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Syria Crisis Digest: July 7 - July 13

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In this Sunday, July 8, 2012, photo released by Syria's official news agency SANA, Syrian troops participate in a live fire exercise in an undisclosed location in Syria. (AP Photo/SANA)
In this Sunday, July 8, 2012, photo released by Syria's official news agency SANA, Syrian troops participate in a live fire exercise in an undisclosed location in Syria. (AP Photo/SANA)

Each week, HuffPost World will provide the top stories out of Syria and a recap of events in the country's uprising, as President Bashar Assad’s regime continues its bloody crackdown.

July 7 - July 13 In Review


Media Not To Miss

Human Rights Watch -- 'Evidence Of Cluster Munition Use By Syrian Forces'

Videos posted online by a Syrian activists purport to show remnants of cluster munition, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The footage reportedly was shot in Jabal Shahshabu near the city of Hama. Opposition forces claim the area is a rebel stronghold and has been shelled by the Syrian army for weeks.

Read Human Rights Watch's report here.


Al Jazeera -- 'Al Qusayr: FSA's Biggest Victory In Months'

Al Jazeera correspondent James Bays reports from Al-Qusayr in Syria's Homs province, where opposition fighters recaptured large parts of the town from the Syrian army. Most of the town's residents have fled and supplies are scarce for those who remain.

Read more from Al Jazeera here.

GlobalPost -- 'Syria: A Revolution Divided'

Tracy Shelton reports on growing sectarian and religious radicalism among Syria's opposition fighters.

Like thousands of his fellow students, Diojen joined the revolution to bring freedom, democracy and dignity to the Syrian people. But more and more these days, he said, he is being asked to bring Islam too.

Diojen said he has become disillusioned by the changing course of the revolution, which he says is being co-opted by religious and sectarian extremists within the Free Syrian Army.

Read more from GlobalPost here.


The Daily Beast -- 'Champagne Flows While Syria Burns'

Despite several massacres, continued shelling, and more than 17,000 deaths since March 2011, some in Syria's elite keep up the party.

By the pool, glistening, oiled, and muscular bodies gyrated to a juiced-up version of Adele’s “Someone Like You.” Atop huge speakers, a Russian dancer swayed suggestively in front of the young, beautiful Syrian set drinking imported Lebanese beer with salt and lemon. Behind them, columns of smoke were rising—signs of car bombs and explosions, of an encroaching war.



Read more from The Daily Beast here.