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Rebels attack military building in Damascus

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CNN, 26 Sep 2012 - With explosives and gunfire, rebels attacked a military building in Damascus on Wednesday, the second such attack on a military facility in two days.
The government said a fight was under way to "cleanse" the terrorists from the targeted building -- the office of the joint chiefs of staff -- but military officials are fine.
However, Iran’s state-run Press TV said one of its correspondents was killed by gunfire and its bureau chief hurt. It was unclear whether it has offices in the building or the journalists were there covering a story.
At least 21 other journalists have been killed covering the Syrian war since November, making the nation the most dangerous place in the world for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
The Free Syrian Army, a prominent armed group battling government forces, claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack.
A day earlier, dual attacks rattled a Damascus school building used by Syrian intelligence. The new school year has not started.
The brazen assaults on military facilities in the capital city show the resilience of a rebel force that has shown no signs of slowing down despite a brutal government crackdown that has gone on for 18 months.
The government blamed the attacks on the military sites on "terrorists," a term it consistently uses to describe anti-regime fighters. It vowed to continue its "unyielding fight" to confront terrorism.
Across the nation, at least 100 people were killed in attacks Wednesday. So far, the conflict has left more than 26,000 people dead since March 2011.

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