The Latest from Syria: Evidence of a Massacre in a Damascus Suburb

Monday, August 27, 2012

Syrian rebels stand on pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they take position in the northern city of Aleppo on August 3, 2012. (Getty)

The death toll continues to rise and rise in Syria. This weekend, Syrian opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad’s army of mass executions in the town of Daraya, in the suburbs of Damascus. Videos uploaded online show a grave filled with children's bodies and a basement of gun-wounded corpses.

This is the latest atrocity in weeks of violence as Assad and opposition forces battle to claim the cities of Aleppo and Damascus.

Joshua Landis is director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Jon Leyne is covering the story for our partner the BBC.

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