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Syria rebels reinforce key suburb in Damascus battle

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels poured reinforcements into a key Damascus suburb on Tuesday in an attempt to push back government troops who have renewed their campaign to secure the capital and build on battlefield gains elsewhere in the country.Full story

U.N. says Syrian government and rebels recruit children to fight

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syrian troops and rebels are recruiting children to fight in the country's civil war and some have been tortured by government forces for having links to the opposition, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in a report on Wednesday. Full story

Insight: Battle for Damascus: frozen but bloody

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Rebel fighters in Damascus are disciplined, skilled and brave. Full story

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