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  • In this citizen journalism image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria and released Feb. 1, 2012, an anti-Syrian regime protester holds a poster in Arabic that reads, "to the Syrian freedom soldiers, our hearts are bases for you," as he walks during a demonstration in Idlib Province, north Syria. (Associated Press/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

    Activists say 23 dead in Syria violence

    Deadly clashes erupted between government troops and rebels in suburbs of the Syrian capital and villages in the country's south Friday, sparking fighting that killed at least 23 people, including nine soldiers, activists said.

  • Protesters shout slogans as they carry pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Syrian flags during a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy in Beirut on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, to express gratitude for Russia's support of Syria. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Syrian army launches offensive near Damascus

    The Syrian military launched an offensive to regain control of suburbs on the eastern edge of Damascus on Sunday, storming neighborhoods and clashing with groups of army defectors in fierce fighting that sent residents fleeing and killed at least three civilians, activists said.

  • Syrian army defectors stand guard on a rooftop to secure an anti-Syrian regime protest in the Deir Baghlaba area in Homs province, central Syria, on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. Armed forces loyal to President Bashar Assad barraged residential buildings with mortars and machine-gun fire, killing at least 30 people, including a family of women and children during a day of sectarian killings and kidnappings in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, activists said Friday. (AP Photo)

    Arab League halts observer mission in Syria

    The deputy chief of the Arab League says the pan-Arab body has halted its observer mission in Syria because of the increasing violence there.

  • With a child on his hip and a rifle in his hand, a Syrian army defector celebrates with comrades after they joined the anti-regime forces in Homs province. The Syrian government crackdown has killed more than 5,400 people since March.

    Syrian troops storm Damascus suburb

    Syrian troops stormed a flash point suburb of Damascus on Thursday, rounding up people in house-to-house raids and clashing with army defectors, activists said, as the 10-month-old uprising inches ever closer to the capital.

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

    Russia to keep blocking U.N. sanctions on Syria

    Russia will stonewall any U.N. sanctions on Syria and will push for a quick start of talks between the Syrian government and the country's opposition, the Russian foreign minister said Wednesday.

  • Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    Foreign minister: Syria has duty to confront armed groups

    Syria's foreign minister said Tuesday that "half the universe" is conspiring against his country, as Gulf Arab nations withdrew from a monitoring mission in Syria because the government has failed to stop 10 months of violence.

  • Syria rejects Arab League plan to end growing crisis

    Syria rejected the Arab League's wide-ranging new plan to end the country's 10-month crisis, saying Monday that the league's call for a national unity government in two months is a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty as violence raged.

  • Syrian army defectors gather at the mountain resort town of Zabadani, Syria, near the Lebanese border, on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. President Bashar Assad's forces attacked Zabadani for six days, sparking fierce fighting that involved heavy bombardments and clashes with the defectors. (AP Photo)

    Arab League extends Syria mission for another month

    A clash between Syrian forces and army defectors erupted Sunday in a suburb of the tightly held capital of Damascus, adding urgency just as the Arab League was extending an observers' mission that so far has failed to end long months of bloody violence.

  • Assad insists no foreign troops will be allowed in

    Syria "absolutely rejects" any plans to send foreign Arab troops into the country, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, as the death toll mounted from the 10-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

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