Thousands flee as Syrian rebels wage guerrilla war

photo Layla Fadhil, an Iraqi refugee, sits with her family's belongings after her arrival from Syria to the Mansour neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, July 20, 2012. Iraq has flown hundreds of its citizens out of Damascus to escape the civil war in Syria, an official said Friday, while thousands of Iraqis poured through a major border crossing despite rebel takeovers of Syrian government posts and escalating violence near the two nations' boundaries.

BEIRUT - Rebels pressed their guerrilla fight to topple Syria's regime deeper into the capital on Friday, ambushing troops and attacking police stations as thousands of terrified civilians fled to Lebanon and Iraq to escape some of the worst violence of the 16-month conflict.