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Personal account of James Miller, Managing Editor of The Interpreter, a publication on Russia, Ukraine, and Syria. A contributor at Reuters, The Daily Beast, RFE/RL, elsewhere.
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2012 October 5 - Syria Live Coverage Excerpts

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Personal account of James Miller, Managing Editor of The Interpreter, a publication on Russia, Ukraine, and Syria. A contributor at Reuters, The Daily Beast, RFE/RL, elsewhere.
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Intensification around Damascus

As a result of the news of the FSA's victories in Ghouta, east of Damascus, several areas of the city are under attack by Assad forces, and fierce fighting has broken out in several locations.

Fires rise in Tadamon.

Smoke rises in Irbeen as some men drag what appears to be part of the helicopter behind their truck. The smoke rising may be the crash site, but that is not clear.

The LCC has two disturbing claims of escalation. The first, that 6 people were reportedly killed and dozens injured by shelling and mortars in Saqba. 

The second, that more than a thousand shabiha may be on their way to a village northwest of Damascus:

More than 1000 Shabih wearing civilian's clothes and carrying weapons and knives went out towards Qudsaya and its Suburbs lead by a Brigadier in the Air Force Intelligence. Most residents who fled Qudsaya headed to Qudsaya suburbs.
Is this claim true? For now, it is unconfirmed, but the LCC is rarely this alarmist.

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Protests in Syria, 5 October 2012
Kafranbel has an important message for Obama and the world.... 
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Protests and Bombings in Houla
 Earlier we saw this video showing protesters gathering and chanting in Houla, west of Homs and cite of one of the worst massacres in the history of this conflict.
However, since this protest has started, there are reports that shells have landed on the town. Several videos show the damage. In this first video, a shell lands after the 18 second mark.
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Video Collection from Protests Across Syria
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Personal account of James Miller, Managing Editor of The Interpreter, a publication on Russia, Ukraine, and Syria. A contributor at Reuters, The Daily Beast, RFE/RL, elsewhere.
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We Want Weapons, Not Statements

Large protests have spread across the country of Syria today. A common theme is voted on by activists across the nation using Facebook polls. Today's theme: "We Want Weapons, Not Statements," a reference to the lack of international response to the Syrian crisis.

Incredibly, despite all the violence inflicted upon the city, large crowds of protesters gathered in Darayya, southwest of Damascus. Many hundreds have died in Darayya in the last two months. 

Large crowds gathered across Idlib province, the stronghold of the opposition, though the regime's guns, shells, and planes are never far away.

This was reportedly taken in Sarmda: 

And this reportedly is Ma'arrat al Nouman:
We'll continue to collect videos throughout the day.
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