A file picture taken on June 2, 2014 shows a Syrian army soldier climbing out from a 10 meters tunnel reportedly dug by rebels fighters in Jobar, a mostly rebel-held area on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID
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Syrians wage 'war of tunnels' for DamascusGuided more by what they can hear than see, Syrian troops and rebels are battling in the bowels of Damascus, digging tunnels in a campaign to control the eastern entrance to the capital. Inside an empty building, a hole in the floor leads to an observation room 7 meters down, where army computers are linked to cameras rigged up inside a network of army tunnels.For the army there are two red lines -- Abbasid Square and Jobar's March 8 Tower, which would allow rebel snipers to target much of eastern Damascus if captured.Several months ago the army discovered a rebel tunnel that ran behind their lines, and managed to thwart "a massive attack on Damascus" at the last minute, the colonel says.
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