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Jeremy Bowen, BBC: Syria conflict: Grim prospect of 10 more years of war
Someone visiting central Damascus for the first time might wonder where to find the war. The covered markets in the Old City are packed with busy people. Traffic jams snarl up the streets. People with money can eat in restaurants.
The centre of the capital is the showcase of the government of President Bashar al-Assad. It has functioned well enough during the day since the war started in 2011.
Nights are a different matter. The nightlife of Damascus lives on only in a few determined outposts.
But until this last spring, visitors would not have to search for the war. They could hear it, even if they kept away from places where they could see it.
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WNU Editor: I have trouble believing that the Syrian war could last another 10 years .... then again .... I never thought that it would have lasted 5 years.