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UN Syria Envoy Says Mission 'Nearly Impossible'

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, meets with the U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, in Damascus, September 15, 2012.
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, meets with the U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, in Damascus, September 15, 2012.
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The international peace envoy to Syria has met with President Bashar al-Assad, and says the crisis in the country is getting worse.

Lakhdar Brahimi met with Assad in Damascus Saturday, their first meeting since Brahimi took over as the U.N. and Arab League special envoy.  The meeting took place as new reports came in of clashes between Syrian forces and rebels and civilians outside Damascus and in Aleppo.

Brahimi told reporters great efforts will be made to end the conflict, but the crisis now poses a threat to the entire region and the world.

Syria maintains its forces are fighting Islamist terrorists.  Syrian state media quoted Assad as telling Brahimi that the crisis can only be stopped if countries that finance and train the terrorists are stopped.

Brahimi replaced former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the envoy to Syria two weeks ago.

After arriving in Syria Thursday, he described his mission to end the 18-month-long crisis as "nearly impossible."

On Friday, a U.N. spokesman said Brahimi met with Syrian officials, U.N. staff, Red Cross officers and envoys from Russia and China.  Brahimi is also set to meet with a Syrian opposition group and a European Union delegation.

Eighteen months of fighting between government forces and rebels has killed about 20,000 people, mostly civilians.  U.N. officials say the war has driven more than 1 million people from their homes.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 130 people were killed in violence in Syria on Friday alone.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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by: D Ross from: Bangkok Thailand
September 16, 2012 3:36 AM
Many seasoned expatriates agree that has been, is, and will continue to be a fool's errand to bring 'democracy' to the Middle East - a geography riven with a millennia of tribal enmity and revenge cultures, the deed is undoable.
Knowledgeable people throughout the Near East hold with President Putin's position - Assad must be supported. Failing this, Syria will most surely join the burgeoning ranks of failed states, its streets awash with howling mobs of illiterate youths, screaming Jihad.
It is a fact, that for every autocratic leader that fell in the Middle East, from Mohammad Rezā Pahlavī to Muammar Gaddafi, chaos, riots, murder, and insurrection followed - as night follows day.

by: Haron from: Afghanistan
September 15, 2012 1:01 PM
I think it must be stop now by those who support the rebels. it should be stop and USA must to find a solution way for Afghanistan instead of Syria. like birds US troops are killing by hunters. they are not safe in their own bases. and today Afghan soldiers fired on NATO coalition forces. most American were killed today. once you should find the way to pull-out your troops then bring a democracy to other countries which impossible to bring in Afghanistan.

by: american from: america
September 15, 2012 11:38 AM
these are mossad, blackwater. cia and al cia duh trying to start a war,

by: the Lrod from: Bajdocja
September 15, 2012 9:22 AM
Yesterday at least three members of my family has been murdered and replaced by Israeli commando. My nience Aga in Lodz , my Uncle Eugeniusz Okularczyk in my hometown Poraj and Uncle Krzysztof in Myszkow. All in Poland.

Also my Belarusian replacement has been instaled in my home builded during communism thanks to Ronald Reagan and friends. You shall remeber Aga from video clip - The Russians. No, they was not a Russians they was part of Pilsudski family - Holy Family.

More: http://tautur.tumblr.com/post/31516834290

by: Philip Smeeton from: Oslo
September 15, 2012 6:54 AM
The first fundamental truth about the "Arab Spring" is that there never was one. The salient fact of the Middle East, the only one, is Islam. The Islam that shapes the Middle East inculcates in Muslims the self-perception that they are members of a civilization implacably hostile to the West. The United States is a competitor to be overcome, not the herald of a culture to be embraced.

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