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Syria / Crackdown / Damascus #1023961

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Jun 09, 2012
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(Studio: Jim Axelrod) Report introduced.

(Damascus: Elizabeth Palmer) The fighting in Syria featured; scenes shown from Damascus of evidence of battle, a man speaking against President Bashir al-Assad, shelling and shooting in Dara'a, the site of a Wednesday massacre; details given about ethnic violence and ethnic cleansing. The move of the fighting towards downtown Damascus discussed.

(Studio: Jim Axelrod) A statement from the Russian foreign minister about Syria noted.

(Washington: Whit Johnson) The Syrian government attack using the army and shabia, armed loyal "ghost" thugs, featured; scenes shown from the Houla massacre carried out by shabia and elsewhere. [Washington Inst. for Near East Policy Andrew TABLER‡- talks about the use of shabia to reassert fear.]

Axelrod, Jim;
Palmer, Elizabeth;
Johnson, Whit

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