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Damascus is Assad's 'last bastion'

Last modified: 28 Nov 2012 14:19

Al Jazeera's Rula Amin, reporting from Beirut, said twin bombings in Damascus show the continued fight for the Syrian capital.

Speaking from neighbouring Lebanon hours after Wednesday's attacks in Jaramana, our correspondent said "Damascus is the last bastion for the government ... The government is using everything at its disposal" to defend the capital.

Both sides, however, are preparing for a potential "battle for Damascus", said Al Jazeera's Amin.

The government has claimed that the armed opposition has begun recruiting between 20 and 30,000 fighters for a possible operation in Damascus. Our correspondent said so far, the opposition has not denied the government's claim.

Until now, opposition fighters had embarked on "hit-and-run style" attacks in the capital, but if the reports of additional forces are true, Amin said that tactic could quickly change.