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  • This citizen journalism image taken from video provided by Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a fire burning at the site of a Syrian government airstrike on a gas station in the eastern Damascus suburb of Mleiha, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Activists say dozens of people have been killed or wounded in an air raid on a gas station near the capital Damascus. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    U.N. estimates Syria death toll more than 60,000

    The United Nations estimated Wednesday that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria's 21-month-old uprising against authoritarian rule, a toll one-third higher than what anti-regime activists had counted. The U.N. human rights chief called the toll "truly shocking."

  • A wounded man is pulled from the site of a Syrian government airstrike on a gas station in the eastern Damascus suburb of Mleiha, Syria, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. This citizen-journalist image was taken from video that was authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Dozens killed, wounded in airstrike near Damascus

    A Syrian warplane blasted a gas station near Damascus on Wednesday, killing and wounding dozens of people and igniting a huge fire in what could be one of the bloodiest attacks in weeks during the 22-month civil war.

  • In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke rises from buildings from heavy shelling in Homs, Syria, on Dec. 27, 2012. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Syrian rebels step up siege of northern airbase

    Syrian rebels stepped up their siege of a military base in north of the country Friday as government warplanes bombed surrounding areas to support the defenders, activists said.

  • Syria warplanes bomb buildings, kill 3 children

    Syrian warplanes bombed two buildings Monday in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least five people, including three children from the same family, activists said.

  • Free Syrian Army fighters are seen in a truck outside their headquarters in Aleppo, Syria, on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

    Syrian planes pound Aleppo; 3 children among the dead

    Syrian warplanes bombed two buildings on Monday in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least five people, including three children from the same family, activists said.

  • Syrian child, Taybah Al-Hajji, 1, whose family fled their home in Aleppo 15 days ago due to Syrian government shelling, sits next to her one month old brother Abdulghani, sleeping in a child safety seat covered with a mosquito net, as they take refuge with their family at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    French direct aid a dubious break for Syria rebels

    France's decision to send direct aid to Syria's opposition represents a break for the rebels after months of Western hesitation over fears that costly equipment intended for Syria's opposition could get lost or fall into the wrong hands. But even the French action, rebels and activists say, amounts to so little that it's all but useless.

  • This image made from video provided by Shaam News Network and accessed via AP video purports to show a demonstration in Aleppo, Syria, on Aug. 31, 2012. Syrian rebels have begun a major operation in the Aleppo region, aiming to strike at security compounds and bases around Syria's largest city, activists said. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Syrian rebels launch new operation in Aleppo

    Emboldened Syrian rebels launched a major operation in the north, targeting security compounds and bases around the country's largest city of Aleppo, activists said Friday.

  • This image made from amateur video released by the Ugarit News and accessed July 30, 2012, purports to show Free Syrian Army soldiers in Anadan 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Aleppo, Syria. (Associated Press/Ugarit News via AP video)

    Humanitarian problems grow in besieged Aleppo

    Humanitarian conditions have grown even more dire in the besieged Syria city of Aleppo with activists reporting on Tuesday dwindling stocks of food and cooking gas and only intermittent electricity supplies as droves of residents flee 11 days of intense clashes between rebels and regime forces.

  • Syrians hold anti-government protest in Aleppo, Syria, Friday, July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Alberto Prieto)

    Syrian forces move to retake Aleppo

    Syrian government tanks backed by attack helicopters swept into Aleppo on Saturday as the regime launched an assault to regain control of the country's largest city a week after rebels seized several neighborhoods.

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    Syria unleashes helicopters on rebels in Aleppo

    With warplanes circling overhead, Syrian attack helicopters pounded rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Tuesday in an escalation of the battle for the country's commercial capital and largest city, residents and activists said.

  • ** FILE ** Syrian security forces officers hold portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad from the windows of their building, which was destroyed after a car bomb exploded near the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Thursday June 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

    Syria troops regain key Damascus suburb

    Syrian troops flushed out rebels from a key Damascus suburb Saturday, regaining control of a key area just outside the capital after a 10-day assault that left dozens dead, hundreds wounded and caused a major humanitarian crisis.

  • This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN and taken on Thursday, June 21, 2012, purports to show smoke from shelling rising up from buildings in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood of Homs province, central Syria. The Associated Press is unable to independently verify the authenticity, content, location or date of this handout photo. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)

    Syrian TV says gunmen kidnapped and killed 25

    A video emerged Friday showing more than a dozen bloodied corpses in Syria, some of them piled on top of each other and in military uniforms, in what the government said was a "massacre" by rebels in the northern province of Aleppo.

  • Syrian protesters gather around U.N. observers during their visit to the restive suburb of Douma, outside Damascus, Syria, on Monday, April 23, 2012. (AP Photo)

    Activists: Syrian forces resume shelling

    Activists said Syrian troops on Wednesday fired mortar shells and machine guns at a Damascus suburb that was visited repeatedly by U.N. observers, prompting calls for the international mission to stay on in flashpoints to prevent regime attacks.

  • This image made from amateur video purports to show a Free Syrian Army solider accompanying U.N. observers in Rastan town in Homs, Syria. (Associated Press)

    U.N. monitors tour Syrian town; troops pound suburb

    U.N. cease-fire monitors toured a rebel-held town in central Syria on Sunday with army defectors, while government troops pounded a Damascus suburb with artillery and heavy machine guns, activists said.

  • This image made from video and supplied by Syrian TV shows U.N. observers during a visit to Homs, Syria, on Saturday, April 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Syria TV via AP Video)

    U.N. observers tour rebel-held Syria town

    U.N. cease-fire monitors toured a rebel-held town in central Syria on Sunday with army defectors, while government troops stormed and shelled a Damascus suburb, activists said.

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