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Syria Hovers Nearer and Nearer Civil War | Care2 Causes

Syria Hovers Nearer and Nearer Civil War | Care2 Causes

President Bashar al-Assad has announced a general amnesty for anyone accused of crimes during the past ten months in which a popular anti-government uprising has engulfed the country. Assad had made similar announcements in May, June and November but there has been no confirmation that anyone has taken him up on these offers or indeed received immunity, says the BBC’s Jonathan Head in Turkey, Syria’s neighbor and former ally. The Syrian president’s latest announcement seems unlikely to end the unrest in a nation teetering on the verge of civil war. With over 5,000 killed since last March according to the United Nations, and thousands said to be detained and tortured, any diplomatic resolution to the uprising seems increasingly in doubt. An Arab League mission of 165 international monitors has been widely decried as a failure. Syria had agreed to the visit provided that it ...

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