September 26th, 2012
09:40 AM ET

Rebels attack military building in Damascus

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 117 people were killed in attacks Wednesday. So far, the conflict has left more than 26,000 people dead since March 2011.

–CNN's Faith Karimi contributed to this report.

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  1. the 1 prophet

    The Middle East is being devided between US and Russia, Russua wants Syria so the US will stay out Syria, Russis intelligence has infiltrated Syria and adding the so called rables fighters for liberation, which are nothing more then Russians paramilitary chased out of Afganistan

    September 26, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. fructose

    I really am not sure which side we should be pulling for. They keep reporting atrocities from both groups. Plus after what happened in Egypt with conservative Muslims coming in to power once their revolution is complete. I just don't know. Obama is a good guy. He will figure it out.

    September 26, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. the 1 prophet

    Negative it's not up to Obama to solve world crises, rather the will of s civilization with help of a higher authority of being perhaps, Islam Nations are divided and the coming of Muhammad has been delayed, instead Russia and USA are splitting and colonizing the Middle East .

    September 26, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    Arab League vs Iran (or Sunni vs Shia, if you prefer) being fought by proxy on Syrian soil.

    September 26, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. fructose


    September 26, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. the 1 prophet

    My Suggestion for the leaders of the world to inspire them !! is watch the movie how the west was won 1962 an epic-western film

    September 26, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • J Factor

      I'd recommend 20!6 the movie, instead.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |