Friday, January 4, 2013
Syrian warplanes bomb suburbs of the capital
BEIRUT — Syrian ground and air forces bombarded rebel strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus and other areas around the country today while anti-government forces targeted a military post near the capital with a car bomb, activists said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes targeted neighborhoods around the capital including Douma, which troops have been trying to recapture for weeks.
Damascus-based activist Maath al-Shami said government troops were firing rockets and mortars from the Qasioun mountains overlooking the capital down at orchards near the southern suburbs of Daraya and Kfar Sousseh. The Observatory says troops were also fighting rebels in Aqraba and Beit Saham, also south of Damascus, near the capital’s international airport.
The Syrian Army General Command said troops directed “painful strikes” against the “armed terrorist groups” of Jabhat al-Nusra, a group the U.S. claims is linked to al-Qaida-linked organization.