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A Syrian rebel stands guard next to a damaged shop in the old city of Aleppo, on November 12, 2012. Syrian troops pounded rebel lines near Damascus and in the northern city of Aleppo, while fighting raged around the northeast town of Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The civil war in Syria threatens to widen beyond its borders following the latest actions by the military. Turkey is protesting a bombing in a rebel-held Syrian town near the Turkish border.
Meanwhile, Israel is expressing concern about mortar fire spilling over from the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli armistice line.
We talk with Liz Sly, foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, who is currently in Iraq.