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  • Protesters chant slogans Nov. 2, 2011, during a demonstration against the Syrian regime, held in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo. (Associated Press)

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    Syrian troops backed by tanks stormed a town Sunday near the border with Lebanon, as security forces rounded up more than 500 people, including a leading dissident, across the country over the past two days, activists said.

  • A Syrian family shouts slogans against Syrian President Bashar Asssad as they wear Syrian independence flags during a protest outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Sunday, July 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Syrian troops descend on central city, shoot 20

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    Thousands of elite troops led by President Bashar Assad's brother converged Wednesday on a restive northern area, and neighboring villages called to warn that the convoys of tanks were approaching, a resident and a Syrian activist said.

  • Syrian protesters carry national flags as they shout slogans against President Bashar Assad in front of the Syrian Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Syria's army has carried out days of deadly assaults to crush protesters calling for the end of Mr. Assad's rule. (AP Photo)

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  • Opponents of the Syrian regime gathered on Turkey's Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya, on June 1, 2011, for a conference aimed at overcoming their differences and bolstering protesters who have endured a bloody crackdown under President Bashar Assad. (Associated Press)

    Toll of Syrian crackdown rises to 33 in 2 towns

    A government crackdown on two Syrian towns in the country's center and south killed at least 33 people, including an 11-year-old girl shot dead by troops during a fierce shelling, activists said Wednesday.

  • Syrians who fled from violence in their country's western villages along the Lebanese-Syrian border protest against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime, in the Wadi Khaled area of Lebanon, about one-half mile from the border, on Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo)

    Syrian activists call general strike in new tactic

    Syrian protesters called Tuesday for a one-day nationwide general strike, urging students to skip school and workers to bring commerce to a halt in a new strategy of defiance against government crackdowns that appear to be turning more brutal and bloody.

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