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    Surprise Attack Restarts Clashes in Syrian Capital

    Nobody saw it coming. Multiple Syrian rebel factions launched an audacious dawn attack on eastern Damascus yesterday — a surprise move that came just days after the latest round of U.N.-brokered peace talks failed to produce any meaningful deal. The insurgents attacked with car bombs and surprised President Bashar Assad’s forces by tunneling underground to breach the Damascus security perimeter, hoping to stake new claims after months of territorial losses. Despite early gains, government forces have reportedly beaten the rebels back with airstrikes, while at least 15 civilians were killed.

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