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June 26, 2012 8:00 am

Fighting in Damascus Brings Assad’s Elite Units into Fray

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The General Establishment of Post in Damascus, Syria with images of presidents Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar al-Assad, and the Syrian flag draped on the building. Photo: wiki commons.

CBS News/AP – Syria’s elite Republican Guard forces clashed with rebels outside the capital Tuesday in some of the most intense fighting involving the special forces since an uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime began last year, activists said.

The clashes erupted near Republican Guard housing compounds and bases in the suburbs of Qudsaya and Hammah, about five miles from central Damascus, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It said several people have been reported killed but gave no figures.

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