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Good evening I'm -- -- this is a Fox News alert the brutality in Syria has crossed another deadly line.
With what is said to be the worst massacre yet in that conflict.
Syria's friends in high places have again thwarted the latest attempt to diplomatically end the violence there and the country's president has come out of hiding.
Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen has the latest live from the State Department -- -- good evening the Syrian government deployed helicopters and artillery against the rebel opposition today -- a British based human rights group reported more than 250 casualties.
60% of them civilians.
Making this the highest single day death -- In the history of the sixteen month uprising.
From state run television the first images of Syrian president Bashar -- -- since rebel forces assassinated three of his top aides.
The occasion was the swearing in of the new defense minister.
But -- never spoke and US officials still said they don't know where he is.
The capital city of Damascus wilted under a fifth day of pitched battle with a solid grip on power badly shaken.
The main fear of US policy makers is the prospect of serious suffering a complete breakdown of authority.
However current and former Obama administration officials told Fox News.
-- American and allied intelligence agencies do have a pretty good fix on where most of the regime's chemical and biological weapons are.
The fact on the ground that better positions the allies as they try to shape the post -- ever.
It's not just the weapons being used on the Syrian people announced what -- that's what he would do mostly from artillery shells.
But also fall into the hands of -- Hezbollah and the al-Qaeda please raise that happened.
At the UN Security Council Russia and China for the third time vetoed a new resolution aimed at compelling the regime to halt military operations.
The perpetuation of the status quo.
Is in no way static.
It is in fact a recipe.
For intensified conflict.
And a proxy war that could engulf the region.
Senior US officials said they are conducting intense and ongoing dialogue with the Syrian rebels stressing that any post -- -- government must respect the rights of religious minorities.
But on Capitol Hill opinions split on whether the Obama administration is doing enough to help the rebels who overtly or otherwise.
I don't think we're doing -- we don't need -- -- -- the last thing in the world America needs to do was hide from leadership.
That's what it drives me nuts if there is a clear plan of action.
Everybody else wants to -- it I think the administration is -- and there are no great options.
An aide to secretary of state Clinton publicly reminded the rebels today the Washington has provided them with millions of dollars worth of nonlethal -- Including communications equipment Bretton James Rosen live the State Department will continue to follow this developing story James thank you.
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