Syrian forces pound rebels, declare Damascus victory

A member of the Free Syrian Army walks past a destroyed building in AzzazALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – The government of Bashar al-Assad declared victory on Sunday in a hard-fought battle for Syria's capital Damascus, and pounded rebels who control of parts of its largest city Aleppo. Assad's forces have struggled as never before to maintain their grip on the country over the past two weeks after a major rebel advance into the two largest cities and an explosion that killed four top security officials. …