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Syrian forces have fired Scud missiles at rebels, US officials say

The Syrian military is now firing Scud missiles at rebel forces in the north from the Damascus suburbs -- and so far at least two of the Scuds have landed in civilian neighborhoods. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reports.

United States officials confirm to NBC News that for the first time in the Syrian conflict, the Syrian military has been firing Scud missiles at rebel fighters in northern Syria.  

The officials report that as many as eight Scud missiles have been fired over the past several days from launchers in the suburbs surrounding Damascus at areas considered rebel strongholds. According to one official, the U.S. has tracked the Scuds by radar.

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The officials say there is no evidence the Syrian military has loaded the Scuds with chemical weapons.

According to one U.S. official, the Syrians’ use of Scuds is further evidence that President Bashar Assad's regime has become increasingly desperate.

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