BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese TV station has broadcast footage of Syrian government troops driving rebels from a building they had occupied after a military compound in Damascus was attacked by car bombs.
The images came from Lebanon's Al Manar TV station, whose correspondent was with Syrian troops on Wednesday on what was described as an assault to retake army command headquarters.
Flames engulfed the headquarters after rebels detonated two car bombs in carefully orchestrated attacks followed by over three hours of gunbattles in and around the compound. Four Syrian guards and a reporter for Iranian TV were killed.
The footage showed the bodies of three rebels inside the building after government troops took control. The bomb attacks highlighted the regime's growing vulnerability as rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad grow bolder.