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Syria east 2012 8 14

Smoke billows on August 4, 2012 in the Damascus suburb of Tadamun, the scene of heavy fighting which was retaken by government troops in the afternoon. The Syrian army now has the whole of the capital under its control, a brigadier-general told journalists visiting the southern neighbourhood which the general said was the last rebel bastion in the city to revert to army hands.