Syrian troops back by armour stormed the last opposition
bastion in Damascus on Friday in a drive to crush a rebel
offensive that coincided with a bomb attack that killed four of
President Bashar al-Assad’s top security officials.
Syria’s civil war has intensified in the last few weeks,
with fighting engulfing Damascus and Aleppo for the first time
in the 17-month-old uprising against Assad family rule.
The two cities are crucial prizes for both sides in an
increasingly brutal struggle that has eluded all attempts at a
diplomatic solution and risks igniting a wider conflagration.