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Heavy explosions rocked Damascus Saturday and helicopters circled overhead as rebels looked to be renewing their offensive in the Syrian capital, witnesses and activists said.

The fresh battles indicate that President Bashar Assad’s victories may be short-lived as armed rebel groups renew their efforts, possibly forcing the regime to shuffle military units to react to attacks stretching across the country.

The country’s violent civil war has intensified in the past weeks, as rebels focus their struggle on the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo.

"We heard heavy bombing since dawn," a witness in Damascus told The Associated Press, who requested anonymity out...

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