooned with jury-rigged electrical cables and testimonials to the "martyrs" lost fighting for the government of President Bashar Assad. Televisions were tuned Thursday to images of troops advancing through the rubble of Qusair, which had been a rebel logistics hub for more than a year before being overrun this week by the Syrian army and allies from Lebanon-based Hezbollah.
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October 20, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - As diplomats haggled over the prospect of Syrian peace talks, dozens of people were killed and many injured Sunday when a massive car bomb exploded outside the central Syrian city of Hama. The blast was the latest in a string of bombings and fierce clashes that have continued to ravage Syria as U.S., Russian and other officials try to bring both sides to the table in Geneva for negotiations to help end the conflict, now in its third year. But the prospects for peace appear dim. A suicide driver detonated the car bomb on an eastern approach to Hama, according to opposition and official accounts.
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October 29, 2012 | By Times staff
BEIRUT - Syrian government shelling of areas held by opposition forces and a car bomb in a suburb considered loyal to President Bashar Assad killed and injured dozens of people Monday, activists and state news media said. The fighting came on what was supposed to be the last day of a four-day holiday cease-fire. The truce, however, was broken within hours of its start Friday. Activists reported fierce government shelling in Damascus, the capital, and its suburbs. In the Hajar Aswad neighborhood, eight people in a minibus were killed when a shell struck a building and caused rubble to fall onto the vehicle, activists said.
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October 19, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The United Nations' top humanitarian official urged both sides in the Syrian civil war on Saturday to allow aid workers access to thousands of civilians trapped in one of several besieged suburbs ringing the capital, Damascus. Valerie Amos, the U.N.'s chief for humanitarian and relief issues, called for an “immediate pause in hostilities” to allow access for medical and other rescue personnel into Moadhamiya, a mostly rebel-held town southwest of the capital, Damascus.
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August 13, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
JARAMANA, Syria - They were cleaning up the debris the other day at Alaa's falafel shop, its windows blown out and its interior in shambles after a car bomb detonated in Swords Square, the heart of this bustling Damascus suburb. "They came to Syria to do jihad," said one distraught resident, whose in-law was among 10 killed in the July 25 blast. "Pardon me, but why don't they go to Israel to do their jihad?" This teeming district, its population swelled by residents fleeing violence elsewhere in the country because of its relative sense of security, is now under attack.
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July 25, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - A  car bomb exploded Thursday in the densely populated Damascus suburb of Jaramana, killing 10 people and injuring scores, authorities said. The explosion in the bustling suburb, whose population is considered largely loyal to the government of President Bashar Assad, was a reminder of the civil war still raging in much of Syria. Recent government operations have pushed rebels back from the capital and resulted in a decrease in attacks in Damascus. Jaramana is a working-class suburb with a significant  population of Druze and Christians among its more than 200,000 residents.
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June 6, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
DAMASCUS, Syria - After two years of grinding conflict, they are talking victory in Mazzeh Jabal 86, a gritty urban hillside where narrow alleys are festooned with jury-rigged electrical cables and testimonials to the "martyrs" lost fighting for the government of President Bashar Assad. Televisions were tuned Thursday to images of troops advancing through the rubble of Qusair, which had been a rebel logistics hub for more than a year before being overrun this week by the Syrian army and allies from Lebanon-based Hezbollah.
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November 28, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times staff
AMMAN, Jordan -- Dozens of people were killed Wednesday morning in four consecutive explosions that rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus. Twin car bombings first struck the pro-regime suburb of Jaramana around rush hour near the town's main square. An eyewitness told activists that the first bomb went off near the entrance of a building and as people gathered to help the injured a nearby Mercedes also exploded. Witnesses reported many bodies lying in the street, and photos from the scene showed damaged buildings and cars under rubble.
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August 6, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
ANTAKYA, Turkey - Syrian rebels say they have seized a military air base in Aleppo province, almost a year after they laid siege to the facility, one of the last remaining government holdouts in the northern Syria province. The final thrust, they said, was kicked off by two suicide bombers - foreign fighters with the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham - who  attacked loyalist soldiers with explosives-laden armored vehicles. A 12-hour firefight ensued and by nightfall Monday, rebel fighters from the Islamist group as well as several Free Syrian Army brigades claimed full control over the airport.
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December 13, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The United States faced a growing backlash Wednesday for its decision to blacklist a Syrian rebel faction because of alleged terrorist ties amid reports that the Syrian military had fired Scud missiles at insurgents. The use of Scuds, a Soviet-designed ballistic weapon, would represent a major government escalation against insurgents trying to close in on the remaining loyalist strongholds in the capital, Damascus, and elsewhere. According to one U.S. official, Syrian forces in recent days have fired half a dozen Scud missiles from near Damascus into rebel-held areas of northern Syria.
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