Sunday, December 9, 2012

Syria's civil war spills into Lebanon: 4 killed in fighting between gunmen loyal to opposing sides in Syrian civil war

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's civil war spilled over into neighboring Lebanon once again on Sunday, with gun battles in the northern city of Tripoli between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad's regime that left four dead.

Nine Syrian judges and prosecutors also defected to the opposition. It was the latest setback for the regime, which appears increasingly embattled with rebels making gains in northern Syria and near Damascus, the capital.

Germany's Federal Intelligence Service chief Gerhard Schindler predicted the Assad regime would not survive.

"Signs are increasing that the regime in Damascus is in its final phase," he was quoted as telling the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.