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NYT: NJ man helps arm militias in Damascus' Old City

Damascus’s Old City has been largely unscathed by war, but a New Jersey man raised there is helping arm and organize militias to protect the historic district. Full story

Pro-Assad militia kills Syrian reconciliation team in Homs

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shot dead at least six mediators sent to try to reconcile warring sectarian groups in the province of Homs, where people on opposing sides in Syria's war had until now been able to coexist, residents said on Tuesday. Full story

Libyan protesters call for armed militias to be disbanded

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan protesters took to the streets on Sunday calling for the disbanding of militias that have plagued Tripoli since the end of the 2011 war. Full story

Libya promises to break militias as ministry held for second day

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's government is drawing up plans to disband militias who have plagued the capital since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the justice minister said as an armed group occupied the interior ministry for a second day. Full story

At least three dead in Somali port clash: witnesses

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a brief skirmish between rival militias in southern Somalia, witnesses said, the second deadly flare-up so far this month in the disputed strategic port of Kismayu. Full story

Libyan army chief urges rebels to join the army

BENGHAZI (Reuters) - The new head of Libya's military on Tuesday called on armed groups to put themselves under the command of the national army, after clashes in which 31 people were killed, adding that patience was running out with the independent militias. Full story

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Armed men oversaw checkpoints this spring in the Old City of Damascus, part of a growing band of militias arming and organizing against the rebels.
Armed men oversaw checkpoints this spring in the Old City of Damascus, part of a growing band of militias arming and organizing against the rebels.

Armed men oversaw checkpoints this spring in the Old City of Damascus, part of a growing band of militias arming and organizing against the rebels.

Members of the Light Foot Militia perform a flag ceremony at the end of the days training during an annual militia gathering on Bureau of Land Management land near Priest River, Idaho
Members of the Light Foot Militia perform a flag ceremony at the end of the days training during an annual militia gathering on Bureau of Land Management land near Priest River, Idaho

Members of the Light Foot Militia perform a flag ceremony at the end of the days training during an annual militia gathering on Bureau of Land Management land near Priest River, Idaho June 22, 2013. Picture taken June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY POLIT

Members of the Light Foot Militia salute the American flag as it is lowered at the end of the day, during an annual militia gathering on Bureau of Land Management land near Priest River, Idaho
Members of the Light Foot Militia salute the American flag as it is lowered at the end of the day, during an annual militia gathering on Bureau of Land Management land near Priest River, Idaho

Members of the Light Foot Militia salute the American flag as it is lowered at the end of the day, during an annual militia gathering on Bureau of Land Management land near Priest River, Idaho June 23, 2013. Picture taken June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY

Members of the Light Foot Militia fire pistols during a training exercise at an annual militia gathering on Bureau of Land Management land near Priest River, Idaho
Members of the Light Foot Militia fire pistols during a training exercise at an annual militia gathering on Bureau of Land Management land near Priest River, Idaho

Members of the Light Foot Militia fire pistols during a training exercise at an annual militia gathering on Bureau of Land Management land near Priest River, Idaho June 23, 2013. Picture taken June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)