Amateur videos uploaded to the Internet purport to show air strikes targeting the Damascus suburb of Arbin in Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Panic in the streets in suburban Damascus. The video, which cannot be independently verified, comes amid reports that Russian warplanes have hit 566 targets in Syrian the past three days. More than 250,000 people have been killed in Syria since 2011. Many more have fled the country. It's a fight that pits President Bashar al-Assad against a range of rebel groups including Islamist brigades and hardline jihadists such as Islamic State. U.S-led forces are bombarding Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq. The UN hopes to bring Syria's warring parties together in late January to try to end nearly five years of war.