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Syria: Assad troops fight back against rebels

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Syria: Assad troops fight back against rebels

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Soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have reportedly beaten back some rebels advancing on the capital. But fierce street fighting continues on the doorstep of Damascus.

Clashes near the airport are also being talked about. But with journalists’ access restricted, the real situation is unclear.

Escalating bloodshed has prompted the Arab League to suspend its monitoring mission. But observers will stay in Syria until further notice.

As efforts intensify at the UN to secure a political transition, Russia says Syria has accepted Moscow’s mediation. The opposition, however, refuses to talk to the regime until Assad steps down.