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Syria violence leaves 25 dead; revenge cited

8 soldiers killed by defectors, activists report

By Zeina Karam
Associated Press / December 15, 2011
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Violence across Syria killed at least 25 people yesterday, including eight soldiers who were gunned down by army defectors in a retaliatory ambush after government troops destroyed a civilian car, activists said. It was the second day in a row in which an attack by President Bashar Assad’s forces on civilians appears to have brought a quick and deadly act of revenge by anti-regime fighters. The ambush was the latest sign that the once-peaceful protest movement is growing into an insurgency.

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