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Topic - Mousab Azzawi
President Obama said on Tuesday that the United States will formally recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as that country's legitimate representative, intensifying pressure on President Bashar Assad's embattled regime.
Fighting between rebels and Syrian forces intensified and spread across the capital of Damascus on Tuesday as diplomats scrambled to shore up a tough international response to the "civil war" ahead of a U.N. deadline for withdrawing observers.
Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that sought to stop the Syrian regime's brutal crackdown on an 11-month uprising as activists reported that Syrian security forces had “massacred” more than 250 people using mortar shells, tanks and snipers in the western city of Homs.
A Sudanese general linked to genocide in Darfur is leading an Arab League team to Syria to monitor the regime's compliance with a promise to end its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.
Syrian security forces this week killed more than 200 people on the eve of a visit by international observers monitoring Syria's compliance with an Arab League peace plan, according to eyewitnesses, activists and opposition sources.
"If you don't provide us with the tools to topple the regime, we will join with the devil," said Mousab Azzawi of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, part of the Syrian opposition. "If the U.S. wants to put an end to al-Nusrah, they should support the other groups to turn the table on the regime and end this suffering."
He said the rebel offensive has boxed the regime into a circle 7 miles in diameter in Damascus.