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  • In this image taken from video, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian rebels capture a helicopter air base near Damascus, Syria, the capital, after fierce fighting on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

    Activists: Syrian rebels seize major dam in north

    Syrian rebels on Monday captured a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River in the country's north after days of heavy clashes, carting off boxes of ammunition and notching the latest in a string of recent strategic advances for opposition fighters, activists said.

  • In this image taken from video that has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke rises from buildings after government shelling in the Damascus suburb of Zabadani, Syria, on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Syrian rebels capture air base near Damascus

    Syrian rebels captured a helicopter base just outside Damascus Sunday in what an activist called a "blow to the morale of the regime" near President Bashar Assad's seat of power.

  • UN observers welcome their comrades upon their return from al-Haffa, in northern Syria, to Damascus, Syria on Saturday, June 16, 2012. U.N. Observers in Syria suspended their activities and patrols Saturday because of escalating violence in the country, the head of the mission said, the strongest sign yet that an international peace plan for Syria is disintegrating. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

    U.N. observers in Syria suspend operations

    U.N. observers suspended their patrols in Syria on Saturday due to a recent spike in violence, the strongest sign yet that an international peace plan was unraveling despite months of diplomatic efforts to prevent the country from plunging into civil war.

  • An anti-Syrian regime protester holds a Syrian revolution flag and chants slogans against Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration after Friday prayers in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, March 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Activists: Syrian troops storm northwestern town

    Syrian troops backed by tanks stormed a northwestern town on Saturday in the latest of a series of pushes by regime forces into rebel-held areas, but faced strong resistance from defending army defectors, activists said.

  • French television cameraman Gilles Jacquier, shown in an undated photo, was killed on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Homs, Syria, while on assignment. (AP Photo)

    French cameraman killed in Syria

    A French cameraman was killed Wednesday in Syria during a government-authorized trip to the restive city of Homs, the first Western journalist to be slain since the country's uprising began 10 months ago, officials said.

  • Syrian forces fire on activists near monitors from Arab League

    Syrian security forces opened fire Thursday on tens of thousands protesting outside a mosque in a Damascus suburb, close to a municipal building that members of the Arab League monitoring mission were believed to be visiting.

  • A demonstrator gestures under a large poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a rally in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    Activists: Syrian troops kill 100 in village

    Government forces surrounded residents of a restive Syrian village in a valley and killed all those trapped inside — more than 100 people — in a barrage of rockets, tank shells, bombs and gunfire that lasted for hours, a witness and two activist groups said Wednesday.

  • Cars burn after being attacked by supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Homs, Syria, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, in this image taken from amateur video. (AP Photo/Sham News Network via Associated Press Television News)

    Activist: 8 Syrian troops killed in revenge ambush

    Gunmen believed to be army defectors opened fire on a military convoy in central Syria on Wednesday, killing eight soldiers in a retaliatory ambush after troops destroyed a civilian car, an activist group said.

  • 28 are killed in violence near Syria's border with Turkey

    Syrian security forces fired on a funeral procession in a restive northwestern border region, killing two people and raising Tuesday's death toll to at least 28, activists said.

  • In this photo released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Syrian pro-government demonstrators carry national flags along with pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a rally in the border town of Quneitra, about 40 miles south of Damascus, Syria, on Monday, July 18, 2011. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Intense shooting in central Syrian city

    Syrian security forces swept through neighborhoods in a restive central city on Thursday, firing machine guns and pulling people from their homes in a series of arrests, activists and residents said.

  • A Syrian family shouts slogans against Syrian President Bashar Asssad as they wear Syrian independence flags during a protest outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Sunday, July 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Syrian troops descend on central city, shoot 20

    Syrian troops raided homes and made sweeping arrests in the central city of Hama on Monday, wounding at least 20 people before sealing off the city just days after about 300,000 protesters there held the largest demonstration since the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted in mid-March, activists said.

  • Turkish Red Crescent workers pitch tents in a new camp that can receive up to 15,000 Syrian refugees in Apaydin, Turkey, on Friday, June 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Activist: Syria kills 2 protesting after funerals

    Syrian forces opened fire at funerals for slain political protesters, a human rights activist said Sunday, leaving two more people dead as the government of President Bashar Assad tries to subdue weeks of demonstrations against the leader.

  • In this image taken on a mobile phone, a Syrian soldier patrols streets Sunday in Damascus, Syria. A 12-year-old boy was killed Sunday as gunfire and shelling erupted in the central Syrian city of Homs, a flashpoint in the widespread seven-week-old uprising against President Bashar Assad's autocratic regime, an activist said. (Associated Press)

    Syrian authorities detain hundreds in fresh raids

    Syrian security forces arrested hundreds of activists and anti-government protesters in house-to-house raids across the country Monday, part of an escalating government crackdown aimed at stamping out a revolt engulfing the country.

  • Door-to-door raids, arrests latest effort to quash uprising

    Syrian troops conducted door-to-door raids in cities and towns across the nation Monday, arresting scores of people in a campaign of intimidation aimed at crushing the six-week uprising against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime, activists said.

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