This image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, show smoke rising from fighting near a main highway in Damascus, Syria. Rebels pushed forward in their battle with the Syrian army in northeastern Damascus on Friday, shutting down a main highway with a row of burning tires, activists said. A number of rebel brigades launched a campaign Wednesday to attack regime checkpoints along the highway and have been clashing in the area since. The government has responded by shelling number of rebel areas nearby. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

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This image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, show smoke rising from fighting near a main highway in Damascus, Syria. Rebels pushed forward in their battle with the Syrian army in northeastern Damascus on Friday, shutting down a main highway with a row of burning tires, activists said. A number of rebel brigades launched a campaign Wednesday to attack regime checkpoints along the highway and have been clashing in the area since. The government has responded by shelling number of rebel areas nearby. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)
This image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, show smoke rising from fighting near a main highway in Damascus, Syria. Rebels pushed forward in their battle with the Syrian army in northeastern Damascus on Friday, shutting down a main highway with a row of burning tires, activists said. A number of rebel brigades launched a campaign Wednesday to attack regime checkpoints along the highway and have been clashing in the area since. The government has responded by shelling number of rebel areas nearby. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)
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