White House officials on Wednesday claimed that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had fired Scud missiles at rebels in recent days, in what's being seen as a major escalation of the fighting between the two sides. Administration officials said the missiles, which are normally used against tanks or military bases, were launched from Damascus at ragtag camps in the north of the country occupied by the Free Syrian Army, the main rebel group. The development came on the same day that President Obama for the first time recognized the opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, an indication of the U.S.'s deepening role in the conflict.
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