Syria goes tough on rebels

The Syrian military stepped up its campaign to drive rebel fighters out of Aleppo on Monday, firing artillery and motors while a fighter jet flew over a district the army said it had retaken the day before. However, opposition activists denied government forces had entered the Salaheddine district, which lies in the southwest of the country’s biggest city and straddles the most obvious route for Syrian troop reinforcements coming from the south.

Hospitals and makeshift clinics in rebel-held eastern neighborhoods were filling up with casualties from a week of fighting in Aleppo, a commercial hub that had previously stayed out of a 16-month-old revolt against President Bashar-al-Assad. “Some days we get around 30, 40 people, not including the bodies,” said a young medic in one clinic. “A few days ago we got 30 injured and maybe 20 corpses but half of those bodies were ripped to pieces. We can’t figure out who they are.”

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 40 people, including 30 civilians, were killed in Syria on Monday. Two rebel fighters died in Salaheddine. Outgunned rebel fighters, patrolling in flat-bed trucks flying green-white-and-black “independence” flags, said they were holding out in Salaheddine despite a battering by the army’s heavy weapons and helicopter gunships.

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Shooting, blasts in Iraq leave 106 dead

Bombings and shootings ripped across Iraq on Monday, killing at least 106 people in the deadliest day in more than two years. The coordinated attacks in 15 cities sent a chilling warning that al-Qaida is slowly re-surging in the security vacuum created by a weak government in Baghdad and the departure of the US military seven months ago.

Though there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq declared last week a new offensive aimed at sowing instability across the country. Al-Qaida is trying to send a message that is still strong and can choose the time and places to attack,” said Shia lawmaker Hakim al-Zamili.

In one brazen assault on Monday, three carloads of gunmen pulled up at an Iraqi army base near the northeastern town on Udaim and opened fire, killing 13 soldiers before escaping, officials said. The deadliest attack, however, took place just north of Baghdad in Taji, where a double bombing killed at least 41 people. The blasts were timed to hit as police rushed to help victims from a series of five explosions minutes earlier.

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