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Arab League Pushes for Progress in Syria

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Posted on Jan 2, 2012
AP / Shaam News Network via APTN

This image from amateur video dated Friday and made available by Shaam News Network purports to show an Arab League monitor describing seeing a sniper in Daraa, Syria.

The presence of delegates from the Arab League hasn’t eradicated the deadly clashes between governmental forces and the civilians in Syria, although some of the more obvious signs of strife had diminished by Monday. According to the head of the visiting coalition, the violence persists from behind the scenes as snipers continue to claim lives.  —KA

BBC:

The Arab League secretary general has called for an end to shootings in Syria, warning snipers remain a threat.

Nabil al-Arabi said “all signs of military presence” had left the cities, with tanks and artillery removed.

Some 60 Arab League monitors are checking compliance with a peace plan, but correspondents say protesters are frustrated they cannot stop killings.

[...] There has been no let-up in violence, and activists say 390 people have been killed since the observers arrived last week.

Activist group the Local Co-ordination Committees said 15 people were killed on Monday, 10 of them in the flashpoint city of Homs.

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By gerard, January 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

Most important to remember—and not entirely different from what we might expect concerning divisions in our own perennial disputes :

  The Syrian opposition can be divided into four groups:
1 dissidents in exile abroad who recently formed the Syrian National Council (SNC)
2 opposition blocs inside Syria itself who form part of the National Coordination Committee (NCC)
3 the grassroots protest movement in Syria
4 army officers who have defected and make up the Free Syrian Army
    Calls for imposing a no-fly zone and foreign intervention appear to be the main points of contention for Syria’s opposition both inside and outside the country.

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