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Defectors claim they made attack in Syria

Arab neighbors press for peace

A rally in Damascus supported Syria’s President Bashar Assad before an Arab delegation urged him to end the nation’s strife. A rally in Damascus supported Syria’s President Bashar Assad before an Arab delegation urged him to end the nation’s strife. (Khaled al-HaririReuters)
By Nada Bakri
New York Times / October 27, 2011

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Arab officials held a “frank and friendly’’ meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad yesterday, the head of the delegation said at the beginning of a regional effort to resolve a bloody 7-month revolt, the most serious challenge yet to the four decade Assad dynasty. The Arab committee is trying to start talks between Assad’s government and its opponents, but protest leaders reject any dialogue with the regime while it continues its brutal crackdown, which the U.N. says has killed more than 3,000 people since March.

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