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Rebel push into Damascus raises fears

Posted: February 9, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.

Sheik Ahmad al-Assir, a hard-line Sunni Lebanese cleric, delivers a sermon in support of Syrian rebel fighters and Syrian refugees after Friday prayers in Beirut.

Syrian rebels took their fight within a mile of the heart of Damascus on Friday, seizing army checkpoints and cutting off a key highway with a row of burning tires as they pressed their campaign for the heavily guarded capital, considered the likely endgame in the nearly 2-year-old civil war.

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