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Syrian unrest blame spreads, says Russian

| Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

A day after a group of renegade soldiers known as the Free Syrian Army was reported to have launched an attack on a key government army base outside Damascus, Russia's foreign minister appeared to be condemning anti-regime forces for the escalating bloodshed, saying that "violence is not only coming from authorities."

What's going on in Syria "already looks like a civil war," Sergei Lavrov warned on Thursday.

"It is not a secret that along with the peaceful demonstrators, whose strivings and demands we support, there is more and more participation from groups of armed people who have an entirely different agenda from reform and democracy in Syria," he said.

Lavrov also urged Syrian and opposition forces alike to cease violence and negotiate.

Unconfirmed reports said six government soldiers were killed in the assault on the Air Force Intelligence building in Harasta.

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