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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Nabil Elaraby
An international conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war will be held in Geneva in late November, the head of the Arab League said Sunday, after weeks of diplomacy to bring the opposing sides to the negotiating table.
The Arab League chief urged exiled Syrian opposition figures to unite at a meeting Monday as a new Western effort to force President Bashar Assad from power faltered. Another 85 soldiers, including a general, fled to Turkey in a growing wave of defections.
Syrian security forces are still killing anti-government protesters despite the presence of foreign monitors in the country, the head of the Arab League said Monday. But he insisted the observer mission has yielded important concessions from the Damascus regime, such as the withdrawal of heavy weapons from cities.
A barrage of gunfire by security forces that left residents cowering in their homes killed at least nine people and wounded several others Wednesday in Homs, a hotbed of opposition to President Bashar Assad's autocratic regime, activists and residents said.
Elaraby told The Associated Press that the April 29 deadline would be extended “for months” and rejected the idea that the talks have failed to make progress.
Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said Wednesday he "deeply regretted" Brahimi's resignation, which he said reflected the failure of the international community - represented by the U.N. Security Council - to assume responsibility to stop the fighting in Syria.