Mohammad Osama al-Laham, the brother of Syrian speaker of parliament Jihad Laham, was shot to death in his car while on his way to work in Damascus on Tuesday, as fighting between government forces and rebels surged in the capital and several other cities. The official Syrian news agency, SANA, blamed the assassination on "terrorists," a term it uses to describe all opposition fighters. The assassination came just days after the abduction and killing of Mohamed Rafeh, 30, a television star who was an outspoken supporter of the regime's deadly crackdown on its armed opponents.
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