'Heavy fighting' reported in Damascus neighborhood

The Free Syrian Army appears to be changing its tactics somewhat following several high profile defeats in the countryside. The FSA has attacked President Assad's forces close to home; a heavily guarded Damscus neighborhood where several regime leaders live. New York Times: Heavy fighting erupted early Monday between armed defectors and the Syrian Army in a wealthy and well-protected area of Damascus, according to anti-government activists and residents who described the clashes as the most intense in such a strategic area of the capital since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began a year ago. t least 18 members of the security forces were killed in the battle, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The official SANA news agency put the toll much lower, saying one member of the security forces had died during a raid on a "hideout of an armed terrorist group" in the wealthy district that also killed two opposition fighters. The...(Read Full Post)