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Scud missiles moving: Syrian soldiers take Scud missiles out of strike zone

Scud missiles: Reuters reports that Assad's soldiers are removing Scud missiles from a base north of the capital, to avoid being targeted by Western military forces.

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A mock Scud-B missile is displayed at a museum in Seoul, South Korea. Reuters reports that Assad's soldiers are moving Scud missiles from a base outside Damascus, to get the Scuds out of the strike zone of an attack from foreign powers.

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President Bashar al-Assad's forces have removed several Scud missiles and dozens of launchers from a base north of Damascus, possibly to protect the weapons from a Western attack, opposition sources told Reuters on Thursday.

The move from the position in the foothills of the Qalamoun mountains, one of Syria's most heavily militarised districts, appears part of a precautionary but limited redeployment of armaments in areas of central Syria still held by Assad's forces, diplomats based in the Middle East told Reuters.

They said rebel raids and fighting near key roads had blocked a wider evacuation of the hundreds of security and army bases that dot the country of 22 million, where Assad's late father imposed his autocratic dynasty four decades ago.

 
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