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Times journalists answer questions about reporting inside Syria

Times journalists answer questions about reporting inside Syria

Los Angeles Times staff writers Patrick J. McDonnell and Raja Abdulrahim recently returned from reporting trips in Syria. McDonnell, the paper’s Beirut bureau chief, was covering the war from the government side. He wrote about the start of the school year in the Syrian capital, Damascus, the daily frustrations of living in a war zone and the boost President Bashar Assad has received from pro-government militias. Abdulrahim was reporting from rebel-held areas. She wrote about people rebuilding their homes amid the ruins of Aleppo, the terrifying bridge where residents are picked off daily by a government sniper and fighting between Al Qaeda-linked militants and mainstream Syrian...

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