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Syria's People V. The President

Syria Protests

First Posted: 06/08/11 11:26 AM ET Updated: 08/08/11 06:12 AM ET

The Independent:

Syria's revolt against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad is turning into an armed insurrection, with previously peaceful demonstrators taking up arms to fight their own army and the "shabiha" -- meaning "the ghosts", in English -- of Alawi militiamen who have been killing and torturing those resisting the regime's rule.

Even more serious for Assad's still-powerful supporters, there is growing evidence that individual Syrian soldiers are revolting against his forces. The whole edifice of Assad's Alawi dictatorship is now in the gravest of danger.

Read the whole story: The Independent

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Filed by Curtis M. Wong  |