Syria was suspended in November 2011. The deal at the time was the country would stay exiled until Mr. Assad ended violence against rebel fighters and protesters, Agence France-Presse reported. In 2012, the Arab League then recognized one of the rebel forces, the Syrian National Coalition, and SNC head Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib as the legitimate voice at the League’s table.
The United Nations estimates that more than 70,000 have been killed during conflict, which has been waged since March 2011, and pushed another one million into refugee status.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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