Arab League May Boot Syria

Emergency meeting today in Cairo could recognize opposition
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2011 5:45 AM CDT
Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stand on the balconies of a building bearing his poster during a pro-regime rally in Damascus on October 12, 2011. Assad's regime is facing international...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Arab League officials will hold an emergency meeting today in Cairo to discuss suspending Syria from the organization because of Bashar al-Assad's continued bloody crackdown against protesters, reports the AP. Already several Arab states have recalled their ambassadors to Syria, where the death toll in uprisings has reportedly topped 3,000 since beginning in March. Today's emergency meeting could also consider recognizing the Syrian National Council, created by protest groups. Syria, meanwhile, showed no signs of bowing: The army fired on mourners gathered for the funeral of an activist killed yesterday.

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