FROM Murhaf Jouejati
Violence, Protest and Regional Pressure: What's Next for Syria? Army defectors attacked a military intelligence building in Syria today as pressure builds on the dictator, Bashar al-Assad, to stop killing his own people. Would outright civil war serve his interests or those of a divided opposition?
Violence, Protest and Regional Pressure: What's Next for Syria? Syrian army defectors reportedly attacked notorious Air Force intelligence sites near Damascus today, although reports are sketchy and hard to confirm. The Arab League is meeting in Morocco to uphold its suspension of Syria and find other ways to isolate the regime. Turkey, a non-Arab neighbor, is there. We update those stories and talk to a Western reporter who managed to get inside the country and produce the Frontline documentary, Syria Undercover . We also hear from an expatriate Syrian who's part of a peaceful opposition group as pressures build on a dictator who's killing his own people.
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