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Uri Avnery on why Hagel's nomination is so important
'Forsaken by the West'
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Drones Are Fool's Gold
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 Obama, Karzai Ambiguous on Troop Levels
Decade hasn't managed to correct Afghanistan's problems
Syria's Rebels Form Secret Police Force
Group styled after regime's feared 'Mukhabarat'
French, EU Troops Invade Mali for Offensive
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 Annexing the West Bank
Philip Weiss on Israel's cruel stupidity
The Case of Lynn Stewart
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Will Brennan Increase Syria's Torture?
Pepe Escobar on America's al Qaeda fighters
At Least 30 Killed in Damascus Air Strike
Rebels Claim Much Higher Death Tolls as Gas Station Bombed
by Jason Ditz, January 02, 2013
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Syrian warplanes struck a gas station in the Damascus suburb of Mulelha today, killing at least 30 people according to witnesses at the site. The cause of the strike was unclear, as Mulelha is not generally a rebel stronghold, and has not been targeted in the past.
Syrian state media has yet to comment on the incident at all, while rebels have reported dramatically higher death tolls, with some reporting over 70 dead and scores of others wounded in a single missile strike.
It is difficult to break down the exact tolls of dead and wounded, particularly when an explosion scatters destruction across a fairly wide area, but the station was believed to have just received a shipment of petrol before the strike, making it particularly crowded with drivers.
Some rebel statements also claimed that the majority of the slain were children, though why there would be such a large number of children around a crowded petrol station is unclear, and other statements made no such claims.
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Highlights
Welcome, Chuck
Uri Avnery on why Hagel's nomination is so important
'Forsaken by the West'
Larry Diamond on Obama's Betrayal of Bahrain
Drones Are Fool's Gold
They prolong wars we can't win, says Simon Jenkins
Breaking News
Obama, Karzai Ambiguous on Troop Levels
Decade hasn't managed to correct Afghanistan's problems
Syria's Rebels Form Secret Police Force
Group styled after regime's feared 'Mukhabarat'
French, EU Troops Invade Mali for Offensive
Hollande: French troops to stay as 'long as necessary'