UPDATE 2-Syrian forces fire Scud missiles at rebels -US official – Reuters

Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:22pm EST

* U.S. officials unaware of any previous use of the missiles

* Use seen as escalation in Assad’s struggle to retain power

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS Dec 12 (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have fired Scud missiles at rebels trying to overthrow Syria’s government, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, a step seen as an escalation in Assad’s struggle to retain power.

U.S. officials said they were unaware of any previous instances in which Scuds were used against the rebels since the start of the 20-month-old uprising, which has killed…

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