NATO Moves Toward Deployment on Syria Border

In this May 26, 2010, photo, a U.S. soldier stands next to a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery at an army base in Morag, Poland.

In this May 26, 2010, photo, a U.S. soldier stands next to a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery at an army base in Morag, Poland.

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In Syria, government forces shelled rebellious suburbs around the capital, Damascus. They also clashed with rebels in Damascus as well as in the northern city of Aleppo and elsewhere. Anti-regime activists say more than 40,000 have been killed since the country's crisis started with political protests in March 2011.

The fighting in Syria has enflamed tensions in neighboring Lebanon, where security officials said the toll in clashes between two neighborhoods in the northern city of Tripoli had risen to eight dead and more than 60 wounded.

The clashes between the two communities, which support opposite sides in Syria's civil war, started Monday, following reports that 17 Lebanese men were killed after entering Syria to fight alongside the rebels.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

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Associated Press writers David Rising in Berlin and Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.

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