As the exit date for Western combat forces nears, their challenge will be to keep up the training of Afghan fighters amid a climate of growing suspicion.
It is not just the security forces who are being targeted. Civilians are also being attacked.
Al Jazeera‘s Jennifer Glasse visited one family that has witnessed loss firsthand.
Government forces have deployed helicopter gunships as they battle rebels in the Syrian capital, witnesses say.
The besieged opposition stronghold of Barzeh was under heavy assault on Sunday, according to activists.
“This is the first time Damascus has witnessed such fierce shelling,” Thabet Salem, a journalist in Damascus, told Al Jazeera. “There are very huge explosions.”
The Local Coordination Committees, an activist network, said “many individuals were injured” due to rocket and helicopter shelling of the Grand Mosque in Barzeh which set the mosque on fire.
Government forces reportedly also deployed in the outskirts of the Mezzeh district. Residents said rebels withdrew from the district after heavy aerial and ground bombardment.
Fighting also engulfed several district of Aleppo, Syria‘s main commercial hub, on Sunday. Residents reported clashes near the main intelligence base in the city.
An activist told the AFP news agency that government troops launched an assault on the Salaheddin district at dawn in a bid to reclaim it from rebel hands.
“Violent clashes have been taking place since the early morning,” the activist said. FULL POST
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