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The Podium

Friday, November 30

Cutting of Syria

By Brad

Yesterday, all of Syria plunged into Internet darkness as rebels continue to clash with the government. Today, Bassem Mroue of the Associated Press reports the blackout continues:

The Internet outage, confirmed by two U.S.-based companies that monitor online connectivity, is unprecedented in Syria’s uprising against Assad, which activists say has killed more than 40,000 people since the revolt began in March 2011.

Regime forces have suffered a string of tactical defeats in recent weeks, losing air bases and other strategic facilities. The government may be trying to blunt additional rebel offensives by hampering communications.