Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

60 Killed in Syrian Army Attack on Rebels on Damascus Fringes

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

60 Killed in Syrian Army Attack on Rebels on Damascus Fringes

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The Syrian Arab News Agency also reported that 18 civilians, including children, died when a car bomb exploded at a busy intersection in Jaramana on the eastern approaches to Damascus.

The Syrian Army attacked a large group of antigovernment insurgents on Wednesday near the Syrian capital, killing more than 60, according to monitors and state media.

The official news agency, SANA, also reported that 18 civilians, including children, died when a car bomb exploded at a busy intersection in Jaramana on the eastern approaches to Damascus.

The rebels killed near Damascus belonged to the Nusra Front, and some were foreigners, the news agency said. It published a series of photographs showing bloodstained bodies in drab olive uniforms lying on what seemed to be sandy desert ground. The Nusra Front is an extremist group that the United States has designated a terrorist organization.

In recent months, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been seeking to clear areas around Damascus of rebels threatening the capital. …

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