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Pressure mounts on Syria following clashes

Opposition asks Russians for support

The Foreign Ministry of Russia, one of Bashar Assad’s steadiest allies, met with the Syrian National Council, an opposition group led by chairman Burhan Ghalioun (second from right). The Foreign Ministry of Russia, one of Bashar Assad’s steadiest allies, met with the Syrian National Council, an opposition group led by chairman Burhan Ghalioun (second from right). (Denis Sinyakov/Reuters)
By Nada Bakri and Rick Gladstone
New York Times / November 16, 2011

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As foreign pressure intensified on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad yesterday, rights activists said that the death toll from violent clashes Monday was much higher than first reported. They estimated that 50 to 71 people were killed, including 34 soldiers who were killed in clashes with army defectors. The total nearly matched the 72 deaths on April 22, the bloodiest day of the popular uprising so far.

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