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Country In 'State Of War,' Says President

June 27 2012


President Bashar Assad now says Syria is in a "state of war," reports the Globe and Mail (Canada).

In a speech on state television, Assad ordered his new Cabinet, appointed on Tuesday, to crush the uprising, reported AFP.

There has been heavy fighting just outside Damascus between rebels and the elite Republican Guard, commanded by the president's brother, Maher.

On Wednesday, gunmen stormed the headquarters of the pro-government Ikhbariya television station, about 14 miles...

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