Entries in President Assad (2)


Annan Meets with Assad as Government Troops Launch Fresh Attack 

(DAMASCUS) -- Syrian troops are pushing ahead with a new assault on dissidents as U.N. envoy, Kofi Annan, holds talks with President Assad in Damascus in an effort to end the fighting.

The U.N. sent Annan to Syria in an effort to call for an immediate ceasefire by both government and opposition troops, the BBC reports. Assad told Annan that no political dialogue can take place as long as "armed terrorist groups" are operating in the country.

There were reports of fresh attacks by Assad's troops on the northwestern city Idlib as Annan arrived.

According to the U.N., 7,500 people have died in the past year from the conflict in Syria.

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Syria Death Toll Rising Above 4,000, UN Official Says

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(GENEVA) -- The United Nations says that more than 4,000 people have been killed in almost nine months of violence in Syria.  The High Commissioner for human rights said that though they are placing the death toll at 4,000, they believe the actual number is much higher.

Commissioner Navi Pillay also characterized the uprising as a civil war, a term that has been much debated to describe what's happening in Syria.  Pillay said that she's calling it a civil war because more and more army defectors are threatening to take up arms against President Assad's regime.

On Thursday, the U.S. and European Union tightened sanctions on the Syrian Real Estate Bank and the Military Housing Establishment as well as two close associates of President Assad, according to Voice of America. With these new additions to the list of individuals and entities blacklisted from the U.S. financial system, some officials familiar with the matter say the departure of the Syrian president is almost certain.

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