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October 12, 2013 2:00 pm

Fighting Intensifies Around Key Syrian Chemical Weapons Sites

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Free Syrian Army fighter prepares to shot RPG at the Syrian Army in Homs, Syria. Photo: wiki commons.

WSJ – DAMASCUS, Syria—One day after the head of the international organization tasked with destroying Syria’s chemical weapons called for a cease fire to allow his team to carry out its work, government and rebel forces stepped up clashes aimed at controlling an area that is home to two of the main research and production facilities.

The Syrian military carried out more than a dozen airstrikes against rebels and their supporters in and around the town of Safira, just southeast of Aleppo. where the sites, called the Defense Factories and Scientific Research facilities, are located, according to opposition activists.

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