Nothing left to lose

A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network on July 15, 2012 allegedly shows smoke rising from the Jouret al-Shayyah neighbourhood of the Syrian central city of Homs, following shelling by forces loyal to the Syrian government regime. Syria's military deployed armoured vehicles near central Damascus on July 16, as troops battled rebels around the capital in what activists said could be a turning point in the 16-month uprising. "AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK"

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 17, 2012, on page 7.




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