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Syria to snub international pressure — for now ANALYSIS 08/11/2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Syria to snub international pressure — for now

ANALYSIS

08/11/2011
BEIRUT — Though its days are seen as numbered, Syria’s regime is likely to press on with its ferocious crackdown on dissent, despite fellow Arab states and allies joining international condemnation, analysts say.

That was underscored when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, under growing pressure from abroad, stood his ground on Tuesday and said he would pursue a relentless war against the “terrorist groups” he says are behind the unrest.

“We will not waver in our pursuit of terrorist groups,” Assad told visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Rami Khouri, head of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, said “the regime has been fiercely resistant to international pressure and the moves by the Saudis, the Gulf.... MORE
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