Syrian army using 'new tactics'

The Syrian deputy foreign minister has told ITV News the army is using "new tactics, new ways to deal with armed groups." Faisal Mekdad told International Editor Bill Neely "now we know the art of how to fight them."

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Syria video 'shows executions by al-Qaeda linked rebels'

Fighters linked to al-Qaeda executed 11 men they accused of taking part in massacres orchestrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a video published online apparently showed.

A video was posted online of 11 men being executed in Syria. Credit: Reuters

A man whose face was covered in a black balaclava shot each man in the back of the head as they kneeled, blindfolded and lined up in a row.

The executioner said in the video: "The sharia court for the eastern region in Deir al-Zor (east Syria) has sentenced to death these apostate soldiers that committed massacres against our brothers and families in Syria."

The fighters shouted "God is great" as each man was shot.

ITV News cannot independently verify the authenticity of these video clips which were posted on a social media website and distributed by Reuters.

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Smoke on the Damascus skyline after airstrikes

by - Former International Editor

A MiG warplane attacked two targets at the edge of Damascus. There were two loud passes over the Syrian capital, bombed once and then returned, five minutes later there were plumes of white smoke over the skyline.

Smoke rises from two hits after a MiG airstrike in Damascus.
Smoke rises from two hits after a MiG airstrike in Damascus. Credit: ITV News/ Bill Neely

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