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Originally published Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 3:35 AM

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Regime clamps down in Damascus for anniversary

Activists say Syria's regime is beefing up security measures in Damascus on the second anniversary of the country's uprising.

Associated Press

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BEIRUT —

Activists say Syria's regime is beefing up security measures in Damascus on the second anniversary of the country's uprising.

Some rebels have called for stepped-up attacks to mark the anniversary. The banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group has called for a "week of action" on the occasion but didn't specify what it would do.

Syria's uprising began in mid-March 2011 with protests in the southern city of Daraa after troops arrested teenagers who scrawled anti-regime graffiti on a wall.

It has since morphed into a civil war with an estimated 70,000 people killed, according to the United Nations.

A Damascus-based activist who identified himself as Abu Qais said troops increased patrols and security searches in the country's capital. He spoke on condition his real name not be used for security concerns.

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