Fear rules in Damascus as Syria's revolt enters fourth year

By Reuters | Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:26 AM

DAMASCUS, March 18 (Reuters) - During a recent meeting of Damascene merchants, talk turned to the case of a colleague detained by Syria's powerful and dreaded state security apparatus.

The man in question, it seemed, had overheard someone cursing President Bashar al-Assad, but failed to turn them in.

"Imagine that! They took him and beat him to a pulp and called him a mute devil for not reporting his...

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