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U.N. envoy Kofi Annan says the conflict in Syria is now a civil war, Reuters reports.
The comments come after reports that the Syrian government has lost "large chunks of territory" in some cities.
The U.N. also reported members of its observer team in Syria were attacked by angry crowds as they tried to reach an embattled mountain village near President Bashar Assad's hometown. The vehicles also were later shot at.
Annan says the attacks against the observers Tuesday were deliberate, Reuters reports.
None of the observers were injured.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and is warning about a dramatic escalation in the Arab country's 15-month conflict.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the delivery represents the "latest information." She says the U.S. is concerned as the helicopters "will escalate the conflict quite dramatically."
She is calling instead for Moscow to help the U.S. push forward a political transition plan for Syria.
not good by any means, lets hope we the US have had enough of civil wars, supply arms yes... troops no, let them fight it out
it seems it is full blown civil war now news.yahoo.com... form the link
Syria is now in a full-scale civil war, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Tuesday, as UN observers reported they were fired on as they tried to enter a town feared to be the focus of a new massacre.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Washington would find it hard to support the extension of the observer mission beyond next month if the government of President Bahar al-Assad's regime continued to show "contempt" for a UN-backed ceasefire that was supposed to go into effect from April 12.