21 dead in Damascus as Syrian forces, rebels trade salvos

February 5, 2015 4:39 PM

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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces and rebel forces traded salvos of rockets and mortar shells Thursday around Damascus, killing at least 21 people in tit-for-tat violence.

Outside observers said anti-government forces struck first, after a rebel commander vowed to hit government-held areas of the Syrian capital to avenge the past week's strikes by government warplanes on opposition-held suburbs. That commander, Zahran Alloush of the Army of Islam rebel group, said in ...

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