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Violence in Syria spreads as army splits

Middle East analysts fear civil war

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Largely peaceful protests in Syria have turned increasingly violent as army defectors fight back against government troops in what some analysts worry could be the beginnings of a sectarian civil war. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday tried to take back a central town from opposition troops. Details of the attack remain scant. Few experts rate the opposition’s chances of Libya-style revolt very highly. Many, however, worry that sectarian violence could spread, possibly even beyond Syria’s borders.

Reuters

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