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Insight: Battle for Damascus: frozen but bloody

A Free Syrian Army fighter (L) looks at his comrade as he gets shot by sniper fire in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this January 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

A Free Syrian Army fighter (L) looks at his comrade as he gets shot by sniper fire in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this January 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

A Free Syrian Army fighter (L) looks at his comrade as he gets shot by sniper fire in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this January 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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Free Syrian Army fighters try to rescue a comrade (3rd L) who was shot by sniper fire in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this January 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

Free Syrian Army fighters try to rescue a comrade (3rd L) who was shot by sniper fire in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this January 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

Free Syrian Army fighters try to rescue a comrade (3rd L) who was shot by sniper fire in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this January 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this January 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this January 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this January 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade use a shotgun to fire a fuse-lit stick of dynamite at Syrian Army soldiers in the Arabeen neigbourhood of Damascus in this February 9, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade use a shotgun to fire a fuse-lit stick of dynamite at Syrian Army soldiers in the Arabeen neigbourhood of Damascus in this February 9, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade use a shotgun to fire a fuse-lit stick of dynamite at Syrian Army soldiers in the Arabeen neigbourhood of Damascus in this February 9, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade fire at Syrian army positions during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus in this January 26, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade fire at Syrian army positions during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus in this January 26, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade fire at Syrian army positions during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus in this January 26, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade screams in pain as he is hit by shrapnel from a hand grenade during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus in this January 26, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade screams in pain as he is hit by shrapnel from a hand grenade during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus in this January 26, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade screams in pain as he is hit by shrapnel from a hand grenade during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus in this January 26, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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