Nightly News | December 12, 2012
>>> a big change to report tonight from inside that building for the obama administration when it comes to syria . the u.s. now recognizes the rebels as the legitimate representatives of the syrian people , not the assad regime. meanwhile, that regime is using a new weapon against the uprising. it's got a familiar name. it's something we all remember from the gulf war . our pentagon correspondent jim mcla shev ski has been watching it all.
>> reporter: they're scud missiles . u.s. officials tell nbc news that for the first time in two years, the syrian military is firing scud missiles at rebel forces in the north. 6 to 8 of these scuds packed with 1,000 pounds of explosives have been fired from damascus suburbs over the past several days, aimed apparently at rebel strongholds. nbc's richard engel reports from syria tonight that at least two of these scuds landed in civilian neighborhoods. the rebels claim seven civilians were killed in one attack in the town of idlib and that several others were injured or killed just outside aleppo. at the same time, the war in syria is really heating up in and around damascus. the syrian military has been attacking neighborhoods with incident yardry bombs and rockets even as rebels continue to close in on the capital. officials here say the fact that the syrian military is using more and more of these indiscriminate weapons is further proof that the syrian regime has become ever more desperate.